Tatler magazine has apologised to Daisy Lewis after describing the Downton Abbey actor as “fun … in bed. Probably.”
In the monthly society style magazine’s Little Black Book feature, which profiles “the smartest, sexiest singles on the planet”, they included an image of Lewis in their rankings.
The magazine captioned the shot: “As Daisy is quite small, you might be tricked into believing she’s quiet. LOL. She isn’t. This actress is loud. Which makes her fun at a party. And in bed. Probably.”
Lewis, who played the school teacher Sarah Bunting in the ITV drama, tweeted an image of the page on Friday night, saying: “I’m really shocked and upset by this. But thankfully I’m ‘loud’ enough to say it. Does anyone at Tatler read the news?”
— Daisy Lewis (@daisylflewis) November 3, 2017
On Saturday morning, the Condé Nast publication apologised to the star on social media and said a full apology would be printed in the next edition of the magazine.
Tatler apologises unreservedly to @daisylflewis. We will also be publishing a full apology in the next issue.
— Tatler (@TatlerUK) November 4, 2017
After a week of intense debate about the sexual harassment of women in the arts and politics, fury mounted on social media over the caption.
Some branded the inclusion of the sexualised comment misogynistic and aggressive.