Favourite Downton Abbey Characters

List your favourite Downton Abbey characters from the UK hit TV show.

The Top Ten

1 Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham

She has great lines and also a good sense of humor.
Plus she is funny.


Oh my gosh, Violet is my favorite! She always delivers the comic relief on the show and I don't think they could have gotten a better actress for her than Maggie Smith!

Maggie smith has the best lines and delivers them with ease, talent & experience - brad76

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2 Lady Sybil Crawley

A true feminist icon ♥

She was the best character of this show, her death still hurts. She would have been a wonderful wife and mother, we deserved to see more of her life with Branson! Her simple and particular beauty and her courage won’t be forgotten.

So beautiful, so caring, so brave

She's clever and stands up for women's rights

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3 Lady Mary Crawley

She is the main character of every series and is misunderstood all the time. She always has the last word on everything and tries to make the most of every event.

I just feel like Mary is my soulmate. I can always understand her, even when she does things like destroying Edith's love with Anthony Strallan and Bertie. I think I would do the same, even when I know it is wrong.

She is misunderstood hugely, I think she is very strong and maybe slightly mean at times but hey we all have our faults and it must have hurt deeply when she found out her own sister tried to betray her and make her a public disgrace.

Very interesting character. Started out as spoiled & snobby, but, became more kinder as the series progressed.

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4 Anna Smith

She's so pretty and sweet. She and mr. Bates have the best relationship!

How on Earth is Anna number 3, she is so bland, ernest, and one dimensional, and so damn self- righteous but I guess that's why people like her so much. And don't get me started on her tears and how her upper lip quivers every time she's about to sob.

Anna is kind, generous, hard working, clever, determined, and strong. She stayed with Mr. Bates despite everything he went through with his wife, and is also a great friend to Lady Mary as well as some of the other servant girls. She always knows the right thing to do, and is willing to help anyone out. VOTE FOR ANNA!

She is the best all-round person of the lot --a true heroine.

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5 Thomas Barrow

I like his complexity and wish he was given more attention with his character development.

I simply love him. And I don't know really why. Although he was arrogant especially at the beginning, I loved it right away.

Underneath that cold, sarcastic exterior is a bitter man who just wants to be loved for who he is.

He has the best story line and grow so much

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6 Mrs. Hughes

Mrs. Hughes is the glue of the series. Sensible, dependable and wise but still open to fun! She understands life and has seen the worst of it but can appreciate the best of it. Everyone has their favorite, but Mrs. Hughes is the most well rounded of all the characters

Mrs. Hughes is kind, generous, and always look for the right thing to do. Not to mention the fact that she is pretty funny! She's very loving, and when she comes on screen it warms my heart and makes me smile. VOTE MRS. HUGHES!

Mrs Hughes is just awesome!

I think she's great, always knowss the right thing to do & say

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7 Tom Branson

I love him so much :') - RookWizard

Tom began as a somewhat hotheaded, opinionated character who scorned the class system which paid him. Over the course of the series, he evolved into a very human, sometimes confused but always lovable part of the family, indeed the conscience of those who grew to rely upon his strength, kindness and, yes, tolerance. My favorite character!

Played by Allen Leech.

8 Matthew Crawley

The voice of reason on this show and the one who was consistently nice to everyone- remember how he stood up for a disgraced Tom? He was also one half of the most compelling storyline on the show (Matthew and Mary) and really brought out the best in Mary, a character whom is very dislikeable without him. The two high moments of this very emotionally draining show were his proposal to Mary and him meeting his newborn son.

Probably the nicest person on the show! He is so amazing!

He's my #1 favorite character! I was so upset when he died.

Love this man so much! So cool!

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9 Mrs. Patmore

She is simply amazing and I love her! Often times feel like giving her a hug she is such a darling woman so neutral and smart and dedicated.

She is a very caring and motherly person. She gives good device and is a really good cook

SHe is hollarius and awesome. She is a true comic.

Played by Leslie Nichol - brad76

10 Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham

Played by Elizabeth McGovern - brad76

The Contenders

11 John Bates

John Bates is totally mysterious character. He's cool. I love you and I hope that he'll be still alive.

Played by Brendan Coyle - brad76

I find the character of John Bates intriguing and interesting. At first it was like this poor guy is going through a lot. Then later I wondered if he really did off his vicious hag of a wife after all. Later on, I wondered who and how he might have had to take care of inmates giving him a rough time. Then Green, who many consider also had it coming, met his end. Now I am wondering if Bates, being a war veteran who was in the active line of duty, may have been a true real bad-as*. Perhaps he was in the same category as Richard Harrow from Boardwalk Empire, though Bates isn’t a gangster. Bates is mostly a calm dude who does his thing until somebody messes with him, his new wife or someone he is loyal to. Then he can get nasty.

Perhaps Bates does some dirty work on the side, for local upper class folks, when there is a special job that goes beyond it being handled in a civilized or “normal” manner. Perhaps Bates is even darker than that. Maybe he is creepy to the point of ...more

12 Lady Rose Eclair

Lily James oozes class, lovely smile, petite body and hair, she's also great actress on "War & Peace" and a sexy minx on "Pride Prejudice and Zombies! " Her smile can light up a room and her character is fun.

It was MacClare not Eclair lol - pjo

13 Lady Edith Crawley

She plays really well, I like her, she's autentic especially in the las season. She's nice.

I know in the first season she wasn't nice but in series two she became a better person and in seres three she was nicer than Mary so I think she is awesome.

The war changes her. She is so much nicer than mary in the later series. And she has such bad luck. I think she is actually quite pretty despite everything mary says

After season 3 she is so nice. I really like her!

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14 William Mason

He is a precious gift.

15 Daisy Mason

Nothing keeps her down for long, and nothing shakes this girl's spirit for long.

16 Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham

He has a good heart and does the best he can. Mostly gets it right.

17 Charles Carson

I loved watching him try to cook for Mrs. Hughes

18 Isobel Crawley

Played by Penelope Wilton - brad76

19 Sarah O'Brien

So bad yet so interesting, has her moments

20 Dr. Richard Clarkson
21 Charles Blake
22 Lavinia Swire
23 Mr Green
24 Mrs. May Bird
25 Mr. Molesley
26 Anthony Foyle, Lord Gillingham
27 Andrew Parker
28 Vera Bates

She is mysterious

29 Gwendoline

She is a maid who later became a secretary

30 Miss Denker
31 James (Jimmy)
32 Alfred
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