Laura Carmichael spills the beans on what it's like to work with movie legend Shirley Maclaine

Downton Abbey was so sad last night, with Lady Sybil dying after childbirth.

But the new series has definitely been given a boost by the appearance of Shirley MacLaine, 78, who’s stolen every scene she’s been in.

As the American mother of Cora, Countess of Grantham, the movie legend had great fun shooting her scenes with the cast.

Laura Carmichael, 26, who plays Lady Edith, tells us: ‘Shirley was amazing.

‘She told us stories about old Hollywood, being friends with Elizabeth Taylor and going to parties with Michael Jackson!’

Wow, we’re well jel!