As some of you may already know, I’m an ardent fan of Downton Abbey. These past couple of weeks I prepared myself for Season 4 by re-watching (numerous times!) Seasons 1-3. And now I am currently watching Season 4 (without knowing about any spoilers this time!) Since my mind is full of Downton Abbey and its characters, I thought it would be fun to create some Top Ten lists (you know me, any excuse to make a list!)
So here is the first one. It is a list of my favorite Downton Abbey characters from Seasons 1-3. (This list was made before viewing any Season 4 episodes.)
With the abundance of characters (major and minor) that come and go throughout these three seasons, it was not easy to narrow my favorites down to only ten!
Warning…I’m definitely on #TeamServants!
10. Mrs. Hughes
Efficient in her position, always honorable, extremely helpful towards Ethel (who doesn’t deserve it!), “and make no mistake” such a kind-hearted soul.
9. Mr. Molesley
I know he has is…er… awkward moments and is sometimes ridiculous, but I can’t help liking poor Mr. Molesley! He tries real hard, has such a gentle, soft-spoken manner, and never gets the praise he deserves!
8. Mr. Bates
Honest and dutiful to a fault, Mr. Bates is, of course, one of my favorites. I didn’t care for his threatening/violent ways in jail, but I do love how he sticks up for other servants in the house like Daisy and William.
7. Lady Mary
I know, I know! Mary is quite horrid B.P. (before Pamuk), but I think that experience changes her into a much kinder and more likable person. Especially in Season 2 and 3 with her support of Anna and Bates, and her concern for William and Lavinia.
6. Anna Smith
Could you ask for a better or truer friend? She’ll keep your secrets, defend you to your enemies, and go to great lengths to seek justice for you. She’s a kind person that puts anyone at ease.
5. Lady Sybil
Oh, lovely Sybil! :'( Friend to the servants, supporter of gloomy causes – selfless, brave, an independent thinker. There is so much to love about Sybil!
4. Mrs. Patmore
I find Mrs. Patmore endearing. She is feisty yet vulnerable, a force-to-be-reckoned-with yet tender-hearted. While she may sometimes be too harsh with Daisy, I think deep-down she cares for her very much. And after Lady Grantham, I think she has the greatest lines.
3. The Dowager Countess
No surprise here! Love her wit! But what I love more is how she cares as strongly for the servants of Downton Abbey as she does her family. How she tries to prevent William and Molesley from going to war, always asks after everyone’s welfare and family, and browbeats the vicar into marrying William and Daisy. Go Lady Grantham!
2. Carson, the Butler
He’s like a big lovable teddy bear you just want to hug! I love how loyal he is to the Crawley’s – claiming them as the only family he’s got. He has a lovely friendship with Mrs. Hughes, a high respect for Mr. Bates, and sweet concern for Mrs. Patmore. And let us not forget his special relationship with Lady Mary. 🙂
1. Mr. Mason
Now this might be a bit unexpected…but I find Mr. Mason to be the sweetest and most adorable man! We don’t see him very often, but every time we do he steals my heart and brings tears to my eyes. I just want him to have all the happiness in the world and for Daisy to take care of him and be his daughter! What a dear man!
And there we are! I hope you liked the first installment of Downton Top Ten! Check back in a few weeks to see some more. 😉
What do you think of my top 10 favorite characters?
What are your top 10 favorite characters from Downton Abbey Seasons 1-3?
*If you can, please be careful to not share any spoilers of Season 4 in your comments. Thank you!
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