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David Mitchell: 'I'd love Downton Abbey role'

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David Mitchell has admitted that he would "love" a part in Downton Abbey, despite describing the programme as "completely nuts" and "terribly written".

The Peep Show comedian accepted that he had probably ruined his chances of winning a role in ITV's period drama after complaining in one of his Soapbox videos that it had "tipped over the line" of plausibility.

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Downton Abbey S03E02: Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson, Hugh Bonneville as Robert

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Asked if his comments had caused outrage amongst Downton fans, Mitchell told Metro: "Not that I've noticed. Maybe people slagged me off and I haven't been Googling myself assiduously enough.

"I think it's terribly written but still enjoy watching it and I don't know why. I'll watch and think, 'No-one would say that, why's that happening?' Maybe the enjoyment of the sets and costumes is enough to sustain it."

He continued: "I'd love a part in it, but I've probably shot myself in the foot there."

Mitchell also confessed to harbouring ambitions in Hollywood, but said that he is "too much of a stick-in-the-mud" to leave Britain for good.

"If someone offered me a lucrative job, there's no doubt I would take it," he said. "But I don't want to move there. I'm too much of a stick-in-the-mud to want to live anywhere so sunny."

Downton Abbey's third series continues this Sunday (October 14) at 9pm on ITV1.

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