The cast of Downton Abbey reveal how they’d like the series to end

From new careers and new loves to a holiday in the south of France, Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Phyllis Logan, Rob James-Collier and Lesley Nicol have their say on how the hit ITV period drama should come to a close


Downton Abbey is coming to an end later this year – and after the initial shock and drying of tears, talk has naturally turned to how the story should be tied up. 


Who better to have their say than the actors who’ve played our beloved Crawleys since the show’s inception in 2011? 

Hugh Bonneville, who plays lord of the manor Robert Crawley, is keen for Lord and Lady Grantham to shirk the responsibilities of the estate and head off to the Riviera in an open top car “to have fun”.

“Stuff the estate, stuff the children, stuff all the problems!” he laughs, speaking to Masterpiece PBS.

Whatever happens to Edith in season six, actress Laura Carmichael is keen for her to keep writing and being a modern woman – “Her and Marigold taking on the world!”

Below stairs, Rob James-Collier is hoping Thomas will find love (even if it has to be kept “on the down low”) while Lesley Nichol, who plays Mrs Patmore, is just keeping her fingers crossed that the Abbey’s cook will have some good companions if she ever leaves the Crawleys’ employment. 

Phyllis Logan, who plays Mrs Hughes, has bigger plans for the Abbey’s housekeeper. “I don’t know if she would take kindly to just going into gentle retirement,” says Logan, suggesting she starts her own cottage industry. 

The actors share their fantasy series endings below:


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