Series Costume Design by

Caroline McCall (18 episodes, 2012-2013)
Anna Robbins (18 episodes, 2014-2015)
Susannah Buxton (10 episodes, 2010-2011)
Rosalind Ebbutt (6 episodes, 2011)


Series Costume and Wardrobe Department

Sean Barrett milliner (36 episodes, 2011-2014)
Jason Gill wardrobe master / costume assistant / crowd costume supervisor (17 episodes, 2010-2012)
Poli Kyriacou assistant costume designer / assistant to the costume designer (17 episodes, 2012-2013)
Dulcie Scott costume supervisor (16 episodes, 2010-2012)
Jessica Phillips costume trainee / set costumer (13 episodes, 2012-2013)
Sara Fay principal cutter (13 episodes, 2014-2015)
Penny McDonald costume assistant: daily / costume assistant (11 episodes, 2014-2015)
Heather Leat costume supervisor (9 episodes, 2013)
Rebecca Tredget costume trainee (9 episodes, 2013)
Georgina Brown costume trainee (9 episodes, 2014)
Eloise Park crowd costume supervisor (9 episodes, 2014)
Hannah Spearing costume trainee (9 episodes, 2014)
Kathryn Tart assistant costume designer (9 episodes, 2014)
Michael Weldon costume supervisor (9 episodes, 2014)
Aisha Kascioglu wardrobe mistress (9 episodes, 2015)
Kathryn Blight costume stand-by (8 episodes, 2011)
Wyn Vaughan-Humphreys costume stand-by (8 episodes, 2011)
Amanda Hambleton costume maker (8 episodes, 2012)
Caroline McCall assistant costume designer (7 episodes, 2010)
Joanne Mosley costume design assistant (7 episodes, 2011)
Imogen Hose costume maker (7 episodes, 2012)
Sally Crees costume assistant (6 episodes, 2010)
Alison Beard costume supervisor (6 episodes, 2011)
Peggy Jones costume maker (6 episodes, 2014)
Sarah Touaibi crowd costume supervisor (5 episodes, 2011)
Emma Bevan costume stand-by (5 episodes, 2012)
Helen Beasley costume maker (4 episodes, 2014)
Lizzie Craig costume maker (3 episodes, 2012)
April Nash daily costume assistant / costume assistant: dailies (3 episodes, 2014)
Vicky Salway costume assistant / costume supervisor (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
Jane Law wedding dress for lady edith / wedding dress for lady mary (2 episodes, 2012)
Paul Minter daily costume assistant (2 episodes, 2014)
Olivia Hulme costume trainee (2 episodes, 2014)
Sam Keyte costume maker (1 episode, 2011)
Sarah Turner costume stand-by (1 episode, 2011)
Emma Stokes costume maker (1 episode, 2014)

Michelle Dockery

michelle-dockery-downton-abbey_59686279-2197x1463-2197x1463Mary Josephine Crawley (née Crawley), the eldest daughter of Lord and Lady Grantham, is twenty-one in April 1912, when the series begins.

Early on, she is portrayed as a petulant and cold young woman; as the series progresses, however, she shows more vulnerability and compassion. One of her most constant traits is her unfailing devotion to Downton as her home and, eventually, the estate which she will preside over.

Elizabeth McGovern

mast-da3-characters-hub-cora-hiresCora Crawley (née Levinson), called The Countess of Grantham or Lady Grantham, was born in 1868 to Isidore Levinson, a Jewish millionaire dry goods merchant, and his wife Martha Levinson.

Cora married Robert in 1888 at the age of 20 and is mother of Mary, Edith and Sybil. She was pressured into the marriage by her father, who wanted nothing more for his daughter than for her to marry a member of the English aristocracy (as did many Americans at the time). The marriage settlement (contract) folded her dowry into the Grantham estates, to be controlled by the head of the family, the Earl of Grantham. When she did not have a son, this meant that the bulk of her money would not pass to her daughters, but to the cousin who was the heir. The heir, Robert’s cousin James, had a son, Patrick. Patrick and Lady Mary were persuaded by their parents to become engaged, so that their son would be the eventual heir, keeping the money and the title in the immediate family.


Joanne Froggatt

A CARNIVAL FILMS PRODUCTION FOR ITV1. DOWNTON ABBEY. EPISODE 5 ITVÕs new costume drama series, Downton Abbey, written and created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes and made by Carnival Films for ITV will star Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham and Elizabeth McGovern as RobertÕs wife, Cora, Countess of Grantham.   They will lead an all-star cast, which also includes: Penelope Wilton, Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Phyllis Logan, Lesley Nicol, Siobhan Finneran, Rob James Collier, Joanne Froggatt and Rose Leslie.  Set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, Downton Abbey will portray the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them.     PICTURED: JOANNE FROGGATT as Anna. This photograph is (C) ITV Plc/CARNIVAL FILMS and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or ITV plc. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk.  This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Plc Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website Photographer: NICK BRIGGS. For further information please contact:

Anna May Bates (née Smith) is lady’s maid to Lady Mary at Downton Abbey.

