British actress Emilia Fox has spoken about her character's
lesbian relationship in Upstairs Downstairs - claiming her and Alex
Kingston deliberately increased its explicitness.
Thirty-seven year-old Fox, who plays novelist Lady Portia in the
BBC series, made the comments in an interview with The Telegraph,
"It wasn't explicit in the script what we were meant to do so we
made it up as we went along," she said.
"I've done a few scenes like that in my time; I just haven't
done it with a woman. But part of the joy of acting is being asked
to do things you haven't done before so why not?
"Basically, Alex Kingston and I… get it
Kingston and Fox are the latest addition to the popular series,
which focuses on aristocratic life and a working in-house
"It's good storytelling, it's perfect escapism from what's
happening in everyday life," Fox added.
But, as reported by The Mirror newspaper, the love plot has
sparked criticism before it has even aired, with the BBC confirming
a "handful" of complaints have been made.
Some are complaining at the producers' alleged attempt to "sex
up" the series in an attempt to outdo ITV rival Downton Abbey.