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Before they say farewell, ‘Downton Abbey’ cast dishes on their characters

"Downton Abbey," the highly watched award-winning PBS drama, begins its sixth and final season Sunday. Before they say farewell, some of the cast members discuss the evolution of their characters over the years.

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  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    The British period drama "Downton Abbey" begins its sixth and final season tonight on PBS.

    The most highly watched drama ever shown on the network, it's been nominated for outstanding drama series in the prime-time Emmy Awards each of the past four seasons.

    The "NewsHour" recently caught up with some of the cast.

  • HUGH BONNEVILLE, Actor:

    I'm Hugh Bonneville. I play Robert Crawley in "Downton Abbey." I'm a Scorpio.

  • PHYLLIS LOGAN, Actress:

    Hi there. I'm Phyllis Logan. And I play Mrs. Hughes in "Downton Abbey."

  • ALLEN LEECH, Actor:

    Hi. My name is Allen Leech. And I play Tom Branson.

  • KEVIN DOYLE, Actor:

    Hello. I'm Kevin Doyle. I play Joseph Molesley.

  • PHYLLIS LOGAN:

    The single word that describes my character, that's a tricky one, actually.

  • ALLEN LEECH:

    Honesty.

  • KEVIN DOYLE:

    Fragile.

  • HUGH BONNEVILLE:

    Daddy.

  • PHYLLIS LOGAN:

    I think it would probably have to be sincere.

  • ALLEN LEECH:

    Tom has grown massively as a character. He's gone from being a very strong socialist, with very strong and hard views against the aristocracy, to a person who has been able to break down those barriers and see them as people, rather than just a stereotype.

  • HUGH BONNEVILLE:

    The character of Robert Crawley has grown by about three inches around the waste.

  • KEVIN DOYLE:

    He's developed from being, I would say, comic relief, a figure of fun, to a more rounded, recognizable human being.

  • PHYLLIS LOGAN:

    Well, she has certainly grown, in as much as she seems to have attracted the eye of Mr. Carson, the butler. So, she certainly developed a romantic life throughout the seasons. So, that is nice for her.

  • HUGH BONNEVILLE:

    The character of Robert Crawley has grown incrementally at the pace of a glacier over six seasons to become a more tolerant and more compassionate human being.

  • PHYLLIS LOGAN:

    I think she has — she's a very fair person and has a warm heart and — but she can — she is her own woman. Let's say that. She definitely doesn't take any mmm-mmm from other people. She is her own woman.

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