Elizabeth McGovern at “The Book of Mormon” Opening

Posted on March 26, 2013

We realize that Brit-lebrities aren’t called upon to do it as much as their America-based counterparts, but sweet Jesus on a breadstick, this woman needs posing lessons.


‘Downton Abbey’ star Elizabeth McGovern attends the ‘The Book of Mormon’ Musical UK Opening Night in London.

Because look, she clearly made the effort to put on her very favorite coat from the Cyndi Lauper Sledding Collection at Harrods, and she honestly does not appear to be all that put out by the prospect of having to pose for pictures. On the contrary, in fact; she looks like she’s enjoying herself. Which is great! The outfit’s actually fun, in a cray-cray kind of way! We love a lady who can have fun with her clothes and have fun showing them off. But all that self-conscious hip-popping and half-turning, all while giving that Joker face … it’s just too much for our delicate constitutions.

Other differences between Brit-lebrities and Yank-lebrities: An American would have a high-strung, obnoxious publicist standing just out of frame, who would immediately throw herself in front of the cameras, shrieking “NOT IN THE WIND! MOVE BACK! MOVE BACK!”

Enough rambling. Do you think the coat’s a good insane or a bad insane? Are you able to shake the image of cheap bedding? Are you observing International Clown Clothes Day, like all the cool celebrities?


[Photo Credit: Landmark/PR Photos]

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  • Drunk.

  • Good insane. Wish I had one even though it probably costs more than I make in two months.

  • Elizabeth McGovern is actually an American.

    • Jangle57

      you beat me to it

    • Vickiefantastico

      I was thinking that too, but maybe they said that because she’s famous on a Brit show?

      • VeryClaire

        She lives in Britain, I guess that’s what they’re going with.

    • andreawey

      I know, I had to quickly google her to make sure 😉

    • Jill_3

      Yes, but she LIVES in England, which is the salient point.

      I BURST OUT LAUGHING when I got to the closeup shot of her face. GIRL. You look cray-cray. Stop tucking your chin and PART YOUR LIPS.

      • KateShouldBeWorking

        Girl should get an Emmy for keeping the Crazy Eyes in check during filming.

    • PastryGoddess

      Yes, but most of her work has been in the UK. She’s a Brit-lebrity

      • MichaelStrangeways

        Her RECENT work…she was in Hollywood for years, so she should know better. Then again, she was a starlet when she lived in the US so that would explain her rather uninhibited youthful poses here…

    • Come on. Do you really think TLo didn’t know McGovern is American? Journalistic/research-wise, they consistently pass muster. Furthermore, I will put a fat stack of bills down on them knowing McGovern way, WAY before Downton Abbey. Ahem… Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime!!!

      • RedRaven617

        Agreed, Elizabeth has been around (in the US & Britain) for more than three decades.

  • She’s not British, she’s American.

    • CPK1

      hence the use of the word “Brit-lebrity” and not Brit. As TLo implied, she is based in Britain, on a Brit show, in the celebrity universe of Britain.

    • I was going to make the same comment, but while she’s an American, I get the impression that she has spent most of her career (with the exception of the early years) on the stage and/or in the UK, so her sensibilities seem more like those of a Brit-lebrity.

  • I like the coat. I can’t cope with that lipstick and I feel sorry for her about the hair in the blizzard. The weather here has been dreadful this last week.

  • newleaf1

    I think the coat is cute. It’s the swingy that makes it.

  • Vickiefantastico

    Sure, it looks like a blanket, her hair’s a mess, and the lipstick is a bit too strong, but I can’t help it, she looks adorable! I love the posing. So fun and SO unpretentious. Take lessons, Ginnifer Goodwin!

    • I don’t know if it’s too strong; she just needs a lesson in how to smile for the cameras. I actually think the color is really flattering on her.

  • Rachael

    Good insane, but you’re right about the Joker face!

    • Mismarker

      Total joker face! Have loved her since the 80s but now, with that face, she just looks like she wants to eat my babies.

  • uprightcitizen

    Too funny about the Joker face. It was my first thought on that closeup, too. It’s unfortunate when you’re trying to look cute or sweet, and you end up looking diabolical. The wind was probably on her very last nerve. The coat is sixteen kinds of weird, but seventeen kinds of awesome. The entire outfit says “I’m going ice skating in a 1940s musical. Who’s with me?”

