Lesley Nicol: Downton Abbey fan favorite and the role of her cook in the sequel

Known as the strict but lovable cook of Downton Abbey, Lesley Nicol’s cooking skills are a world away from those of her character, Mrs. Patmore. But her culinary misadventures benefited her acting career.

Ahead of the release of the first Downton Abbey film in 2019, Nicol started taking cooking lessons after admitting his cooking exams in the past had been a disaster. A switch to veganism forced the actress to step into the kitchen for real and the experience is part of her autobiographical musical currently on stage.

Nichol’s musical “How the hell did I get here?” takes audiences through Nicol’s life and career, including her childhood in Manchester and her time as an active actress. Before finding success in Downton Abbey, Lesley Nicol had played many one-off roles on programs like The Bill, Heartbeat and Doctors.

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Nicol has worked alongside American songwriter Mark Mueller to chart his journey from obscurity to world fame. His life story is currently on stage in Chicago before moving to New York. There has been no confirmation as to whether it will cross the pond to UK theatres.

It wasn’t until 2015 that she landed the role of Beryl Patmore, a job that would propel Nicol to international fame. His storylines include battling vision loss, the death of his nephew who was court-martialed for desertion during World War I, and helping maid Daisy (Sophie McShera) improve her cooking skills.

Despite a sometimes acrimonious on-screen relationship, Nicol and McShera are good friends behind the scenes. They were even reportedly taken to task for being unable to contain their laughter on set.

Her character also went from a tough, sarcastic cook to a lovable friend who became a fan favorite. In the upcoming Downton Abbey: A New Era sequel, Nicols will reprise the role of Mrs. Patmore.

Like the rest of the servants, Mrs. Patmore will have to deal with a new side to Downton Abbey when a film crew arrives at the estate. The film’s trailer shows her discussing the antics of movie star Guy Dexter (played by Dominic West) with fellow servants Daisy and Anna (Joanne Froggatt).

The long-awaited return to Downton Abbey will see the return of many beloved actors such as Hugh Bonneville, Michell Dockery and Laura Carmichael. But the cast will depart from the usual filming location of Highclere Castle in Hampshire as they travel to the South of France to uncover the mysterious past of the Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith).

The much-delayed Downton Abbey: A New Era will be in theaters from April 29, 2022.

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