Phoebe Waller-Bridge auditioned for Downton Abbey
10 June 2017 - 10:00 AM

Phoebe Waller-Bridge auditioned for Downton Abbey

Share article:

Phoebe Waller-Bridge auditioned for "Downton Abbey" - but she was turned down.

The "Fleabag" actress may have a number of awards under her belt across both film and television but not everyone is willing to give her a part at the drop of the hat as she has admitted she once tried her luck on the period drama, which ran from 2010 until 2015, but was told she wasn't successful because she's so funny.

Speaking to "The Hollywood Reporter", she said: "I went in, and I remember it was quite a serious part and I had really been auditioning for comedy for a couple of years and I was really thrilled to come in for this part, so I put my heart and soul into it.

"I went in thinking, "I'm going to give my best, sincere, heartbreaking performance". It was a really beautiful scene in a church; there's a little clue.

"And I went in and I gave this really heartfelt audition. And when I finished, they were like, "We had no idea she was so f**king hilarious!" I had really given myself, and they're like, "Oh, yeah, you're not right"."

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's new show to air on BBC

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's new show to air on BBC

7 March 2018 - 1:00 AM

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's new show to air on BBC

However, the 31-year-old actress could be about to land a major role as she's reportedly impressed bosses so much recently that they're thinking about making her the new female Doctor Who when Peter Capaldi departs the role later this year.

A source said recently: "Beeb bosses love Phoebe. They thought she did an amazing job with "Fleabag" and is certainly one of the rising stars in TV and film.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge to star in new romantic comedy

Phoebe Waller-Bridge to star in new romantic comedy

23 February 2018 - 11:00 AM

Phoebe Waller-Bridge to star in new romantic comedy

"They see her as the perfect fit as a Time Lord and the first female Doctor Who."

Hannah Spearritt to return to EastEnders?
25 April 2018

Hannah Spearritt to return to EastEnders?

Hannah Spearritt to return to EastEnders?
Georgia Toffolo would dump boyfriend for MiC
25 April 2018

Georgia Toffolo would dump boyfriend for MiC

Georgia Toffolo would dump boyfriend for MiC
Megan McKenna and Mike Thalassitis split
24 April 2018

Megan McKenna and Mike Thalassitis split

Megan McKenna and Mike Thalassitis split
Phillip Schofield to co-host ITV royal wedding coverage
24 April 2018

Phillip Schofield to co-host ITV royal wedding coverage

Phillip Schofield to co-host ITV royal wedding coverage
Jason Donovan will 'never' reprise Neighbours role
24 April 2018

Jason Donovan will 'never' reprise Neighbours role

Jason Donovan will 'never' reprise Neighbours role
Stephen Mangan wants 'emotional pain' from The Split
24 April 2018

Stephen Mangan wants 'emotional pain' from The Split

Stephen Mangan wants 'emotional pain' from The Split
Jason Flemyng 'blown away' by Lennie James' Save Me performance
24 April 2018

Jason Flemyng 'blown away' by Lennie James' Save Me performance

Jason Flemyng 'blown away' by Lennie James' Save Me performance
Chelsee Healey plans 3rd boob job
24 April 2018

Chelsee Healey plans 3rd boob job

Chelsee Healey plans 3rd boob job
Steve Pemberton to play Tony Martin
24 April 2018

Steve Pemberton to play Tony Martin

Steve Pemberton to play Tony Martin
Ferne McCann lets go of anger for Arthur Collins
24 April 2018

Ferne McCann lets go of anger for Arthur Collins

Ferne McCann lets go of anger for Arthur Collins
Sally Dynevor 'sad' about Kate Oates departure
24 April 2018

Sally Dynevor 'sad' about Kate Oates departure

Sally Dynevor 'sad' about Kate Oates departure
June Brown signs new EastEnders deal
24 April 2018

June Brown signs new EastEnders deal

June Brown signs new EastEnders deal