  • mshesterp

    Bad, bad insane. It looks ridiculous. Glad she’s having a good time, but i’m not digging any of this.from the knees up.

  • This is so good insane. Like, so much.

  • DeborahJozayt

    I really dislike the coat. Having it twirl while standing still and elbow guards and corduroy lining is just too much in one piece.

  • christinewithanx

    Blech, the Lady Sleeping Bag look must go.

  • I cannot accept that there isn’t a more fashionable way to stay warm.

  • That is one fun coat!

  • If nothing else, she needs lessons on how to smile in front of these cameras. The Joker smile is making her look a little cray-cray.

  • ccm800

    Good insane. Lauper sledding collection – and I choke on my toast. That was HILARIOUS!

  • She looks bonkers.

  • Qitkat

    The plastic orange bracelet is the last straw for me. It clashes with her diabolical grin.

  • I like the outfit, but the delicate necklace does not go. Especially with the lucite bracelet.

  • ankali

    Bad insane. I look at that coat and cringe at the phantom sensation of my fingernails catching on the satin.

  • VeryClaire

    LOVE the coat. Some of us in the north appreciate a good warm coat! Also, I love that she’s not in one of those weird Hollywood starlet “I gotta pee with duckface” poses. She looks normal and fun. Go Elizabeth!

    • Agree – gorgeous coat. And since the weather is really grim, as you can see from the watery eyes and pink nose, I think she gets bonus points for leaving the house and smiling.

  • Kenisha Hill Phillips

    Mary Poppins realness.

  • good insane.

  • jetpackdino

    Cyndi Lauper Sledding Collection omg I LOVE IT! Made my day.

  • Is it just me, or does she look a LOT like Katie Holmes in these photos?

  • Indigo54

    Good insane but I hope she doesn’t make a habit of sporting quilted square dance clothes.

    • Square Dance! THAT’S where I’ve seen that look!

      • Indigo54

        Ace of Diamonds, Jack of Spades / Meet your partner and all promenade!!! Yee-haw!!!

  • chitowndg

    I want to go sledding with Cyndi Lauper!

    • Rand Ortega

      Right?!!! Funnest day ever!

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    This was out until TLO dropped Cyndi Lauper into the mix, and so it is now IN.

  • You two are on fire with the opening lines today–actual LOLs, one after another. I love the shape of the coat but the colors, the shininess and the hunter-orange bangle strongly suggest sleeping bag.

  • Gives new meaning to the term “Gone With the Wind”.

  • joker face! im so glad im not the only one seeing it.

    its refreshing to see a lady wearing something weather-apropriate on the red carpet, but this coat just looks like camping equipment.

  • mhleta

    Dear God, someone throw some holy water at her! Say it with me, people: THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU!! THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU!!

  • Little_Olive

    Oh wow! I was gonna say it’s like the Joker had a daughter (couldn’t figure out who the mother is) before I read the comment. Well, great minds…

  • Lynne Bieber

    I actually love the coat. I’m distracted by the blatant black-with-navy infraction, but impressed at how she pulled it off anyway. I think she’s fabulous.

  • jilly_d

    Holiday Inn duvet. And girl, those are not your boots.

  • Tamara Hogan

    I think the coat is awesome. I’d have gone with a ladypant with those booties.

  • Scoobydrew

    She looks like a real girl having real fun – and I always see that as a positive… you go Elizabeth!

  • TLo, I LOVE you! Your wit gets me every time. Keep ’em coming.

  • That coat is awesome and I bet it would keep my lunch cold. Or should I say, “luncheon?”

  • Black tights with a navy dress? I guess she got dressed without turning on the lights today.

  • Love the shape of the coat, but that fabric is too “reversible satin comforter on sale 50%off at T J Maxx”.

  • miagain

    I love that coat!! I WANT that coat…

  • NDC_IPCentral

    That fabric is reminiscent of moving company quilted padding drapes for elevators. Glad to know the Cyndi Lauper Sledding Collection gives a nod to the proles.

  • deathandthestrawberry

    I wasn’t crazy about the coat until I got to the last frame. Gosh darn it! She sold it, and now I want a swing coat/bedspread as part of my winter wardrobe. In all seriousness, I think the black tights and booties make the look. She looks cute and like someone I’d like to have drinks with. I bet she can dish.

