Downton star’s town date for Samaritans

Lesley Nicol i.e. Mrs Patmore NNL-150126-160610001
Lesley Nicol i.e. Mrs Patmore NNL-150126-160610001

Fans of the ever-popular ITV drama Downton Abbey will be able to get up close to one of the key downstairs figures.

No other than Mrs Patmore, the historical drama’s no-nonsense lovable cook, will be at Banbury Town Hall on Saturday, February 7.

An Evening With Lesley Nicol is organised by, and in aid of, Banbury and District Samaritans.

Lesley will be interviewed on stage by her good friend and local actor John Arthur. She will be asked about her work and will also answer questions from the audience.

Mr Arthur said: “It’s brilliant that Lesley is coming to do this for us. She will be happy to mingle in the bar afterwards if people would like to meet her face to face.”

Although Lesley is most recently known as Mrs Patmore, she has had a varied and successful career in film, television and stage, including appearances in Blackadder and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

This is the second ‘An Evening With...’ event organised by the Samaritans. It follows on from a hugely successful one for the same cause at The Mill Arts Centre a few years back with Mark Gatiss, actor and screenwriter who is the creator of the BBC show Sherlock.

An Evening With Lesley Nicol will start at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 each and are available from the Mill Arts Centre’s box office on 01295 279002 or from

For more information contact John Critchfield on 01295 811583, or

Banbury and District Samaritans, based in Albert Street, has been providing support in the local area for 40 years.

Call the branch on 01295 270000 or e-mail

The branch is open for callers at the door from 10am-4pm and 7pm-10pm on Mondays to Wednesdays, 10am-10pm on Thursdays and Fridays,10am-6pm on Saturdays and 8pm-10pm on Sundays.