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A chronicle of the lives of the Crawley family and their servants, beginning in the years leading up to World War I. Full summary »
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Beautifully produced, and for me one of the better programmes airing this year See more (110 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 21 of 96)

Hugh Bonneville ... Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham (43 episodes, 2010-2014)

Laura Carmichael ... Lady Edith Crawley (43 episodes, 2010-2014)

Jim Carter ... Mr. Carson (43 episodes, 2010-2014)

Brendan Coyle ... John Bates (43 episodes, 2010-2014)

Michelle Dockery ... Lady Mary Crawley (43 episodes, 2010-2014)

Joanne Froggatt ... Anna Bates / ... (43 episodes, 2010-2014)

Rob James-Collier ... Thomas Barrow (43 episodes, 2010-2014)

Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Hughes (43 episodes, 2010-2014)

Elizabeth McGovern ... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham (43 episodes, 2010-2014)

Sophie McShera ... Daisy Mason / ... (43 episodes, 2010-2014)

Lesley Nicol ... Mrs. Patmore (43 episodes, 2010-2014)

Maggie Smith ... Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham (43 episodes, 2010-2014)

Penelope Wilton ... Isobel Crawley (41 episodes, 2010-2014)

Allen Leech ... Tom Branson (38 episodes, 2010-2014)

Kevin Doyle ... Joseph Molesley (35 episodes, 2010-2014)

David Robb ... Dr. Clarkson (27 episodes, 2010-2014)

Siobhan Finneran ... Sarah O'Brien (25 episodes, 2010-2012)

Dan Stevens ... Matthew Crawley (25 episodes, 2010-2012)

Jessica Brown Findlay ... Lady Sybil Crawley / ... (20 episodes, 2010-2012)

Lily James ... Lady Rose MacClare (20 episodes, 2012-2014)

Ed Speleers ... Jimmy Kent (19 episodes, 2012-2014)
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Also Known As:
"Masterpiece Classic" - USA (informal title)
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65 min (2 episodes, excluding commercials) | 48 min (5 episodes, excluding commercials)
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Australia:M (some episodes) | Australia:PG (some episodes) | Finland:K-12 | Finland:K-7 (season 1) (DVD release) | Ireland:12 | Netherlands:9 | Singapore:M18 (season 1) | Singapore:PG (season 2) (season 4) | Singapore:NC-16 (season 3) | UK:12

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Julian Fellowes' inspiration for his original story came from authors such as Edith Wharton ("The Buccaneers") and close friend Henry James's general research of the novel's time period and subject matter. He also sourced the 1989 book "To Marry an English Lord". Elizabeth McGovern's character Cora, was the first one that he developed.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Although Robert and Cora Crawley both have blue eyes, their daughter, Mary, has brown eyes. This was thought biologically impossible in the Davenport Model (1907), although not very common, two blue-eyed parents can produce children with brown eyes. Eye color is a complex trait that depends on the state of several interacting genes. The gene that usually decides the issue (blue eyes or brown eyes) is the OCA2 gene on chromosome 15. But it comes in different strengths. A person with a weak form of the OCA2 gene will have blue eyes. Likewise a person with a strong form will have brown eyes, but individuals also have other eye-color genes that each has a say in the final eye-color outcome. For example, if one of these lesser genes is strong, it can make the weak form (blue) of OCA2 work much more effectively - almost like the strong form (brown). Then the eye color may be brown. In fact, the resulting color can be any shade of brown, hazel, green or blue depending on the interactions.See more »
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112 out of 137 people found the following review useful.
Beautifully produced, and for me one of the better programmes airing this year, 7 November 2010
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

I have to say I loved Downton Abbey, and thought it was one of the better programmes airing this year along with Luther, Sherlock and the stunning Channel 4 drama Mo. Downton Abbey was beautifully produced, well cast and interesting, when it was first advertised it looked as though ITV had a hit and from the first episode I think Downton Abbey lived up to that expectation.

I for one loved how elegant Downton Abbey was. The photography was beautiful and skillful, while the scenery was breathtaking and the costumes were exquisite. The scoring was also very good, often very hypnotic and beautiful. The direction was controlled, the episodes were well paced and for me the characters were believable my favourites being Violet and Robert.

The writing in general was another strength. It was witty in a subtle way, is often funny and could be heart warming and poignant too, the best coming from Violet and Mrs Hughes I felt. The only bit of dialogue that rang false, and this is such a minor criticism, is Robert's "Downton is my third parent and my fourth child" which came across as somewhat cheesy. And the stories were well written and as believable as the characters, not to mention pretty original.

And of course the acting was excellent. Maggie Smith was perfect as Violet. She plays this sort of character well, and she had such good timing and dialogue. Plus I love her in costume. Hugh Bonneville was dashing, and I cannot get over how beautiful Michelle Dockery was here. Jessica Brown-Findlay was also fine as another of my favourite characters Lady Sybil, and Phyllis Logan was always good value though I would love to see more of her if and when the series returns.

In conclusion, Downton Abbey was a wonderful series thanks to the great cast and production values especially and I cannot wait to see more. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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