Meddlesome maid soap opera
The lady’s maids are on the move: “Evil Edna” the below stairs vixen who was fired spectacularly during the Christmas special is back. MyAnna Buring, who plays her, says she couldn’t see how the character could return given the circumstances in which she left last time (after snogging Tom Branson).
But the departure in the night of scheming Sarah O’Brien (perhaps Lady Cora found out about the bar of soap?) opens up an opportunity for Edna who still has designs on Branson. “Edna is somebody who has dreams far above her station. She sees in Branson somebody who has realised those dreams and she hopes that one day she can realise her own,” Buring says. “When they met during the Christmas episode I think she definitely had this sort of romantic view of Branson. I think she’s much more pragmatic this time around, believing they can be allies and help each other. She fantasises about him in that way.”