Downton Abbey actor Rob James Collier has admitted to not speaking to Dame Maggie Smith because he was so "intimidated" by her.
Speaking to Lancashire Life magazine, the actor, who plays Thomas Barrow in the hit ITV1 period drama which will be returning to our screens for a two hour Christmas special, admitted that he was terrified of the iconic actress.
Rob had nothing to worry about with Dame Maggie Smith (WENN)
He said: "A lot of us were a bit intimidated by her. There are great actors in the cast, then there is Maggie. Nobody does it better.
"She's the master of the withering put-down and has a death-ray stare. I experienced it when I trod on her toe when we had to dance... It took me two years to pluck up the courage to have a proper conversation (with her)."
However, Rob who has also appeared in Coronation Street found that he had nothing to be worried about, adding:
"Then I found she is incredibly down-to-earth. No one calls her Dame Maggie and she has a wicked sense of humour."
The festive episode of Downton Abbey will be hitting our screens on Christmas Day! Will you be watching? We will!