Mrs Hughes is the best Downton Abbey character of all time

The Crawley's housekeeper has beaten the quick-witted Dowager Countess, Lady Mary and Tom Branson to the top spot

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It’s official. Mrs Hughes is everyone’s favourite Downton Abbey character. 

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The Crawley’s kindly housekeeper has topped a poll to find the best Downton Abbey character of all time, beating off competition from the quick-witted Dowager Countess, Lady Mary and Mr Bates to reach the top spot. 

Mrs Hughes – the kingpin of the Abbey who knows everyone’s secrets and solves everyone’s problems – went up against a whole host of Downton favourites from past and present, including Matthew Crawley, Lady Sybil, O’Brien and Kemal Pamuk and won an impressive 35% of the vote. 

Lady Mary came in second with 18%, followed by Tom Branson, Thomas Barrow, Mr Bates and the Dowager Countess, who took sixth place. Hughes’ ally below-stairs Mr Carson came in eighth with 2.3% of the vote. 

Speaking to RadioTimes.com Phyllis Logan said: “There’s no accounting for taste! But seriously, I’m absolutely delighted. Thanks to everyone who voted for me – and Julian must take some of the credit for creating the character in the first place.”

The poll, which took place on RadioTimes.com, attracted over 23,000 votes. 

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