Downton story a secret: Staunton

Imelda Staunton has revealed that she only finds out her husband's storylines in Downton Abbey by watching the show, because he does not tell her the twists in advance.

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Imelda Staunton is married to Downton Abbey's Jim Carter

Imelda Staunton has revealed that she only finds out her husband's storylines in Downton Abbey by watching the show, because he does not tell her the twists in advance.

The actress, married to Jim Carter who plays butler Carson, said they usually sit down together to watch it and she sees it as a "punter" because she has no idea what is due to happen.

Imelda, 57, told Radio Times she loved having the programme back on TV recently but had a "vested interest".

"Usually Jim and I watch it together. He doesn't tell me his storylines in advance because I like to just be a punter and enjoy it," said the star.

Imelda is soon to be heard as one of the voice in Mouse And Mole At Christmas Time on CBeebies, featuring alongside the late Richard Briers and playwright Alan Bennett.

"I realised how lucky I was to sit in a room and do funny voices when I could have a grown-up job," she said in the magazine interview, which is published today.