Spotlight: Mr. Selfridge Stars, Onscreen & Off
Whether they're sporting corsets, huge piles of hair, or an impressive handlebar mustache, the characters of Mr. Selfridge Season 2 look very different than their off-screen counterparts. See what the stars look like in real life, when they're not devising intrigues, following their hearts, or trying to sell something.
Harry Selfridge/Jeremy Piven
Even without the trademark Selfridge mustache, actor Jeremy Piven has much in common with his character when it comes to style. Both Selfridge and Piven are sartorial powerhouses of their time, exuding confidence and power in their dapper attire and perfectly sculpted facial hair! Learn more.
Josie Mardle/Amanda Abbington
From prim Miss Mardle to pixie Amanda Abbington, Josie is a pussycat in real life! Another difference: While Josie Mardle began Season 2 as a spurned spinster, actress Amanda Abbington is the longtime partner of Sherlock's Martin Freeman, with whom she has two children. Learn more.
Kitty Hawkins/Amy Beth Hayes
Kitty Hawkins, the perky East End beauty with the baby-doll voice, has very little in common with actress Amy Beth Hayes. For one thing, Amy Beth's real voice is warm, smooth and natural. And, she's from Wales! Learn more.
Lady Mae Loxley/Katherine Kelly
The sleek and stylish actress Katherine Kelly has little in common, appearance-wise, with her corseted and colorful character Lady Mae Loxley. But like Lady Mae, Katherine Kelly is a veteran of the stage; her father established a theatre company in Yorkshire, and she's been a leading lady for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Learn more.
Rose Selfridge/Frances O'Connor
The buttoned-up Edwardian Rose is California casual in real life, living in LA with her son and his actor/writer father. Another difference: In Mr. Selfridge, O'Connor's character, Rose, is the long-suffering victim of Harry's many affairs. But in her title role in MASTERPIECE's 2000 adaptation of Madame Bovary, the tables are turned, as she cheats on her husband, played by Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville! Learn more.
Agnes Towler/Aisling Loftus
Agnes Towler got a lot more glamorous in Mr. Selfridge, Season 2, but off-screen, actress Aisling Loftus has the effortless beauty of the quintessential English rose. Like her character, an ingénue in Season 1, Loftus was an ingénue in the classic sense of the word, making her first television appearance at age 10. Learn more.
Henri Leclair/Gregory Fitoussi
Actor Gregory Fitoussi has more in common with his Mr. Selfridge character than just his devastating good looks and accented English: he knows women's fashion. His father worked in a shop selling women's clothes for many years. Learn more.