Downton Abbey TV Series

This British Television Series is simply superb (IMHO)! I started watching this show from it’s debut in January 2011 and we are currently on season 3 here in the states. The show was created by Julian Fellowes. Some of you may be familiar with him from his days on another brilliant British Television Series called Monarch of the Glen (Another one of my favorites!). He played the part of Kilwille.

The series is set in the fictional Downton Abbey, a Yorkshire country house, the seat of the Earl and Countess of Grantham, and follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants during the reign of King George V. The first series spanned the two years before the Great War beginning with news of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, which set the story in motion. The second series covered the years 1916 to 1919, and the 2011 Christmas Special covered the 1919 Christmas period, ending in early 1920. The third series picks up soon thereafter, covering 1920 through the autumn of 1921.

The past and present cast consists of the following:

Hugh Bonneville – Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham – The Lord Grantham, head of the Crawley

Elizabeth McGovern – Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham – The Lady Grantham, Lord Grantham’s American heiress wife

Michelle Dockery – Lady Mary Crawley – Eldest daughter of Lord and Lady Grantham

Laura Carmichael – Lady Edith Crawley – Middle daughter of Lord and Lady Grantham

Jessica Brown Findlay – Lady Sybil Branson (née Crawley) – Youngest daughter of Lord and Lady Grantham

Maggie Smith – Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham – Lord Grantham’s mother and grandmother to Lady Mary, Lady Edith and the Late Lady Sybil and Great-grandmother to Lady Sybil’s child and Lady Mary’s child

Allen Leech – Tom Branson – Agent of the estate and former chauffeur

Dan Stevens – Matthew Crawley – Heir presumptive (third cousin once removed) of Lord Grantham; former lawyer, latterly co-owner of the estate

Penelope Wilton – Isobel Crawley – Widow of Reginald Crawley and Matthew’s mother; former nurse

Lily James – Lady Rose MacClare – Cousin and ward of the Granthams; daughter of the Marquess and Marchioness of Flintshire

Jim Carter – Charles “Charlie” Carson – Butler

Phyllis Logan – Elsie Hughes – Housekeeper

Brendan Coyle – John Bates – widower of Vera and Anna’s husband and Lord Grantham’s valet

Siobhan Finneran – Sarah O’Brien – Lady Grantham’s lady’s maid

Rob James-Collier – Thomas Barrow – Footman, later Lord Grantham’s valet, then underbutler

Joanne Froggatt – Anna Bates (née Smith) – Head housemaid, later lady’s maid; wife to John Bates

Lesley Nicol – Beryl Patmore Cook

Sophie McShera – Daisy Mason (née Robinson) – Kitchen maid, later assistant cook; widow of William Mason

Thomas Howes – William Mason – Footman; late husband of Daisy

Rose Leslie – Gwen Dawson – Housemaid

Amy Nuttall – Ethel Parks – Housemaid, later Mrs Crawley’s Housekeeper

Kevin Doyle – Joseph Molesley – Mr Crawley’s butler and valet

Matt Milne – Alfred Nugent – Footman

Edward Speleers – James “Jimmy” Kent – Footman

A Special Guest star that is on this Season (3) is Shirley MacLaine who plays Martha Levinson, American mother of Lady Grantham and Grandmother of Lady Mary,Lady Edith and the late Lady Sybil and Great-Grandmother to Lady Sybil’s child and Lady Mary’s Child. The way that Shirley and Maggie Smith interact is wonderful, just love watching them go at  it!


Downton Abbey is a quality show with a superb cast, excellent plot development, wonderful scenery, lavish sets and costumes and brilliant performances!

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