Violet and Isobel - Dowton Abbey S5 trailer
One of the wonderful exchanges between Lady Violet and cousin Isobel, in regards to Lord Merton: Isobel: “He wants something from me I cannot give,” to which Violet says, “He wants what every man wants. … Don’t be ridiclous, I was referring to companionship. I hope you were.” (x)
Downton Abbey season 5 spoilers:
Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton). Speaking of admirers, Lord Merton (Douglas Reith) is still making his interest known, but she’s not having it and confides in the Dowager Countess, who is suitably amused. (x)
Judi Dench interviewed on the Andrew Marr Show, 2011 (x)
Penelope starts by saying: "You can’t do very much as an actress unless you have proper words say"
"Deborah Findlay’s performance simply exudes engrained bitterness. It is obvious that her desperate character has been damaged by suffering. Penelope Wilton play’s her sister. A shell of her former self, she has been hardened by betrayal and abandonment. The fantastic first scene is a steely tussle between the two twin sisters, simmering with resentment and jealousy."
(Deborah Findlay and Penelope Wilton in ‘John Gabriel Borkman’)
John Madden customized the role specifically for Wilton.
"I’ve always extravagantly admired her as an actress. She’s got an incredible poignancy and delicacy. And she’s a brilliant comedian. Her character was originally a shrill cow for a lot of the film. Now she is brittle and absurd, but also has a tragic depth to her."
"What is the matter with him? He told me himself that this was all in fun, so I treated his play as if it were a comedy. I notice, though, that he did not choose an ordinary play, but forced his decadent trash on us" (Judi Dench as Arkadina in The Seagull)