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KQED Interviews Lesley Nicol — Mrs. Patmore on Downton Abbey

The characters above stairs at Downton Abbey often seem to get much of the attention — the women certainly get the better costumes. How about hearing from someone who spends most of her time below stairs? Actress Lesley Nicols (Mrs. Patmore) spent several months at the end of 2012 living in Los Angeles with her husband (and their two dogs). She spoke candidly to KQED about how she came to get the role of Downton's bossy cook, how she prepared for the role, her (lack of) home cooking skills and about being recognized at Starbucks.



Also on KQED.org this week ...

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Drought Watch 2015: Record-Low Sierra Snowpack

The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which typically supplies nearly a third of California's water, is showing the lowest water content on record: 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1. That shatters last year's low-water mark of 25 percent (tied with 1977).

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"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area

KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.

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