Elizabeth McGovern was “so proud” of her husband’s work on “Downton Abbey: A New Era”.
The 60-year-old actress – who reprises her role as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham in the film’s sequel – doesn’t get many opportunities to work with director Simon Curtis, so it was a “privilege” of the having behind the camera on his latest project.
She told Big Issue magazine: “I don’t get a lot of opportunities to work with Simon, so it was a privilege.
“I was nervous because it’s so hard to step into something that’s already in motion, but I was so proud of him.
“It’s been years since I’ve worked with him and he’s gained so much confidence and expertise.
“I was really blown away watching him work. It was a very beautiful thing to experience.”
And Elizabeth was very impressed with how Simon was able to “imprint his own personality” into such an established saga.
She added, “He has a real history with so many people in the acting community and lived the whole show so intensely through me, so he was in a good position to fit in.
“But he managed something very difficult – he imprinted his own personality on it.
“You can really see his warmth and sense of humor shine through in the film.”
Elizabeth is very proud of the relationship the actors have established with each other.
She said: “We all went through something together and grew up a bit.
“So there is a real sense of trust and respect. That’s really nice. Very unusual. I feel so proud of everyone.