Congratulations on the BAFTA nominations! How are you feeling?
Both: "Thank you very much!"
Laura: "I'm so proud. I can't get over it, really."
Dan: "I'm very excited. The big one is - well, they're all big ones - but the exciting one is the Audience Award because 'Best Drama Series' is up to people in a room somewhere in the Academy making their decision, and that's wonderful. But the YouTube Audience Award is people out there voting and clicking."
Laura: "And we're amongst The Only Way Is Essex..."
Dan: "And Miranda, Gypsy Weddings."
Laura: "And The Killing and Sherlock."
Dan: "It's quite extraordinary, for a thing set in 1914 to be up there alongside them. But lots and lots of people watched us and liked us and hopefully will get on board and get involved."
Were you surprised how popular Downton was?
Dan: "Pleasantly surprised, I suppose. We thought we were on to a good thing but figures like that you never expect really, unless you're the Royal Wedding or something! I'm going to be tweeting the hell out of [the Audience Award] and getting people on board."
So you're going to be campaigning?
Dan: "Well, it's worth a tweet, isn't it?"
Laura: "Dan and Hugh [Bonneville] love the Twitter. They're very, very good. And I'd like to right now announce that it was me that got Hugh Bonneville on Twitter. You can thank me later."
Dan: "He's quite a tweeter. I'm quite sporadic. Every so often I'll just shout lots of things and then go quiet for a few weeks, but I am out there."
Laura: "You and Hugh have a lovely banter on there."
Dan: "We have an interesting storyline we created ourselves really. He started out being lord of all and treating me - on Twitter - like dirt. And then the tables slowly turned and now I get him to do things like make me breakfast. Purely fictionally on Twitter you understand!"
Laura: "But now you must use your power to tell [people] that they can vote for us."
Dan: "I do try and do that as well. But no, it's very exciting. The long and short of it is we're very, very excited to be here. It's really nice when something so popular also gets a bit of recognition with the gongs and stuff. That's great."
How do you think you'll feel on BAFTA day - will you be nervous?
Laura: "Oh, I should think so!"
Dan: "Probably. The weird thing about those days is it's always just like, 'Who else is in the room?' That's the thing that always bowls me over. You turn up and it's like, 'Ooh, it's Heston Blumenthal!' It gets really exciting."
Laura: "Lots of that is already happening today [at the nominations party]."
Are you feeling a bit starstruck?
Laura: "Yes! Only Way Is Essex are right there! I'm very excited. I can't believe that Lauren and Mark have turned up together! I'm a little bit shocked about this."
Dan: "Do you think the storyline's faked and they're actually together in real life?"
Laura: "Dan, don't even go there. Don't even go there. I'll try to get them in a corner later to ask them what went on! And Rob Brydon is here."
Dan: "Stephen Mangan, Mark Gatiss - author of Sherlock along with Steven Moffatt, who's also here. Who else can we see? Kayvan Novak, Fonejacker and Four Lions star. Laura Carmichael, Lady Edith from Downton Abbey is here..."
Laura: "Dan Stevens is here..."
Dan: "It's quite exciting."
Laura: "We are fans of TV. When there's stuff like this going on it shows what brilliant drama [there's been], like Sherlock. It's been a great year for TV."
And there's more Downton Abbey coming...
Dan: "We're halfway through filming the second series. I couldn't possibly tell you anything or I'd have to eat your dictaphone."
I'm willing to go with that.
Dan: "'I have another one in my bag!' No, it's really exciting. And as good, if not better, than last year. Really, really good."
Can you tell us anything at all?
Dan: "There's a war."
Laura: "There is a war."
Dan: "And it changes a lot of things for a lot of people in a really big way."
Laura: "I think a really exciting way. People are going to love it."
Dan: "In a sad way and also an interesting way. Some for the better, some for the worse. Am I being non-committal enough? But it's really, really exciting and it's nice to know there's a ready audience willing and really hungry for it. I get a lot of tweets actually just going, 'When's the next series out? We want it now'. It's really cool."
