We’re less than a week away from the release of the Downton Abbey movie and getting reacquainted with the goings-on at the estate in preparation for a visit from King George V.


After four years away from screens, your memory may be feeling a little fuzzy as you try and navigate a who’s who of the upstairs-downstairs world of Downton.

But don’t panic, let head cook Mrs Patmore talk you through the cast of Downton Abbey.

Cora Crawley – Countess of Grantham (Elizabeth McGovenn)

Cora Crawley, Downton (YouTube screenshot)

The lady of the house, Cora is thought to be the backbone of the Estate.

Robert Crawley – Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville)

Earl of Grantham (YouTube screenshot)

The head of the household, who is currently preparing to hand the Estate over to his daughter.

Lady Mary Talbot (Michelle Dockery)

Lady mary Downton (YOuTUbe Screenshot)

Lady Mary will be the recipient of the Downton estate, and has been groomed by her feisty grandmother on how to rule over her land.

Edith Pelham – Marchioness of Hexham (Laura Carmichael)

Edith Downton (YouTube screenshot)

The second-in-line to the Downton estate, Edith has always been in Mary’s shadow – and now wants control over her own life.

Violet Crawley – The Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith)

Countess of Grantham (YouTube screenshot)

The matriarch of the family, best known for her barbed quips.


Tom Branson (Allen Leech)

Tom Branson Downton (YouTUbe screenshot)

The estate manager and car dealer for Downton.

Mrs Hughes (Phyllis Logan)

Mrs Hughes Downton(YouTube)

The fearsome housekeeper who keeps the estate orderly.

Mr Carson (Jim Carter)

Mr Carson Downton (YouTube screenshot)

Having retired as head butler, Mr Carson is now happily married to Mrs Hughes.

Thomas Barrow (Rob James-Collier)

Thomas Barrow Downton (YouTUbe screenshot)

Once a rebellious footman, Thomas has now proved himself trustworthy enough to be head butler.

John Bates (Brendan Coyle)

Downton Abbey (YouTube Screenshot)

The valet for the Earl of Grantham.

Anna Bates (Joanne Froggatt)

Anna Bates, Downton Abbey (YOuTube screenshot)

Married to John, Anna is a Lady’s maid and Mary’s confidante and friend.

Mrs Patmore (Lesley Nicol)

Mrs Patmore Downton (YouTube screenshot)

The temperamental cook that stirs the pot will star alongside her helping hand Daisy Mason (Sophie McShera).

Other returning cast members include Matthew Goode, who plays Lady Mary's husband Henry Talbot and Penelope Wilton, who plays Isobel Grey. Michael Fox, Harry Hadden-Paton and Kevin Doyle will also return as Andrew Parker, Bertie Pelham and Joseph Molesley respectively.

The new film will also play host to a wealth of new faces including Imelda Staunton as Lady Bagshaw and Tuppence Middleton as her maid Lucy.

Simon Jones and Geraldine James will play King George V and Queen Mary respectively, while Kate Phillips will play Mary, Princess Royal.


Downton Abbey is released in cinemas in the UK on 13th September