The Working Man: Downton Abbey Dapper with Ian Kelly & Mr. Porter

by Rachel Yeomans | February 1st, 2012   

Masterpiece Classic has long been party of my weekly repertoire, and Downton Abbey is no exception. In fact, it has almost become an obsession. So it made me very excited to read an interview on Mr. Porter with Ian Kelly, one of the actors who played a doctor at Moorfields Hospital last season. Kelly is a very accomplished stage and screen actor, and he’s also a biographer. Mr. Porter interviewed Kelly on not his roles nor his books, but rather his clothing. With two young children, the publication questioned how he worked a wardrobe into his daily work routine. My favorite quote: “It is hard to maintain sartorial standards with baby food down your lapels.” Well put, Mr. Kelly. Well put.

Screen Shot 2012 01 31 at 12.50.33 PM The Working Man: Downton Abbey Dapper with Ian Kelly & Mr. Porter

Read the full interview on Mr. Porter HERE.

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 @IANFKELLY You are so incredibly welcome! And some may say that matching swim trunks is the new garanimal style of the season, so own it good sir. :)

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 @theworkwardrobe  @IANFKELLY I was talking to AA Gill backstage at Cheltenham Literary Festival last week, dapper fellow, and reminded him he had interviewed me about Beau Brummell, the book when it first came out and the play I was in in New York...and told me on live TV that I looked liked I'd got dressed in the dark: I explained I had been up all night feeding my baby girl...sold a lot of books...then again, is it Baudelaire who says, 'the opposite of dandyism is fatherhood'. Maybe. So I'll reconsider the trunks then....

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 @IANFKELLY I'm sure your daughter would be very proud for being the reason for your book's success. She may even hold it over your head one day - amazing what baby food can do for one's future guilt trips. And that is a solid quote to inspire you to sport those trunks. I promise they will provide great fodder and warm memories when looking through photo album archives.