Previously she was first parlour maid. She is 26 at the beginning of the series. She is very trustworthy, polite, and loyal to the Crawley family and her « downstairs » co-workers. Anna was the only one who openly welcomes Mr Bates to the household, despite everyone else’s initial prejudice against him due to his limp. After a long and somewhat secretive courtship she married valet John Bates in the end of the second series in a private ceremony at a registrar’s office. Lady Mary prepares a room for Anna and her husband in the main house so they can spend their wedding night together. Shortly after their wedding night, Bates is arrested for murdering his previous wife, although Anna and the rest of the residents at Downton are convinced that he is innocent. When Bates is deemed guilty and is sentenced to be hanged, Anna breaks down and briefly prepares to leave Downton Abbey with Lady Mary, whom she is very close to, offering to accompany her mistress on an extended holiday to America, much to Mary’s delight. When the Crawleys manage to reduce Bates’ sentence to life imprisonment, she decides to stay at Downton, although she vows that she will not rest until Bates is free. Anna is promoted from head housemaid to Lady’s Maid to Mary during Bates’ incarceration. Her efforts to prove her husband’s innocence become a success when a neighbour of Vera’s inadvertently tells Anna details of their last meeting which prove that Vera committed suicide in order to have her husband convicted and hanged for the crime. Bates is freed, and the reunited married couple move into a cottage on the grounds shortly thereafter.

Phyllis Logan

phyllis-logan_114138Elsie Hughes is the housekeeper at Downton Abbey.

Though unmarried, she is referred to as Mrs Hughes according to traditional titles for servants during the time period. She is originally from Argyll, Scotland, where her father was a farmer. She has one sibling, a sister who lives in Lytham St Annes. Before she came to Downton as head housemaid, she was courted by a farmer, Joe Burns. But she refused him. Outwardly prim and somewhat strict in her manner as housekeeper, Mrs Hughes is essentially kindly and generous. She is best friends with Mrs Patmore. Although she is usually supportive of Mr Carson when it comes to matters of discipline, she is seldom afraid of speaking her mind when he makes decisions.She also speaks frankly about her employers when she and Mr Carson are alone.

Hugh Bonneville

mast-da3-characters-hub-robert-hiresLord Grantham, Robert Crawley, or The Earl of Grantham (fictional), was born in 1866 at Downton Abbey.

His parents are the late Earl of Grantham and The Dowager Countess of Grantham, Violet Crawley. He has a sister named Rosamund. Despite the family’s financial situation, Robert’s education was privileged and he was tutored from ages 7 to 13, before attending Eton and then Christ Church, Oxford, where he studied philosophy. To ensure the survival of the estate, Robert’s father knew that Robert needed to marry a wealthy heiress who would bring a large dowry to the estate. Robert married Cora Levinson, only daughter of Isidore and Martha Levinson. Isidore was an American millionaire, and when Cora married Robert, Robert’s father insisted that she sign an entailment which legally combined the estate with Cora’s fortune. Robert was forced into the marriage by his father and Cora by hers. Robert’s father wanted Robert to marry a rich girl; Isidore wanted Cora to marry into the English aristocracy. After about a year of marriage, however, Robert truly fell in love with Cora and they eventually had three daughters: Mary, Edith, and Sybil

Jim Carter

mast-da3-characters-hub-carson-hiresCharles ‘Charlie’ Carson is the butler at Downton Abbey.

Mr Carson is in charge of the pantry, wine cellar, and dining room, as well as the male staff, who report to him. He has worked at Downton since he was a young man. He tends towards nostalgia and fears change (such as the installation of telephones in the house and electricity in the kitchen). He has a fatherly disposition over the servants. He also has a special place in his heart for Lady Mary, given she was the first child born at Downton during his tenure as butler. He is one of the few people who is prepared to speak frankly to her.

Brendan Coyle


John Bates, who is mainly known as Mr Bates or just Bates, is Lord Grantham’s valet.

He previously served in the Army alongside the earl as his batman during the Boer Wars and suffered an injury to his right leg. He arrives at Downton in the first episode to replace Lord Grantham’s previous valet. When the staff see that he uses a cane, they are at best surprised and at worst angry feeling that they will have to pick up the slack for him, due to his disability slowing him down in the large house. Most of the staff give him the cold shoulder, while Thomas and O’Brien try to get rid of him to further their own ends. Only the housemaid Anna offers him any sympathy and friendship. Bates nearly begs to stay, pointing out that he is unlikely to find another position (because of his disability), but Lord Grantham is unmoved. However, when he sees the departing Bates leaving, Lord Grantham is overcome with feelings of guilt.

Bates and Anna fall in love, but he explains he has yet to divorce his estranged wife, Vera. Finally, Bates and Anna get married. He does not say much about his family or childhood, though he does mention his late mother was Irish and he has a Scottish grandmother.

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