Downton Abbey Ladies on the RC

Posted on February 08, 2012

Darlings, a trio of Downton Abbey ladies (actually a duo of ladies + one maid, if you want to get pedantic about it) hit the red carpet of the 2012 London Evening Standard British Film Awards, with, shall we say, varying results.

 

Elizabeth McGovern

Elizabeth McGovern apparently really likes certain things, like strapless dresses with skirts that flare out and wearing hosiery with open-toed shoes. We can’t forgive the latter. but we can work with the former. The color suits and the shape flatters. The clutch is pretty bad, though.

She’s got to stop tucking her chin in and smiling with her mouth closed. It’s making her look a little crazy.

Jessica Brown-Findlay


Oh, how quaint! British TV stars carry their book bags on the red carpet, wear coats over their dresses, and do their own makeup!

Have the Brits invented stylists yet? We’re ready to step in, if they need us.

 

Trust a housemaid to show them how it’s done:

Joanne Froggatt in Alessandra Rich

She ain’t no fool. No off-the-rack coats for this one. It’s big hair, sexy designer dresses, and stiletto heels, all the way. Mr Bates and his endless bullshit drama are not welcome here, obviously.

 

[Photo Credit: Landmark/PR Photos]

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  • http://twitter.com/catherineeileen Catherine Hann

    That last shot of Anna – I mean Joanne – is BEAUTIFUL.

  • Ann Laura Walker

    Jessica Brown-Findlay looks like a maid herself!

    • http://twitter.com/jennawaterford Jennifer Ford

      “Perhaps miss meant to use the *back* entrance to the soiree?”

    • Anonymous

      Jessica Brown-Findlay looks awful! Jessica needs to get down on her hands and knees and thank the man above for the great costumers and stylists on Dowton Abbey. She always looks beautiful, even in a nurse’s uniform, on DA! What happened here?

      • mrspeel2

        I agree and she looks like she’s 10 years older than she really is!

  • Anonymous

    JESUS!  Has Jessica B-F been in some sort of disfiguring industrial accident?? The Hair! The Makeup! The…..Whatever She’s Wearing! Honey, you are. Prettier. Than this.

    • Anonymous

       She’s very interesting to me because I think she is Gorgeous on DA, where she is supposed to look like she’s sans makeup (tho we all know it’s there, of course), but with street makeup on you’d never give her a second look.  Her eyes look tiny here, and luminous on DA.

      • Anonymous

         Seriously, she’s doing the OPPOSITE of what’s best for her here. You’d think she’d have learned something from what they do to her on DA. The eyeliner in particular makes me miserable.

      • Sobaika Mirza

        She looks stunning on DA. Like, Angelina Jolie-type beauty.

        I wonder if anyone here watches Misfits? She had a tiny role, but it was with modern clothing/makeup and she looked great. Why does she look so terrible on the red carpet?

        • Anonymous

          Too much eyeliner – just like with SJP, it makes her eyes look tiny and then she overdid it with the lipstick.

        • Anonymous

          I LOVE Misfits. It was a tiny role, yes, but she was gorgeous in it and did great work. I don’t know what’s going on with this look here but it’s bumming me out.

  • Anonymous

    McGovern looks crazier than a shit-house rat.  Seriously.  That’s like Sean Young levels of scary.
    Findlay looks like a Puritan straight of the Mayflower.
    Froggatt (I accidentally typed Frogurt at first) looks absolutely stunning.  Not sure if it’s just me, but I think she kind of looks like Sara Gilbert in the face.

    It’s just weird that they look like they’re attending three different events.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, look. The Duchess is a serial killer. Well, I always suspected.
      She and O’Brien definitely have some sort of Sweeney Todd-Mrs. Lovett thing going on. And Sybil, FOR GOD’S SAKE.
      Anna looks hot as shit, of course.

