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A right royal time for Brit actress Samantha Bond

Star of 'Downton Abbey' plays title role in Sue Townsend's 'The Queen and I' on TV

Samantha Bond talks to Eleanor Steafel about being a reluctant sex symbol, and her joy at stepping into the Queen’s shoes Samantha Bond is pacing primly up and down the library of the Covent Garden Hotel as a fire roars and someone pours tea from a china teapot. Though incredibly well put-together herself, she is emulating someone rather more regal: Her Majesty, whose gait she has perfected during filming for a new adaptation of The Queen and I, by Sue Townsend on Sky One.

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