The “Downton Abbey” cast celebrated the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards by remembering their final day on set. They won the Best Ensemble Cast in a TV Drama award for the third time Saturday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Lesley Nicol, who plays Mrs. Patmore, had a speech prepared, but she went off-book toward the end of her time on stage.
“I’m going to do a little extra shout out to two of our big, burly crew: Duncan and Bobby,” Nicol, who was surround by over a dozen of her cast mates, said. “On the last day of filming, we did our last scene, they were found in the corner sobbing. I know, and when does that happen? So, we love you.”
Nicol had mentioned the importance of the British period drama’s crew earlier as well. “Everyone in this room knows that acting is a collaboration,” the actress said at the beginning of her speech. “This cast is the best you could possibly imagine, but you know, we have all those other people around us. They make us look good. The extended ‘Downton’ family are top of their game, brilliant people, committed to the show. We have to share this with them. They were absolutely stunning.”
The cast of “Downton Abbey” had some fierce competition at the 2016 SAG Awards. They were nominated against the casts of “Mad Men,” “House of Cards,” “Homeland” and “Game of Thrones.” PBS is currently airing the sixth and final season of “Downton.”