May 19 2011 8:04am

For the Love of...Downton Abbey Actors’ Super-Dry Delivery

What is it about British actors and their super-dry senses of humor? Perhaps the epitome of this is Hugh Grant, but read how Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens (he plays Matthew Crawley) and Laura Carmichael (she plays Lady Edith) respond in a recent Digital Spy interview when asked about Downton Abbey Season Two:

Q: 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.”

Can you think of any comparable American actors who can do dry as well? It's difficult; if they were to respond in a like manner, they'd be seen as being deliberately obscure, whereas these dry replies are just...super-dry.

Wasteland-ish, even.

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Donna Cummings
1. Donna Cummings
This is why I love British sitcoms. The dry sense of humor is almost self-deprecating at times, and I think it requires an extreme amount of wit. I love it. Now I need some to go with my coffee!
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
@DonnaCummings: Exactly! I have a VERY dry sense of humor (so dry, in fact, as to be arid at times), and I know I got it from Wodehouse and Monty Python. But I don't have a cool accent.
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