  • thelovelydove

    If I had the money, I’d buy every piece from the Cyndi Lauper Sledding Collection.

    • lonepear

      I am glad someone made this comment, because seeing this thread late, no one would see it if I had to be the first. Which is to say: me too.

  • Janet B

    Love the shape of the coat and the colors, but not the fabric. Her coat reminds me of a jacket with a lining that can be zipped out and worn on it’s own.

  • Trisha26

    It’s like a look straight out of Dr. Seuss! I like the idea of the coat, but not in that quilted fabric. And while I’d hate to think anyone would match their lipstick to their bangle, she didn’t.

  • MilaXX

    I LOVE that coat and if I could afford it, I would buy it. In fact underneath all the crazy posing I think there is a really cute look.

  • yep she looks totally darling!

  • That coat is fabulous!

    • Also, the fact that she’s making fun of the paparazzi by outlandishly posing is fantastic. It doesn’t look like she was dressed by a celebrity stylist, so she’s not making bank on this gig. Let your crazy Tyra-face smizing self fly, I say!

  • Catiline

    “Kubrickesque” is what I always go for when I’m posing…

  • itsnotoveryet11

    I love the coat, and as a girl who lives in London I’ve got to say it’s been exceptionally cold here lately. I know there are some stunning coats out there but you really want something lovely and padded out right now.

    • I KNOW. I have a wedding to go to in ten days, and I’m dreading having to wear my michelin man padded coat to it if the weather doesn’t improve.

  • Le_Sigh

    Man, homegirl had her own wind machine and didn’t even utilize it properly.

  • I really like the dress. Not a huge fan of the coat; a bit bad insane.

  • Cathy S

    I love the coat. It might be better in a fabric that didn’t look like a mattress cover, but I don’t care. I love it.

  • crash1212

    The coat is GOOD – insane or not. I love it and I love the dress…actually, I love this entire outfit – tip to toe. Wind hair is my nemesis…we HATE the wind. She does have the eyes of a crazy person, though, and that lipstick color isn’t doing her any favors.

  • PastryGoddess

    She has pretty eyes…That’s all I have

  • schadenfreudelicious

    sweet jazuz she’s going to spook the horses!

  • Judy_S

    That coat makes me happy. Your jokes about it make me happy. So I am grateful to Elizabeth McG for being a little silly.

  • Rand Ortega

    LOVE the coat! Such a funky, original take on a classic silhouette. Psychedelic Sonja Henie. I think all the posing is in jest, which makes me love EM (she’s been around long enough to not take this RC pole dancing seriously) all the more.

  • PeggyOC

    Not sure it’s a red-carpet coat, but I love, love, love it. I would wear the hell out of this coat on my windy Winter streets.

  • Coco Cornejo

    Looks like she’s caught in a wind tunnel. Are you sure she’s not going to see the Wonderful OZ?

  • Heather

    Her coat is cute. That said, I HATE it when the wind blows my hair like that. Especially when it makes it stick to my lipstick. I always carry a big clip in my purse for this exact same reason.

  • EEKstl

    She’s sort of a hybrid because she’s an American who has lived in England for many many years, but I get your point. That Joker Face is SCARY! There are definitely elements to that coat that I love – the swingy shape, the blue outside green inside lining, but wish the piping and collar, etc. were black, and HATE that it’s corduroy.

  • This is a fun outfit! She looks young and fresh, yet still her age. That’s a difficult combination to pull off, I would think!

  • 3boysful

    I love the coat. But not even Lady Grantham can control the wind.

  • nannypoo

    She looks like a fool but that’s a really cute little dress. I wonder why she keeps doing that thing with her face. Once is a mistake but when you keep doing it there’s a serious perception problem.

  • Imasewsure

    LIke a nine year old girl posing for her friends on an imaginary red carpet. Strange but endearing

  • another_laura

    International Clown Clothes Day, over here. Between the face-off in b/w stripes, Heidi in Hawaii, and this, I think that’s a done deal. Not that this is a bad development! I applaud all attempts to have fun, particularly as an alternative to too much skin or tights with open-toed shoes (I’m looking at you, Dame Helen!).

