Two things strike you immediately about this lovely 35-year-old star. First, she’s a hell of a trouper – the majority of actresses would have cancelled. (‘But I really didn’t want to let everyone down,’ she says.) Second, despite the fine-boned beauty that earned her a contract as the face of No 7 cosmetics and the cut-glass accent that often sees her cast as aristocratic, top-drawer types, she is approachable, fun to be around and refreshingly down to earth.
Keeley goes on to talk about the second series of Upstairs Downstairs:
‘In this series, Agnes has a flirtation with a new character – an American businessman called Casper Landry [played by Michael Landes], and there are a few snogs involved there too! She’s encouraged in all this by another new character, Blanche [played by Alex Kingston], who is Hal’s rather modern aunt.‘Under Blanche’s influence, Agnes becomes far less buttoned up as a character. But then we’re in the year 1939, just before the Second World War, and in a sense everything is about to change, not just for the men who’ll go to war but for the women, too, and Agnes certainly reflects that.’
Keeley talks about family, the men in her life, including actor, Matthew Macfadyen and some of her favourite things. Be sure to read the full article and photos on the Mail Online.