Siobhan Finneran Reveals Why She Left 'Downton Abbey'
British actress Siobhan Finneran has opened up about her decision to quit Downton Abbey, insisting she was no longer enjoying work on the hit period drama.
Finneran played villainous lady's maid Miss O'Brien in three seasons of the popular TV show, but recently announced she will not be returning for the fourth series, which is currently being shot in Britain.
The actress has now revealed she decided to quit because she fell out of love with the show.
She tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "I signed up to do three series and that was all I wanted to do. I talked it through with my family and it was the right decision for all of us. I had great fun doing it but I just didn't want to do it any more. I decided this before we even did the last series. When I stop loving something, I stop doing it."
However, Finneran has no clue how creator Julian Fellowes is going to write her character's exit into the storyline for series four, adding, "I have no idea how they will explain my absence."
Finneran's exit comes as a further blow for the drama following the departure of Dan Stevens and Jessica Brown Findlay.