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Bromley toddler gets taste of Downton Abbey life as Baby Sybbie
A BROMLEY toddler has won the role of a lifetime as baby Sybbie in Downton Abbey.
Ava Mann, two, impressed TV bosses with her outgoing personality and is one of the new stars of the show.
The eagerly awaited historical drama returns to ITV this autumn as the aristocratic family continues to adjust with the loss of Lady Sybil, who died during childbirth in last year’s series as well as Matthew Crawley’s sudden death.
Ava plays Sybil’s daughter and joins a host of new characters in the fourth series which has already delighted preview audiences.
The tot's TV debut came as a result of her parents signing her up with an acting agency because of her confidence.
Mum Chané Mann, 28, has revealed there were even some diva-ish demands during the filming which took place between February and July.
The dance director, of Bromley Road, Beckenham, said: "She’d always ask for bottled water and Haribo sweets.
"In her breaks she’d play on her iPad, watch TV, have a little nap and she loved the big sofa in the caravan.
"The wardrobe people would measure her for all these beautiful costumes each morning which she really liked and she’d twirl around. She loved the attention.
"The cast spent time getting to know her and visited her caravan each morning to say hello.
"Allen Leech, who play her father, in particular spent a lot of time getting to know her and bond with her and they’d go off for little walks down the lane, it was really sweet. He was definitely her favourite."
Mrs Mann was seven months pregnant with her second daughter when filming started and she accompanied Ava on set at all times.
She added: "Every time she sees something to do with Downton Abbey she says ‘Ava and Allen be on TV’.
"She’s getting excited about it and we’ll obviously let her watch her scenes but I don’t think she’ll really understand it - her favourite programme at the moment is Peppa Pig."
"I think she’d do more filming if the opportunity arose, as long as she’s happy."
Downton Abbey returns to ITV in the Autumn.
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