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Downton Abbey stars to fill in as waiters for charity

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Nov 29, 2013 | 8:27am EST

Stars of hit period drama Downton Abbey will be filling in as serving staff at upmarket London restaurant The Ivy on Sunday (01Dec13) in a bid to raise money for charity. Actors Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter and Brendan Coyle will join writer Julian Fellowes to serve diners at the event organised by their co-star Samantha Bond. Guests will pay $225 (£150)-a-head for the privilege of being waited on by British stars including Emilia Fox, Maureen Lipman and Imelda Staunton. Carmichael had the chance to practice her serving skills during the filming of an adaptation of Madame Bovary, in which she plays a servant, and she tells the London Evening Standard, "All that bobbing - I'm very versatile." The money raised at the event will be donated to Acting for Others, a group of charities working with ill, injured or elderly actors and backstage staff. Bond says, "The thing about our industry is when life is good it's very good and when life is bad, it's hateful. If you're unable to work there's no back-up."

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