    • http://twitter.com/JoStrickland Charlotte Fabricius

      Completely agree on the three different events, they look nothing near coherent.
      Also, Elizabeth McGovern will haunt my nightmares forever, now. Fuck.

    • Anonymous

       agreed, McGovern looks absolutely certifiable batshit crazy

  • Anonymous

    Oh, God, Joker/clown lips are becoming a Thing, aren’t they. :shudder:

    • Anonymous

      Laura Bush always looked like she had Joker clown lips and now all the ladies are doing it!!! What are they thinking???

  • http://twitter.com/fionnuala_b Fionnuala Barrett

    It’s not “trust a housemaid to show them how it’s done”, TLo, it’s “trust a Northerner to show them how it’s done”.

  • Anonymous

    Elizabeth McGovern bugs, on the show and on the red carpet too. She brings to mind that line in Dazed and Confused, “wipe that face off your head, bitch!” 

    • Anonymous

      HA!  She does looks like she could use a hit.

      And now I’m going to be quoting Dazed and Confused for the rest of the day.

  • Anonymous

    Panty hose with open toed shoes?

    I squeezed my eyes shut so hard, now I have a headache.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, Joanne Froggatt looks AMAZING.  But poor Jessica Brown-Findlay.  She’s such a pretty girl.  What happened?  Didn’t she stop by a mirror on her way out of the house?

  • Anonymous

    Joanne- great! 
     Jessica-  I could probably see that lipstick across the Atlantic Ocean 
    Elizabeth-  Apparently does not know the “No TOES with HOSE” rule.. and I think I can see the seam of the hose– double ICK

  • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

    There’s some vast disconnect between the way Jessica Brown-Findlay dresses for the red carpet and the way she dresses for TV interviews, where she almost always looks gorgeous and glamorous. I suspect the difference is paid professionals.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

    Why does Jessica Findlay look like Wednesday Addams got into her mother’s lipstick? Her face is BLINDINGLY WHITE. It’s sad because I think she is outrageously beautiful.

    • Anonymous

      Wednesday Addams was a perfect comparison! Her make-up looks like it’s Halloween-ready and it is quite a shame. She’s repping for those of us in the Snow White coloring scheme and failing freaking miserably. Fair skin and dark hair mean no orangey-red lips…that is pale girl 101.

  • http://twitter.com/1carmelita 1carmelita

    Ms. Froggatt looks lovely, but I’m a little bothered by the short slip/lining in that dress. It looks like a mistake.  Otherwise, perfect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

    I don’t so much mind the intense red lips since I grew up with my Mom and others still wearing them in the early 60′s. You’ve got to make up the rest of your face though- bright red lips with understated makeup looks like you’ve been eating cheap candy.

  • Anonymous

    Love Joanne!!!! so nice to see her with her hair down, so beautiful! 

    • http://onebluetree.blogspot.com/ Sara L.

      She looks really lovely with it down, doesn’t she? The one episode where she is practicing with the curling iron made me gasp.

    • Anonymous

      Is she a Redgrave?  She could be, though I never noticed it before I saw her with her hair down.

  • http://www.thatwasdramatic.tumblr.com/ Anya

    Joanne Froggatt looks so beautiful, I just love her!

    And to defend Jessica a bit (not that I think she looks nice or anything, because I don’t), but it’s FREEZING in London, and I’m amazed that Elizabeth and Joanne could get out of the car at all wearing those outfits. I swear I could feel my organs freezing the night of the awards and I was wearing appropriate winter clothing. So I can forgive her ugly coat. Not the bag, though.

  • http://twitter.com/BobbiNJ Bobbi

    Elizabeth McGovern uses that head pose in the show constantly and it is driving me crazy! Does she have a neck incapable of supporting her head?

    • Anonymous

       For year I’ve felt that Elizabeth McGovern has only one expression for her face.  This is a new one, though, and it’s darn scary. 

