Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham; Samantha Bond as Lady Rosamund Painswick; Jim Carter as Charles Carson; Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham; Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham; Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley; Rose Leslie as Gwen Dawson; Theo James as Kemal Pamuk; Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley; Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley; Charlie Cox as Philip, The Duke of Crowborough; Brendan Coyle as John Bates; Nicky Henson as Charles Grigg; Allen Leech as Tom Branson; David Robb as Dr Richard Clarkson
The Crawleys have been the Earls of Grantham since 1772. In the drawing rooms and library and beautiful bedrooms, with their tall windows looking across the park, lives the family, but below stairs are other residents, the servants, as fiercely possessive of their ranks as anyone above. Some of them are loyal to the family and are committed to Downton as a way of life, others are moving through, on the look out for new opportunities or love or just adventure. The difference being that they know so many of the secrets of the family, while the family knows so few of theirs...