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Downton Abbey's Lily James: 'Maggie Smith Told Me I Looked Like A Toilet Roll Cover'

Wasn't a fan of some of her costumes


Downton Abbey star Lily James has revealed that Dame Maggie Smith once told her she looked like a toilet roll cover.

The 23-year-old actress, who plays Lady Rose MacClare on the popular period drama, was discussing her character's wardrobe with Grazia when the subject came up.

She said: "In the third series I had to wear a blue tiered dress and Maggie Smith told me I looked like a toilet roll cover, which I did."

Lady Rose is set to be more involved in the show's Christmas special than she has been in other recent episodes, and James has teased that we'll get to see her being even more mischievous than usual.

"I love playing such a naughty character," she said. "Lady Rose breaks all of the rules and pushes the boundaries."

Downton's third series was a huge hit yet again for ITV1, securing more viewers on a number of occasions than The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing results shows.

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