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Winner of Downton Abbey competition announced in Chile

Claudia Arenas from Concepción won the Downton Abbey competition for creative writing. She won two return tickets to the UK.

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Claudia Arenas at the British Embassy

Claudia Arenas with the British Ambassador and Mr. Pedro Pffeffer.

The British Embassy in Santiago announced that Claudia Arenas, a 19 year old student of English pedagogy from Concepcion, has won our Downton Abbey competition, made possible with sponsorship from the British Institute. For the competition, we asked entrants to write a short script for Downton Abbey 2013 – i.e. set in modern day Britain. Claudia impressed the judges with her well written and creative story. In Claudia’s winning entry, the traditional Downton Abbey manor is converted into a 21st century London pub and the plot focuses on anti-discrimination in modern Britain. Read here Claudia’s story (in Spanish.)

Claudia wins flights, accommodation and expenses for a one week trip to London. Her prize will include a visit to Highclere Castle, the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, and filming location for Downton Abbey. She received the prize in a ceremony held at the British Residence on 25 July.

On announcing Claudia’s prize, Jon Benjamin, British Ambassador to Chile said:

Claudia used her creativity and imagination to write an excellent script propelling Downton Abbey into the 21st century. Her script highlights several aspects of what is great about Britain today – tolerance, equality and respect but also creativity, vision and innovation. I hope she enjoys her trip.

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Published 25 July 2013