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Network: ITV (United Kingdom)
Premiered: 26.September.2010
Status: Ended

The Downton Abbey estate stands a splendid example of confidence and mettle, its family enduring for generations and its staff a well-oiled machine of propriety. But change is afoot at Downton — change far surpassing the new electric lights and telephone. A crisis of inheritance threatens to displace the resident Crawley family, in spite of the best efforts of the noble and compassionate Earl, Robert Crawley ; his American heiress wife, Cora his comically implacable, opinionated mother, Violet and his beautiful, eldest daughter, Mary, intent on charting her own course. Reluctantly, the family is forced to welcome its heir apparent, the self-made and proudly modern Matthew Crawley himself none too happy about the new arrangements. As Matthew's bristly relationship with Mary begins to crackle with electricity, hope for the future of Downton's dynasty takes shape. But when petty jealousies and ambitions grow among the family and the staff, scheming and secrets — both delicious and dangerous — threaten to derail the scramble to preserve Downton Abbey. Created and written by Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey offers a spot-on portrait of a vanishing way of life.

CAST:
Lady Mary Crawley - Michelle Dockery
Lady Edith Crawley - Laura Carmichael
Daisy Robinson - Sophie McShera
Beryl Patmore - Lesley Nicol
Isobel Crawley - Penelope Wilton
Charles Carson - Jim Carter
Elsie Hughes - Phyllis Logan
Thomas Barrow - Rob James Collier
John Bates - Brendan Coyle
Tom Branson - Allen Leech
Joseph Molesley - Kevin Doyle
Dr. Richard Clarkson - David Robb
Matthew Crawley - Dan Stevens
Sarah O'Brien - Siobhan Finneran
Anna Smith - Joanne Froggatt
Lady Sybil Crawley - Jessica Brown Findlay
Jimmy Kent - Edward Speleers
Lady Rose MacClare - Lily James
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham - Maggie Smith
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham - Elizabeth McGovern
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham - Hugh Bonneville
Alfred Nugent - Matt Milne
Ethel Parks - Amy Nuttall
Anthony Gillingham - Tom Cullen
Ivy Stuart - Cara Theobold
William Mason - Thomas Howes
Charles Blake - Julian Ovenden
Phyllis Baxter - Raquel Cassidy
Gwen Dawson - Rose Leslie
Henry Talbot - Matthew Goode