Downton Abbey Stars Angered Show Bosses By Swimming In Costume
Hugh Bonneville And His Downton Abbey Co-stars Infuriated Show Bosses By Jumping Into A Swimming Pool In Their Costumes During A Break From Filming.
The incident occurred when the castmembers were relaxing on location after a day on set filming the final episode of season six, which aired in the U.K. on Sunday (08/11/2015).
The stars had spent the day battling soaring temperatures in their stifling period costumes shooting a wedding scene, so they decided to cool off in a nearby swimming pool, and most of the actors went into the water wearing their 1920s-style undergarments.
“At the end of that particular day (filming the scene of Lady Mary’s wedding) the people who let us use their house as a sort of ‘green room’ which was next to the church in Oxfordshire, had very kindly entertained us all afternoon, perhaps with a bottle of rose (wine),” Hugh tells U.K. TV show This Morning.
“And at the end of the shoot that day - and it was a really, really hot day as well - quite a few of us just took everything off, well not everything, but took things off and jumped in their pool! And it was lovely.”
However, the castmembers who went swimming in their costumes incurred the wrath of show bosses and the heads of the wardrobe department.
“Unfortunately… the girls (were) jumping in their… slips and of course the costume department had to get it all ready again for the next morning and I think they got a bit of a slapped wrist!”
Hugh avoided ruining his character Lord Grantham’s wedding clothes by stripping down to his thermal pants and a vest.
“I neatly folded all my wedding gear over a chair so I was alright,” he explains. “Did I go in the buff (naked)? No, no, no - I had Lord Grantham’s long johns and vest.”