Who is the best Downton Abbey character of all time?

The Dowager Countess? Lady Sybil? Anna? Bates? It's time to cast your vote...

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With just days until Downton Abbey returns to our telly screens for a fifth series, we’ve been thinking (and trying to fill those long days by pondering)… who is the best Downton Abbey character of all time?

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There have been a lot of faces popping up at the Abbey over the last four seasons, from scullery maids and butlers to American aristocracy and upper class media moguls. But who was your favourite? 

Maybe you’re still struggling to get past the death of Matthew Crawley? Or pining for Lady Sybil and her forward-thinking, trouser-wearing ways? 

Perhaps you see a lot of yourself in the quick-witted Dowager Countess, love Lady Mary’s icy put downs or can’t get enough of Thomas’ scheming below stairs?

Sure, we love them all really, but there can only be one winner and it’s time to make your choice… 

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Downton Abbey returns to ITV on Sunday at 9:00pm