Search

Downton Abbey stars come to Camden for bear charity fundraiser

17:50 20 June 2014

Actors Raquel Cassidy, Sophie McSheera and Lesley Nicol with Jill Robinson MBE (founder and CEO of the charity Animals Asia), and actors Peter Egan and Joanne Foggatt attend a charity fundraiser at Gilgamesh in Camden Town. Picture: Polly Hancock

Actors Raquel Cassidy, Sophie McSheera and Lesley Nicol with Jill Robinson MBE (founder and CEO of the charity Animals Asia), and actors Peter Egan and Joanne Foggatt attend a charity fundraiser at Gilgamesh in Camden Town. Picture: Polly Hancock

Archant

Downton Abbey stars gathered at Camden Stables Market’s Gilgamesh restaurant yesterday to help raise money for animal welfare charity Animals Asia.

Downton Abbey actors Lesley Nicol, Sophie McSheera, and Joanne Foggatt at the charity fundraiser in Gilgamesh, Camden Town. Picture: Polly HancockDownton Abbey actors Lesley Nicol, Sophie McSheera, and Joanne Foggatt at the charity fundraiser in Gilgamesh, Camden Town. Picture: Polly Hancock

Lesley Nicol (Downton’s Mrs Patmore) led the way having become a devoted supporter of the charity and its work to end bear bile farming in China and Vietnam. This followed a trip to Animals Asia’s bear sanctuary in Chengdu, China, last year during a break in Downton filming.

On her return, she said: “My husband and I felt completely privileged to be invited to visit Chengdu - and we had no idea what to expect - but it was without doubt one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life.”

Ms Nicol was joined by co-stars Sophie McSheera (aka Daisy Mason), Joanne Foggatt (aka Anna, Lady’s Maid to Lady Mary Crawley) and Peter Egan (aka Shrimpie Flintshire).

Latest News Stories

Residents of Quadrant Grove won what could be a landmark decision. Residents from left are Andrew Bache, Nicole Segre, Len Whiting, Khursheed Singh, Lynn Whiting, Barbara Thorndick, Lucinda Sturgis. Picture: Dieter Perry

Residents of a tiny street in Kentish Town have given hope to opponents of basement builds across London after winning what could be a landmark victory against their neighbour.

07:00
Porn star Rebecca More. Picture: Television X.

A porn star who was threatened with legal action by Camden Council if she entered the borough as part of a “sex tour of the UK” has slammed council bosses for overreacting.

37 minutes ago
Anyone setting off fireworks or Chinese lanterns on Primrose Hill will be arrested, police have said

Camden police have reminded those planning to make the trek up to Primrose Hill on Bonfire Night not to bring their own fireworks or Chinese lanterns over fears they could set light to nearby homes.

Yesterday, 11:41
Retail guru Mary Portas has written to Eric Pickles to protest against offices-to-homes conversions. Picture: Matt Crossick

Mary Portas, Alan Bennett and Dame Joan Bakewell have joined fashion and digital business leaders in warning relaxed laws making it easier for offices to be converted into housing are “threatening to destroy many vibrant, mixed use communities forever”.

Most read news

Rushing towards the bear for a photo is not the done thing!

“Without education, there will never be peace”.

AeroMobil has unveiled the fourth generation of its flying car in Slovakia.

The Bajan star arrived at the amfAR Gala Awards in a risque gown leaving very little to the imagination…

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition