Doctor Blanche Mottershead / Lady Portia Airesford
Doctor Blanche Mottershead - Alex Kingston
Blanche married her practical nature with her passion for history and became a noted archaeologist. After the Great War, during which she drove an ambulance in Belgium, she was involved in studies of the Rosetta Stone, and the excavation of tombs in the Valley of the Kings. However, Blanche is by no means a romantic and the endless sifting of soil has made her a pragmatist, a seeker and a speaker of the truth. Blanche loved her late sister, but had little respect for her and her lack of reverence for Maud’s memory causes friction with both Sir Hallam and Mr Amanjit, who are dismayed when the uncompromising spinster announces her intention to remain at Eaton PlaceBut Blanche has a history of her own and, when her unconventional lifestyle is exposed, she is forced to excavate the most tender, painful corners of her soul.
Blanche and Portia - Part One
Lady Portia Airesford - Emilia Fox
Lady Portia Alersford, is an upper-class socialite who publishes a scandalous novel. The book gets people talking because it’s based on Portia’s lesbian relationship with Blanche (Alex Kingston). She’s aware of the scandal it might cause, but she doesn’t look too deeply at the consequences of it. She doesn’t think it will be too bad. Her feelings for Blanche overwhelm the scandal it may cause.
Blanche and Portia - Part Two
Alex and Emilia - Film and Television Appearances
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