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Downton Abbey 

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A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century.

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Julian Fellowes
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Hugh Bonneville ...  Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Laura Carmichael ...  Lady Edith Crawley 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Jim Carter ...  Charles Carson 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Brendan Coyle ...  John Bates 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Michelle Dockery ...  Lady Mary Crawley 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Joanne Froggatt ...  Anna Bates / ... 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Robert James-Collier ...  Thomas Barrow 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Phyllis Logan ...  Mrs. Hughes 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Elizabeth McGovern ...  Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Sophie McShera ...  Daisy Mason / ... 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Lesley Nicol ...  Mrs. Patmore 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Maggie Smith ...  Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Penelope Wilton ...  Isobel Crawley 52 episodes, 2010-2015
Kevin Doyle ...  Joseph Molesley 46 episodes, 2010-2015
Allen Leech ...  Tom Branson 45 episodes, 2010-2015
David Robb ...  Dr. Clarkson 34 episodes, 2010-2015
Siobhan Finneran ...  Sarah O'Brien 25 episodes, 2010-2012
Dan Stevens ...  Matthew Crawley 25 episodes, 2010-2012
Raquel Cassidy ...  Baxter 23 episodes, 2013-2015
Lily James ...  Lady Rose MacClare 21 episodes, 2012-2015
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Storyline

Lord Grantham sees his family heritage, especially the grand country home Downton Abbey, as his mission in life. The death of his heir aboard the Titanic means distant cousin Matthew Crawley, a Manchester lawyer, suddenly is next in line and accepts moving onto the vast estate with his even more modernist, socially engaged mother, who clashes with his lordship's domineering, conservative mother, the dowager countess. Marrying off the daughters is another concern. Meanwhile, the butler presides over a staff which serves the family, but also lead most of their entire lives in the servants' quarters, intriguing amongst themselves. Written by KGF Vissers

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War changes everything

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

| (5 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Clare Calbraith (Jane Moorsum) and Paul Copley (Mr. Mason) also worked together on Vera: On Harbour Street (2014) as Rebecca Shepherd and Malcolm Kenrich respectively. See more »

Goofs

For the most part, none of the aristocratic characters in the series speak with the proper received pronunciation that would be accurate of the aristocracy of the time. See more »

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Just a fantastic show..
5 September 2019 | by brett-76260See all my reviews

First off i am definitely not the demographics this show was trying to capture. I am a United States Marine and I really don't think the writers had a guy like me in mind. All I can say is I'm so glad I took the time to watch this show. I absolutely loved it and have now watched the series twice. Its not action packed or anything like that. It is all about the writing and the characters. Just brilliant from start to finish and is a show the entire family can watch together. Maggie Smith if you ever read these comments just know you played my favorite character out of any series I've ever watched. You made this show absolutely perfect! If you are debating on whether or not to give this show a try take it from me, you wont want the show to ever end...


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