  • kat89

    I LOVE that coat! It looks fun and comfortable. I also think the poses are a hoot. She’s clearly mocking the whole red carpet posing thing that so many actresses take way too seriously. My big criticism is that red lipstick. Not a big fan of it. Otherwise, hey, good for her!

  • Sara__B

    The coat is good-insane but the facial expression she uses for photos looks bad-insane. (She almost always drops her chin and looks out from under her brows. I wish she’d stop.)

  • I love her, and she was once an Oscar nominee, you know. It just happened to her so young, she didn’t learn anything from it. Coat is adorable! Cyndi Lauper is the best sledding partner one could imagine!

  • snarkykitten

    did you guys plan for today to be ass clown day, or did the planets just align?

  • jw_ny

    it’s good insane…colorful! She’s having a fun time with this…undoubtedly will cringe when she sees the photos tho….

  • marilyn

    I understand that it is REALLY cold in London now. It is that time of the year. But, everything she is wearing is ‘daytime’. Not suitable for a movie or theatre opening. She needs to be dressed more formally. By the way, I don’t like the coat. The full skirt on it is too costume-y for my taste.

  • Zippypie

    Can she smile for real? Just once? She looks batshit insane in that closeup.

  • She needs to give me that coat.

  • librarygrrl64

    I think the coat is cute. But her makeup always scares me just a bit.

  • mskgb

    She has charmingly hit the mark between reveling in the celebripose and underlining the silliness of the whole enterprise. Keep doing your exuberant thing, Lizzy McG!

    PS– I would purchase every item in the Cyndi Lauper Sledding Collection at Harrods.

  • I was all set to say good insane, but then you said “cheap bedding.”


  • j_anson

    I LOVE that coat, and her chutzpah for wearing it.

  • At first glace I hated the coat, but as I keep looking at it, it grows on me!

  • conniemd

    Like the coat, but the blowing hair is crazy.

  • Nancy Dunn

    She looks like Nicole Kidman in the joker face picture. Sure, it’s crazy, but she is having fun. I like to see that.

  • I love the coat with its corduroy collar! It’s a takeoff of a Barbour jacket, who makes it??

  • formerlyAnon

    Coat: GOOD insane. Very close to, but not quite, WONDERFUL insane.

    I like her irrationally because something about her chin & eyes remind me of a friend who died too soon.

  • Damien W

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun With Potholders. NEXT!

  • Anniebet

    Love the good/insane coat on this wonderful AMERICAN who lives and works in Great Britain. She has a lovely quirky way about her.

  • Her go-to smile reminds me of Chucky.

  • kathrineb

    “Cyndi Lauper Sledding Collection” lol gold.

  • roverrun

    I’m ordering “Sweet Jesus on a breadstick” at the next Cracker Barrel restaurant I go to.

  • Kirsten Kirsten

    Nurse! She’s out of bed again!

  • fursa_saida

    I see nothing insane about the coat and now I’m worried about my sartorial decisions. Also, I had no idea she had such fabulous legs.

  • She looks really sweet. It’s nice to see something that isn’t completely staged.

  • Kathryn Howell Dalton

    Potentially my favorite TLo post ever. Laughed out loud multiple times.

  • plinkiedoodle

    Not cray cray. Cute coat! Okay, perhaps a bit cray…

  • What would “Lord Tight Ass” say about having his wiife’s picture posted in a public paper?

  • It’s extremely windy. I think that’s the main problem. She looks like she’s having trouble keeping her coat together, not to mention her hair. I love the blue coat with the green lining.

  • melissaisasnob

    She is an American.

  • SportifLateBoomer

    I love this coat! I am all for women my age looking unpretentious and like they’re having fun being themselves.

  • newtonGOTbeaned

    I want to wear that coat with those metallic green Tory Burch shoes! It would be too much, but I don’t care. I’m in favor of International Clown Clothes Day.

  • siriuslover

    I’m cool with the coat. Love the corduroy collar. It’s the lipstick that’s cray cray.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    She has the most beautiful eyes. I can’t really look at the rest – but it seems that the coat feels like she’s stolen it from the Junior’s section.

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    Fab coat!

  • She needs a good stylist and make up artist. She’s such a lovely lady, and these pictures do nothing to show that.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    “Sweet Jesus on a breadstick” is my new favorite saying ever. Thank you, TLo.