Nigel Havers ‘hacked off’ after not being cast in ‘Downton Abbey’

Eventually he got a part in the show

With ‘Downton Abbey‘ being one of the biggest shows on television at the moment, everyone and their mother wants a shot at being on the series, but Nigel Havers was especially upset about not being cast on the show, because of his close friendship with the creator, Julian Fellowes.

When Havers first heard about Fellowes ‘Downton Abbey’ castings he was “hacked off” that he wasn’t asked to be part of the cast for the first two seasons, but after being chosen for the role of Lord Hepworth in the Christmas special last year, it seems that his bitter feelings have now subsided.  He said;

“I’ve known Julian Fellowes all of my life so I was really hacked off that he didn’t ask me to be in it in the first place, but now I’ve finally been asked to be in it, it’s really nice.”

Havers is currently cast in the ITV1 soap series ‘Coronation Street where he plays Lewis Archer and says that being part of the series has been a “highlight” of his career.  He said;

“Being in Coronation Street has been one of the highlights of my career. It was a big honor when I was asked to go on. I said, ‘God, I’d love to go on, I’ll do it straight away’. I was very nervous and I was amazed by the street because the houses are two-thirds of the actual height. I love doing it.”

Do you think that Fellowes should have cast Havers in a bigger role?  Did you enjoy his performance as Lord Hepworth in the Christmas special?  Leave us a comment and tell us what you think.

Photo: Masterpiece, PBS

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