Stars of Downton Abbey show their support for WaterAid

The cast of Downton Abbey have embraced 'water bottle-gate' by posing for a picture to promote our work.


15 Aug 2014 | AU

The cast of Downton Abbey embraced 'water bottle-gate' today by posing for a picture to promote WaterAid's work.

A publicity still released this week hit the headlines when a plastic water bottle was spotted in the corner of the picture. The official photograph of The Earl and Lady Edith was cropped and used during the launch of the new season, but it was when an uncropped version of the image worked its way onto the internet that it sparked a global press frenzy.

The original Downton Abbey water bottle-gate photo

An ITV spokesperson said, "After seeing the reaction the picture caused earlier this week, the cast and crew came up with the idea of turning some of this attention towards an issue around water that really matters. They hope that by posing for this picture they will be able to raise awareness and amplify the work of international charity - WaterAid."

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