Your favourite TV double act?
I loved Doll & Em, which starred real-life best friends Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells. It felt truthful and yet you knew they were sending themselves up. As an actor, I thought, “God, I hope I’m not like that!”
Any diva moments on the set of Downton?
Who knows? I don’t think so but the crew might think differently. Michelle Dockery and I laugh that when I haven’t eaten in a while I have to have a word with myself.
Where and with whom are you happiest?
With my sisters in the garden of our family home in Southampton. I’m the middle of three sisters, but we are nothing like the Grantham girls – I definitely don’t feel like the overlooked middle daughter and my elder sister is nothing like Mary – she’s the dreamiest of the three of us.
Who should win RT’s Audience Award?
Educating Yorkshire should get all the prizes. The teachers were phenomenal. I used to be a teaching assistant and I couldn’t hack it. It’s the hardest job in the world.
British Academy Television Awards are on Sunday 18 May at 8:00pm on BBC1.