    • Toto Maya

      She’s looking creepier and creepier on the show too, and I don’t know why. In season 1 I thought she was gorgeous, but in season 2 she looks like she’s wearing clown makeup half the time.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve had a soft spot for EM ever since I saw Ordinary People, but man she needs to ditch the simpering look.

  • Anonymous

    whaa-? it looks like they’re all attending different events.

  • Anonymous

    Joanne FTW! She looks like she couldn’t wait to have people see her in something besides her maid’s uniform. Elizabeth looks strangely juvenile (and menacing!), but I’m finding Jessica’s practicality rather charming.

  • Brad and Anne White

    I’ve seen Joanne in several interviews, and she always brings it. Maybe it’s overcompensating for dowdy uniforms on the show, but I love her.

  • Rebecca Johnson

    Why does Elizabeth McGovern want to suck the marrow from my bones??

  • http://twitter.com/cornekopia Shawn EH

    Elizabeth is flashing back to her 80s heyday. She’s still got the body for it, but the style is dated.

    • Anonymous

      Yep, I think you’re on to something–it’s an 80s prom dress.  And the open-shoe hose thing was all over the place.

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    “She’s got to stop tucking her chin in and smiling with her mouth closed. It’s making her look a little crazy.”

    Is that all? Will someone fill me in on her eyes?

    • Anonymous

      Her eyes appear to be demon-possessed.

  • Anonymous

    Here comes Jessica’s lips! Shielding my eyes. Wow.

    Joanne looks gorgeous.

  • http://twitter.com/jennawaterford Jennifer Ford

    DAMN, Anna really polishes up purty. Love. Her!

  • Mariah J

    I love that the maid is the fierce one here while the ladies fail miserably.

  • Anonymous

    McGovern’s outfit would be great with nude hose. Brown-Findlay looks like someone socked her in the mouth and threw on whatever coat she could find to keep from going into shock. Frogatt looks fabulous (though the tresses are a bit untidy).

  • http://twitter.com/Cravies Katie cravens

    Elizabeth and Jessica should swap.

  • MilaXX

    Does Elizabeth McGovern know she is far past the age of dressing and posing so very twee?  If I’m being kind the dress is passable, but the black hose are all wrong, and that error is compounded by her wearing sandals. As for that pose.., I can’t. She needs to never do that again.

    Did Jessica not know that there would be paps there? Did she think she was waving at cardboard cut outs? Why would you actually pose in a non fashionable coat with a bag better suited for the office?

    Thank goodness Joanne seemed capable of remembering how to do the celebrity pole dance correctly. WERQ it!

    • Anonymous

       I’ve never cared for dark hose with strapless or even sleeveless dresses; it just seem like all the bare skin on top is off balance with the covered skin on the bottom.  And then that face; no dress/hose combination could compensate for that.

      What is a celebrity to do when the weather is freezing and they are walking the RC?  Back in the old days of glamor they could toss on a mink stole but that’s not PC now.  There used to be dressy evening coats for them to wear too but you don’t see them anymore either.  Has showing your dress on the RC become so important that they must risk catching pneumonia to walk it?

      • MilaXX

        I’m not a fan of dark hose with light colored shoes or sandals. There are some fashionable coats out there, or she can suck it up and have some carry her coat, remove it for pics and put it back on.

    • Anonymous

      She could have worn black opera gloves and it would have looked more balanced.  Why not?

      • MilaXX

        I don’t think even adding gloves would have helped. In fact I think it would have made it look a bit costume -y. The dress is a bit too twee for her to begin with so she would tread lightly with accessories, and the hose/sandals + to bright lip, just ruin it. Nude hose, a better shoe and neutral makeup might make this dress work.

    • Anonymous

      Elizabeth McGovern has been doing that same pose for at least 25 years.  She does it all the way through “Ordinary People.” Someone needs to remind her that she’s no longer 25 years old.  Because it does make her look vaguely insane.

