I have so many exciting things to tell y'all about my trip to Highclere today!!
First of all, I figured out the bag drop thing! The Newbury Information Centre let us stow all of our stuff! :)
Second, we found out that OUR CAB DRIVER HAS BEEN A DRIVER FOR THE WHOLE DOWNTON ABBEY CAST FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS!!!
He told us all about his adventures driving the actors around, and all about their funny little quirks!
I managed to write a few of them down so I could share with tall!
NOTE: THIS IS ALL THE CAB DRIVER’s SPECULATIONS AND MAY NOT BE TOTALLY TRUE FACT
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-Turns out Hugh Bonneville is totally OCD! Which is odd cuz I feel like he’s often a bit disheveled and generally seems super laid back in interviews!
-Hugh Bon doesn’t like to touch door knobs–he uses a cloth or, if filming, he makes the crew Lysol it before he touches it.
-Hugh lives in Hampshire rather than London
-No one is allowed on Hugh’s gravel driveway except him and his wife. After Hugh’s wife drove him to the end of the driveway to meet the taxi, our driver got yelled at for entering the gravel path–LOL!!
-Elizabeth McGovern takes her guitar with her EVERYWHERE!
-He was convinced she was just carrying around an empty case till he saw her perform on tv! He wasn’t a big fan of the music though.
-Jim Carter was rude and self entitled and was super pissed to be riding in a taxi when he was supposed to have a nicer private car.
I bet it was just a stressful day for jim, because I can’t imagine him rude!
-Rosamund would tell him all of the secrets about the other cast members–hehe!
- Edith or Gwen or Ethyl or Miss Bunting had a trailer incident where they undressed with the trailer door wide open!
- Maggie Smith always rode by herself and he often had to take her straight from the Downton set to various London sets and theaters for her other projects. She’s always so busy!
-Dan Stevens was his favorite–super kind and chill, and an all-around nice guy.
-He often had to pick Dan up drunk cuz he’d always go out drinking with the camera crew!
- Siobhan Finneran (O'Brien) swears a lot, but she’s very down to earth. Also frugal.
- if the cast members ever shared a ride towards the end of filming, they’d always ask each other super discretely if they had other jobs lined up.
-Picking up the twin boys who play George was one of his favorite rides.
OH, AND I MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE BOUGHT A VICTORIAN NIGHTDRESS!!!!!
Tonight I saw Hedwig and went to the stage door afterwards. I told Darren I loved his nails and he picked up on my accent, asking ‘Scotland or the north of England?’ I answered Northern England and, after he incorrectly guessed Newcastle, I told him I was from Yorkshire and he said 'oh yeah, you sound like Daisy from Downton Abbey’. I laughed, then he laughed, touched my arm and carried on down the line whilst I just quietly hyperventilated.