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Learn more about some of Season 5's most buzzworthy characters.

Gladys Denker

Gladys Denker

GLADYS DENKER

Tough, bawdy, and full of moxie--Violet’s new lady's maid means business! An instant enemy of the butler Spratt, Denker must muscle her way through his trickery if she’s to stay in the household. Can the two find a way to reconcile? Or will her contributions to the troublemaking put her out on the street?

played by SUE JOHNSTON

Actress Sue Johnston is a beloved English actress, nominated for a BAFTA award. In 2009 she was named an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, a distinguished royal honor. In 2015, she is slated to star in the dramatic feature film 500 Miles North.

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"Well who gives a tinker's cuss about the maids?"

 

Mr. Spratt

Mr. Spratt

MR. SPRATT

The sulky Mr. Spratt has been both infuriating and entertaining the Dowager Countess, as his petty rivalry with her lady’s maid escalates. Though he’s pulled some impressive tricks from his sleeve, nothing seems to bother the cunning Miss Denker. Will Spratt let his temper get the best of him, or will he find a way to rid the household of Denker once and for all?

played by JEREMY SWIFT

Actor Jeremy Swift first made his foray into film with Julian Fellowes’ Gosford Park. He has since had a recurring role on Foyle's War, as Glenvil Harris. He currently appears alongside Mila Kunis in the sci-fi thriller Jupiter Ascending.

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"Dissension, m'Lady? Perish the thought."

 

Lady Rose MacClare

Lady Rose MacClare

LADY ROSE MACCLARE

There's never a dull moment at Downton with Rose around! Her latest suitor is bound to rock the boat, but with an optimistic outlook and a newfound sense of community responsibility, this English rose is ready to bloom.

played by LILY JAMES

Actress Lily got her big break in the English series Secret Diary of a Call Girl in 2011. She will appear in the 2015, live-action version of Cinderella directed by Kenneth Branagh. In the future she will work alongside James Norton and Paul Dano in War and Peace, and star as Lizzie Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

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"I'm only going to marry if I am totally, absolutely in love."

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STYLE ICON QUIZ

Are you a trendsetter like Rose, or a sophisticate like Mary? Find out!

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SEASON 5 STYLE SLIDESHOW

Get the insider scoop on the beautiful costumes of Season 5, including Lady Rose's!

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Atticus Aldridge

Atticus Aldridge

ATTICUS ALDRIDGE

This handsome new acquaintance of Lady Rose is an ambitious career man with a sweet disposition. The son of Jewish immigrants, his self-made family has learned preservation through caution. But with the sparkling, young Rose on his side, will he find safe haven in love?

played by MATT BARBER

Actor Matt made his acting debut opposite Michelle Dockery in Pygmalion in 2008. He has since starred in numerous film and television projects including Dracula (2013) and Plastic (2014).

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"Atticus Aldridge, at your service."

Q&A: The Amorous Atticus

Read our valentine-themed interview with actor Matt Barber!

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Love Is In The Air

Explore the many kinds of love at Downton in this slideshow.

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Tom Branson

Tom Branson

TOM BRANSON

Finding it difficult to reconcile his political ideals with his life upstairs, Tom wonders whether he truly belongs at Downton. Is it time for he and daughter Sybbie to seek new beginnings?

played by ALLEN LEECH

Irish actor Allen got his big break when he landed a role in the 2007 HBO drama "Rome." He has since starred alongside great actors such as John Cusack, Elijah Wood, and recently--Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game."

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"I'm not sure where I live. I feel sometimes I'm hanging in mid-air."

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Anna Bates

Anna Bates

ANNA BATES

After a stress-ridden year of shameful secrets and white lies, Anna is bewildered when Scotland Yard’s suspicion falls on her. Now fighting to prove her innocence in the murder of Mr. Green, poor Anna struggles to both tell the truth, and protect those she loves.

played by JOANNE FROGGATT

Actress Joanne Froggatt has been a star of English stage and screen since childhood. For her work on Downton Abbey, she has been twice nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award, and in 2015 won a Golden Globe Award. In 2015, she is slated to star in and co-produce the drama feature film Starfish.

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"Do you ever wonder what it would be like to go to a place where no one knows us, and just start again?"

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MASTERPIECE & THE 2015 GOLDEN GLOBES

See stars from productions past and present, including winner Joanne Froggatt!

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LIVE CHAT WITH JOANNE FROGGATT

The Anna Bates actress explores her character through fan questions.

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