Lesley Nicol stars in "Downton Abbey" on PBS as the cook, Mrs. Patmore, whose eyesight is failing. Nicol says, "It's just great to be part of something this good. I go dog walking a lot. People I've never spoken to before come up to me and give me a hug. Other people say, 'Hello, Mrs. Patmore' and ask after my eyesight! It makes me laugh."

Since graduating from London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the early 1970s, Lesley Nicol has been a fixture in the British drama and comedy scene. But before her foray into film and television, she was a well known as a stage actress, appearing in numerous musicals and plays on the London stage.

Nicol started her musical career in the first production of "Jesus Christ Superstar," sang her way round the theaters of Great Britain, then found herself in the West End for three years playing Rosie in"Mamma Mia!" and Kath Casey in "Our House." When she was in Mamma Mia, fellow actress Anne Reid said to her, "You have learned to put your arms around an audience."

Nicol's film career is small but beautifully formed — the multi-award wining UK feature "East is East" and the sequel "West is West," which was released in 2011.

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