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

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!

Violet brings the comic relief and humour through the darkness. She is the Queen of One Liners, Witticisms and Put Downs. Maggie Smith played her to perfection!

Definitely has the funniest quotes and helps make some much needed comic relief.

Maggie Smith as Violet is amazing, it seems like she was made for that character.

2 Lady Mary Crawley

Lady Mary Crawley is truly the most misunderstood character in the series. And I would choose her over Edith anyday. She is a strong woman, and yep a bit shallow but who isn't? She truly cares about people in her life such as Mathew, Sybil, Anna, Tom. If people hate her because of Edith, then she was no less.
I loved this character, and felt she was quite like her grandmother.

She and Violet are my absolute favourites.

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 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.

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

3 Lady Sybil Crawley

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.

She is the kindest person on the show. Loved the scene where she wears the Trousers. I was really sad when she died.

I really don't think john bates should be on this list. He's weird

4 Tom Branson

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!

5 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.

Matthew is just so amazing. He's smart, kind, and even is able to see a goodness in Mary. *SPOILER*

His death was absolutely devastating, and I was upset for weeks. Every time I watch an episode in seasons 4-6, I miss him.
The way he's stood up for Branson is heartwarming, and after his death I wish we could've seen more of a reaction from Branson.
He is my favorite character along with the others in my top five (ranked): Branson, Sybil [RIP], Anna, and Edith.

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

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

6 Thomas Barrow

I couldn't imagine another actor playing barrow. Such a well written complex character and a great performance by Collier.

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.

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

7 Anna Smith

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!

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.

A brilliant character. Hers and Mary's Friendship is my favourite parts of the show.

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

8 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!

Women power vibes.

9 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.

she's rather underrated, I really like her. She gives us a break from all the drama in the series. She's just a young girl who loves to party, break the rules, and meet up with boys. She's awesome

10 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

The Contenders
11 Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham

Beautiful, fashionable and well mannered. The love, care and loyalty she shows for Robert is heartwarming.

12 John Bates

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 being an ...more

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

Hot-headed, but with good reason.

13 Charles Carson

He's such a snob, and always so shocked about everything. My absolute favorite.

I loved watching him try to cook for Mrs. Hughes

14 Lady Edith Crawley

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

Independent and always reinventing herself. Her character growth is very well written.

In the first series she was awful but aren't we all at one time? Also she grew into a better person so I like her too xx

15 Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham

I respect those who like him, but this dude was too stuck up in his pride to admit he was loosing money, and when he got the money he didn't even accept it! Also, he never supported Sybil or Edith when they got married! And to top all that he kinda cheated in his wife! (Plus he doesn't believe in woman's rights >:C) So that's how I feel. Feel free to hate meh

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

Surrounded by women. His face expressions are hilarious.

16 William Mason

He is a precious gift.

17 Daisy Mason

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

Very little to dislike about Daisy.

18 Isobel Crawley

Good hearted, witty, smart and progressive. A great mother and friend.

19 Phyllis Baxter
20 Dr. Richard Clarkson
21 Charles Blake
22 James (Jimmy)
23 Lavinia Swire

Kind of a boring character, but I felt really sorry for her and she was such a lovely person, however it was obvious matthew and mary would get together and she was just an obstacle along the way

24 Sarah O'Brien
25 Mrs. May Bird

Although she doesn't appear much on the show, I love her character. She seems harsh but deep down she is so nice and loving to everyone. I was upset that Isobel chose her over Ethel. I would have loved to see her more in the series.

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