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The Best Downton Abbey Actors

Updated May 8, 2020 1.3k votes 123 voters 2.4k views21 items

List RulesOnly main and supporting cast members - no guest stars. Vote based on their performances on Downton Abbey.

While you might assume that the Downton Abbey cast would be swimming in awards, surprisingly this hasn't always been the case. While some of the Downton Abbey actors have indeed won a slew of awards including Oscar nominations and most have received shared SAG Awards for Best Ensemble cast, not all of them have racked in many more. Some of the actors playing your favorite Downton Abbey characters have gotten random festival awards but not a lot else, despite being incredible actors. That's why you'll have a chance to vote on the best actors on Downton Abbey regardless of how many awards they may or may not have received. 

Just vote for your favorite Downton Abbey actor or actress on the list of cast members below in order to help discover the internet's picks for the best actors on the historical family drama series. Next, to each, you'll also find a list of the awards they've received so you can be appropriately appeased or outraged. Once you've made your voice heard, check out these other TV shows like Downton Abbey.

 

  • Maggie Smith
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    Golden Globes
    Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television (2012, 2013- Win)

    Primetime Emmy Awards
    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2012- Win, 2013, 2014, 2016- Win)
    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie​​​​​​​ (2011- Win)

    • Characters: Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
    • Age: 85
    • Birthplace: Ilford, London, United Kingdom
    97
    2
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  • Michelle Dockery
    Photo: Kevin Winter / Getty images

    Golden Globes
    Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama (2013) 

    Primetime Emmys
    Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (2012, 2013, 2014) 

    Screen Actors Guild Awards
    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2013- Win, 2014, 2015- Win, 2016- Win, 2017)

    • Characters: Lady Mary Crawley
    • Age: 38
    • Birthplace: Romford, London, United Kingdom
    81
    6
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  • Jim Carter
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY

    Primetime Emmy Awards
    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

    Online Film & Television Association
    Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2015, 2016)

    Screen Actors Guild Awards
    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2013- Win, 2014, 2015- Win, 2016- Win, 2017)

     

    • Characters: Charles Carson
    • Age: 72
    • Birthplace: England, Harrogate
    76
    7
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  • Golden Globes
    Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (2015- Win, 2016)

    Primetime Emmy Awards​​​​​​​
    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series​​​​​​​ (2012, 2014, 2015)

    Screen Actors Guild Awards
    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2013- Win, 2014, 2015- Win, 2016- Win, 2017)

    • Characters: Anna Bates
    • Age: 40
    • Birthplace: Littlebeck, North Yorkshire
    75
    8
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