      Love the color of her dress, but the black hose with sandals is a deal-breaker.  That should never happen, even if Meryl Streep does it too.

      Hooray for the housemaid, who made it werq!

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

    I really don’t like the red lipstick on either E. McG. or J. B-F. On the other hand, it seems to constitute the entirety of the latter’s effort at dressing up… Anna looks smashing. Looking at those heels, maybe that’s what happened to Vera.

    • Toto Maya

      That’s Cora, not Mary, though people make that mistake a lot because Elizabeth McGovern still dresses like she’s 20.

    • Toto Maya

      Meant that as a reply to the person below you, sorry.

  • Anonymous

    Lady Mary wants to eat my soul. I thought the first one was an unfortunate snap, but the ensuing photos tell me she’s due for an exorcism.

    • Toto Maya

      That’s Cora, not Mary, though people make that mistake a lot because Elizabeth McGovern still dresses like she’s 20.

    • Pennymac

      Um, yeah, I work in a psych hospital, and Elizabeth is  creeping ME out!

  • sweetlilvoice

    I’m sure Joanne was glad to have an opportunity to have a cute outfit for once!  I feel sorry for the DA downstairs girls, no beautiful clothes for them during the show.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WKSM57KFWUGRMKPDUW4SPL3GDM Kathryn

    Elizabeth McGovern is all too aware of herself.  And she can’t act, I don’t care how many awards she’s nominated for.  All I see when watching DA is McGovern trying to act upper class and it just doesn’t work.  Sorry,  I guess I’m a hater.

    • http://profiles.google.com/gillianholroyd gillian holroyd

      Joining you on the hater bench. Upthread, someone described her mien perfectly: simpering. Or tanked to the gills. Her character on DA reacts inappropriately in every scene.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathymonkman Kathy Monkman

    hahaha love the commentary.  Interesting how the most gorgeous of the trio looks the worst.  What’s up with that hideous lip color!  Arrrrgh~

  • Anonymous

    Joanne is smokin hot! McGovern looks cray cray! Jessica apparently prefers death pallor makeup!

  • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

    Is Jessica Brown-Findlay in the Harry Potter films? She looks like she is wearing dress robes.

  • Anonymous

    There seems to be some desperate effort to not be typecast into their DA roles going on here. McGovern is desperate to show she’s not a staunch matriarch, Brown-Findlay to show she’s not a nurse’s aide and Froggatt isn’t really a delusional maid. Of course the results vary, McGovern also isn’t going to be recast in Pretty In Pink II either. 

  • Anonymous

    Good heavens, Jessica looks like a contemporary Mary Poppins. All she needs is the umbrella.

    I like Joanne’s dress, but she needs much better makeup.

    Lady Grantham looks seriously deranged.

  • butter nut

    2 questions: is that lady sybil? and did she just come from studying at the library?

  • Anonymous

    Elizabeth McGovern looks like she tried to use the curling iron from DA herself. She should have asked Joanne Froggatt for help, although Miss Frogratt was clearly too busy looking FABULOUS to bother with her. Michelle Williams, take a good look at McGovern and let this be your own personal Horrible Warning of what twee dressing and posing looks like in your future! I can only hope Jessica Brown-Findlay wore that overcoat because at the last minute she realized how hideous her dress was, and the tomato lips were an effort to distract from both.

  • Pennymac

    Jessica! You’re supposed to be the HOT sister! Ooof!

  • Anonymous

    Quick, someone get Sybil some blotting papers. And Cora, oh my god, why do you keep doing this with your face? Don’t you see any of the pictures they take of you? Your next role will be young Mrs. Rochester before they locked her in the tower.

  • http://twitter.com/TigerLaverada TigerLaverada

    Crikey, that’s Sybil? I didn’t even recognize her. She’s so much prettier on the show.  E. McGovern looks like she’s in danger of pitching forward into a face-plant. Maybe it’s the high heels?