Are you feeling under pressure to live up to the first series?
Dan: "A bit, but the pressure's really on [writer] Julian [Fellowes]. He so far has [lived up to it], we think, and also it's such an ensemble that I don't think any one of us feels the pressure is on any of our shoulders individually."
Laura: "I can't wait to see what everyone else is doing."
Dan: "It will succeed or fail through all of us. I think the first series was a testament to there's not a weak link in the cast. Well, there's me!"
Laura: "Yeah, isn't he awful?"
Dan: "But it's a really strong, big team."
Laura: "And Julian's written some fantastic stuff. And I think people are already in love with these characters and he took us right up to the start of the war in the first series."
Dan: "He led us to war. It's his fault, essentially, that we're in the war!"
Laura: "Exactly! And all these wonderful characters - you're going to see what happens to them in this time period that we know a lot about. We know how gruesome it is and how it changes society, so I think it's going to be really fun."
Dan: "There's a lot of novels being published this year set in the First World War and with the centenary just round the corner it's going to be very much in vogue in the next two or three years. It's going to be cool."
What about the new characters in Downton Abbey?
Laura: "Lovely new characters!"
Dan: "There are a couple of new faces. I can't tell you what they do in it..."
Dan: "But they are there. We've got Iain Glen, Zoe Boyle, Amy Nuttall..."
Laura: "We now have a Boyle, a Doyle and a Coyle in the cast! [Brendan Coyle plays John Bates and Kevin Doyle plays Molesley]. So we're pleased with that addition, obviously, for those reasons. No, they're lovely new characters. I think it's just going to be so exciting. I don't know what we're going to do with ourselves [when filming's over]."
What did you make of the Upstairs Downstairs-Downton Abbey rivalry?
Dan: "There was no rivalry. There was a bit of banter."
Laura: "It's really fantastic to me to see lots of drama being made, and for actors, that's all actors are worried about...[There's] definitely [room for both]. It's just lovely when something captures the public's imagination."
What can you tell us about the romances in the new series of Downton Abbey?
Dan: "There is some. There is some."
Laura: "There is more romance."
Dan: "There is more romance."
Laura: "There may be more."
Dan: "There is less romance."
Laura: "Equal amounts."
Dan: "There is some of the same romance. There are men. There are women. There are men. There are men."
Laura: "Men will be men. Women will be women."
Dan: "There are even some tractors, but I can't talk about that."
You'll start some strange rumours!
Dan: [laughs] "But yes, there's going to be lots of romance, lots of drama and scandal and actually it's going to be quite different as well. There's going to be a few exciting, notable changes what with the war and everything that will surprise a few viewers."
Laura: "Basically I think you're just going to love it! It's so exciting. It's still in the beautiful house, still with the beautiful clothes but in this really exciting time period that we do know quite a lot about from school, but not to the detail that Julian loves to bring. Julian knows so much."
Dan: "Individual lives and how they're affected on every social level."
Laura: "I'm genuinely excited to see how people react to it."
Dan: "I still haven't read all the scripts. I'm as in the dark as you are, really!"
Laura: "[It's really about how the war] affects them and how they change."
Dan: "It's the war back home, largely. The war and how it affects people."
Laura: "I don't think it's been done in that way - to see the home front. And the costumes, they had to make a lot more than they had to last year because this time period hasn't been done for girls. Because there hasn't been a period drama done in this way before they had to make some original costumes."
Finally, do you know anything about Julian's new project Titanic?
Laura: "I can't wait!"
Dan: "We don't know anything about it."
Laura: "Anything by Julian will be fab."
Dan: "They're shooting in Hungary. We didn't get to go to Hungary! I'm sure that'll be great. I suppose that takes them up to the point where Downton took off, with the sinking of the Titanic. But I don't know anything about it really!"
Laura: "Julian's stuff will be thrilling."
The Philips British Television Academy Awards will be held in London on Sunday. The ceremony will be broadcast from 8pm on BBC One.