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3/29/2013, 6:01 PM


Downton Abbey star refuses to slim down for nude scenes

Another strong woman.


The 23-year-old, who played Lady Sybil in the ITV drama, said it was “awful” that women were criticised for their bodies and insisted that she would never succumb to the Hollywood pressures of being a size zero.

“I did find it very odd being naked in front of lots of people and I think it’s awful that women get so criticised about their bodies,” she told Radio Times.

Otherwise I’d be starving myself for ever, which I just couldn’t do. The idea that actresses would work out at the gym for a thousand hours beforehand … I was drinking pints

“I think if you’re going to do a nude scene, be honest and natural. and eating burgers."


She said she was inspired by strong women and that playing Alaïs, a 13th century healer, had been liberating and had helped her to perform to her best when it came to returning to Downton to film her final scenes.