The middle daughter dons the spangles
Lady Edith gets to take centre stage. The dowdiest of the three Crawley sisters is benefiting from not being jilted (in this series, anyway), widowed or dying in childbirth. She takes full advantage by having a rampant affair with the married editor of The Sketch, for which she writes a column.
“In episode one Edith and Michael Gregson (Charlie Edwards) are reunited after six months – they haven’t seen each other since Matthew’s death,” says Laura Carmichael, who plays Edith. “But things are going very strong between them…Gregson has this bohemian lifestyle and he opens Edith’s eyes to all that…you get to feel a bit of the rebellion she’s going through. The family don’t notice that she’s socialising a lot, which is great for her - everyone’s so concerned about Mary.” Edith’s clothes have changed too, becoming “risqué, beautiful and sexy” according to the actor, who nicknamed one such frock the “Beadith”. Oo er!