    Anna rulez.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure they do have stylists in the UK. Or if they do, they aren’t very good.

    • Anonymous

      Events like this are just a lot more laid back. If you look at other pics of the night the whole thing is pretty casual. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

    Wow. Is is me, or does Joanne Froggatt look like Natasha Richardson? Eerie. 

    • Anonymous

      Actually you’re right, she does a bit. I always thought she reminded me of someone but could never put my finger on who.

  • Anonymous

    Does Jessica Brown-Findlay play the “pretty” sister?  I’m honestly not even being snarky — I don’t recognize her.  I assume she plays Sybil, but from these pics (and Joanne Froggatt’s), I can only say that the casting director for Downton Abbey has a lot of vision.

  • Anonymous

    Does Jessica Brown-Findlay play the “pretty” sister?  I’m honestly not even being snarky — I don’t recognize her.  I assume she plays Sybil, but from these pics (and Joanne Froggatt’s), I can only say that the casting director for Downton Abbey has a lot of vision.

  • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena

    Joanna looks great.
    Elizabeth and Jessica look crazy.

  • Anonymous

    I’m comforted by the fact that I am not the only British woman with a moustache.

  • Susan Crawford

    Every photo I have seen of Elizabeth McGovern gives her that ineffable combination of prissy, modest and batshit crazy, and until T and Lo pointed out the chin-tucking, closed mouth pose, I couldn’t quite figure it out. Elizabeth, chin up and show a bit of tooth in a lovely smile. And wear closed-toe shoes with black stockings, please.

    Jessica Brown-Findlay: having spent time in England, I can testify that lots of young women dress like this. It’s sort of the fashion equivalent of shabby chic mixed with a healthy dose of classic English eccentricity. But this is just a little bit too Belles of St. Trinian’s even for me.

    As for Joanne Froggatt, well, I think we all know THIS gal has no intention of being typecast. And evidently, she HAS heard all about the wonders of a good style team. She is every inch a star about to supernova: whole lot of glamour going on there!

  • Anonymous

    Elizabeth McGovern, my dear, how do I put this kindly……NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I would think that the production’s costuming, hair and make-up departments would have some sway in making sure their stars look good for events.  Or perhaps they ike it when the stars look worse on the RC than in the production?

  • Anonymous

    McGovern’s expression reminds me of Nicole Kidman’s crazy eyes. It looks like they’ve had too much botox and can’t move their eyebrows, so they overcompensate by trying really hard to make their eyes do the smiling. It is so weird. (Smize? Isn’t that the Tyra term? I don’t think you’re supposed to supersize the smize like this, though.)

    Brown-Findlay just got it all wrong: the purse with the coat with that dress with that spackled on foundation with the fire-hydrant red lips with the running-errands hair.  Whew. I’m out of breath.

    Froggatt is absolutely gorgeous here: feminine but not twee. A blonde in a light colored dress who isn’t washed out! I’m not usually a fan of these sheer overlay dresses, but this one works.

  • Anonymous

    I would not want to meet Elizabeth McGovern in a dark alley. She looks absolutely psychotic here. 

    Oh, Sybil–oh–my eyes–

    Joanne Froggatt really brought it. 

  • Anonymous

    What makes anybody think it’s a good idea to put black stockings with a red dress (unless you’re a dance hall girl in the old west, that is, in which case it’s fine)?

    As for contestant #2: you know those red lipsticks they say go with any complexion? They don’t. Some of us cannot wear red lipstick. Ever. Come sit here by me, Jessica Brown-Findlay. There are other colors out there, never you fear.

