Season 2 Character/Actor Guides

From the Countess to the kitchen maid, meet the new and returning characters of Downton Abbey and the actors who portray them.

Click on a character below for bios, exclusive video, slideshows, behind-the-scenes photos and more. Use the arrows at the right and left of the character images to reveal more characters. Or, revisit a simpler time and view the Season 1 Characters Tree.

  • Violet
  • Robert
  • Cora
  • Lady Mary Crawley
  • Lady Edith Crawley
  • Lady Sybil Crawley
  • Lady Rosamund Painswick
  • Matthew Crawley
  • Isobel Crawley
  • Lavinia Swire
  • Sir Richard Carlisle
  • Mr. Carson
  • John Bates
  • Vera Bates
  • Thomas Barrow
  • William Mason
  • Tom Branson
  • Molesley
  • Andrew Lang
  • Mrs. Hughes
  • Sarah O'Brien
  • Anna Smith
  • Ethel Park
  • Mrs. Patmore
  • Daisy
  • Doctor Clarkson

Characters: Likeability Scale

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