‘Downton Abbey’ season 4, Sophie McShera, and that story you didn’t smell coming

This just in: Apparently, it is even harder to play a servant on “Downton Abbey” than we originally thought. While you may get the benefit of getting to work for only a certain percentage of the year (rather than almost all of it) and also get to perform using some of the best scripts on all television, you also have to deal with some pretty nasty things as a servant. Not only do you have to look the part, but there is also a certain something that dictates that you must smell the part to go along with it.

This confirmation, as grotesque as it may be, comes courtesy of series star Sophie McShera in a new interview with the Daily Mail. In it, she spells out how there is only a tiny part of the servant’s costumes that actually gets washed:

“We do stink, as they don’t wash our costumes. They have these weird patches, which are sewn into the armpits and which they wash separately.”

So that has to be a major deterrent to future servants on the show, right? Maybe, but we figure that everything else is enough to make up for it.

After so many seasons of anguish at times for Sophie’s character of Daisy, we are really just hoping for a win at this point for her. She’s already seen Alfred not give her exactly what she wanted, and we’re therefore pulling for something great to come her way during the Christmas Special. We personally like to imagine that Julian Fellowes used up all of his depressing storylines last year, and he now has to figure out something else that he wants to do. How about some Christmas cheer, even if the episode isn’t actually set on December 25?

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