  • Anonymous

    i like the coat. it doesnt look too off the beaten rack to me; then again, i am falling asleep sitting up. one more of those days. & she shouldnt be wearing the orange lipstick. seems to be nobody should be doing that. not to mention w/ an old-but-not-quite-old-enough dress from young edwardian circa maybe, oh, 1980, when the going started going bad.

    the one on top i will never ever stop mistaking for maureen mcgovern, every single time i hear her name i think the sounds of lots & lots of water over shelley winters in a boat’s sinking nightclub. right now i’m thinking if i finally type this out maybe the thoughts will finally fix & depart. anyway, this one has nice arches. or whatever it is one calls the tops of arches when one is wearing sandals. when one is wearing shoes i suppose theyre called vamps. but i mean the foot not the shoe & i have no idea. i remember a supervisor of mine having some similar when i was fourteen & at what was more or less my first job, robinsons beverly hills [circa a little less than a decade post the abovenoted morning after. so many mornings after that]. i was amazed then, less now. more confused, i guess, w/ how much this one looks like juliette lewis when forty years ago she looked like, i think, an australian lounge singer? not really.

    i dont remember the blonde one’s dress at all. i think it had holes in it.

  • Anonymous

    Anna looks amazing.  The Crawleys need a do-over.

    But in super-exciting news – I bought season 2 of DA on DVD yesterday!!  Hooray for endless hours of fancy-soap-opera entertainment! (I know, I can find if free online somewhere…I just love having it physically with me to watch whenever I want!)

  • Anonymous

    Lady G, want’s us to know that is mathematically impossible all those actresses in their twenties could actually  be her daughters (snort).
    I would like to see Lady Sybil’s dress without the coat. Because if it’s a really stark black crepe with long sleeves and a white lace collar, I love it.Anna has the wrong length slip.

  • Anonymous

    Joanne Froggatt is looking good!

  • http://www.nahuli.blogspot.com Anonymous

    Elizabeth McGovern does that same look constantly on Downton Abbey and I just cannot handle it.  At first I thought it was just something she was doing as the character and then as episode after episode went by I thought “No, that must be her coming through, because it’s just a bit odd.”  

  • Anonymous

    I hate Anna’s clutch but she looks gorgeous!

    Sybil looks adorable. If I were on the red carpet I’d carry a bag like that too instead of a clutch.

    ” Mr Bates and his endless bullshit drama are not welcome here, obviously.”

    LOL and I agree x 1000!

  • Anonymous

    I remember watching Joanne years ago on Coronation Street.  She played this feisty street urchin (aren’t they always feisty?) named Zoe.  It took me some time to figure out where I knew her from, because she’s grown into such an elegant young lady.

  • Anonymous

    Joanne pisses on the others from a great height! …in Sybil’s defence though it was about minus 3 last night. Also that last shot of Elizabeth she kindof looks like Drew Barrymore!

  • Anonymous

    Joanne certainly looks the best by far, but looking at the over pics from the night Jessica is more in keeping with the evening. The whole thing was pretty casual, definitely not glammed up at all. John Hurt looked like he’d just rolled off a park bench! A few of the women were a bit done up, but not many. It’s just a different thing here, most of our actors are also stage actors so it’s all more bohemian and theatre. The likes of the Soap and TV awards get more glam veering into trashy but some of the more serious actors will only brush up for the BAFTAs.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm, I’d have to say, “Elizabeth Mcgovern in the library with an axe.” (Not sure who she killed yet, but I expect they’ll find a body shortly. Cousin Isobel, maybe?)

    • Ksagun13

      I almost spewed my Diet Coke on the computer.  HIL-ARIOUS!!!

  • Anonymous

    Lady Mom looks like she’s pretending to be a kid going to a Sweet 16 party. Lady Younger looks like she’s on her way to a Christmas choral performance.  The maid looks great.

  • mrspeel2

    She’s got to stop tucking her chin in and smiling with her mouth closed. It’s making her look a little crazy. She seems to have developed cray cray eyes too. I don’t recall her looking so wild-eyed in the past. 

  • Anonymous

    Elizabeth McGovern is TERRIFYING. 

  • Anonymous

    So a Soiled Dove, Mary Poppins and a Movie Star walked into a bar…