John Bates, Lord Grantham's Valet
"I don't care about fairness, I care about you. The point is, I can get rid of her." –Mr. Bates
As Lord Grantham's batman in the Boer War, ex-soldier John Bates survived a devastating war wound that left him lame. As Robert's valet at Downton, he survived a vicious campaign to drive him away helmed by lady's maid O'Brien and footman Thomas. But he faces the hardest fight of his life when his bitter wife, Vera, reappears on the scene determined to deprive him of his true love, the housemaid, Anna. Can he triumph with his characteristic honor and restraint?