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The Best Downton Abbey Actors

Updated March 25, 2021 1.7k votes 153 voters 2.8k views21 items

List RulesVote up the actors with the best performances on Downton Abbey. Only main and supporting cast members - no guest stars.

You may believe that the Downton Abbey cast should be swimming in awards, but this hasn't always been the case. While some of the Downton Abbey actors have indeed won a slew of awards, including Gold Globes and Emmys (looking at you, Maggie Smith), not everyone has received their due recognition.

Which of your favorite Downton Abbey characters were played by the most talented actors? On this list of the best actors on Downton Abbey, you will find not only the actors, but also the awards they have received. This includes acknowledgment from the Emmys, the Golden Globes, and the SAG Awards. However, feel free to vote up the actors you feel did the best job, whether they've been recognize with an award or not.   

Vote up your favorite Downton Abbey actors or actresses on the list of cast members, and then check back to see if the ones you love topped the list! Once you've made your voice heard, check out these other TV shows like Downton Abbey.

 

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  • Photo: Downton Abbey / Masterpiece Theatre

    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
    127
    2
    Royally talented?

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  • Photo: Downton Abbey / Masterpiece Theatre

    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)

    • Characters: Lady Mary Crawley
    • Age: 38
    • Birthplace: Romford, London, United Kingdom
    100
    9
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    Screen Actors Guild Awards
    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2013- Win, 2014, 2015- Win, 2016- Win, 2017)

    • Characters: Mrs. Patmore
    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Manchester, United Kingdom
    90
    7
    Royally talented?
  • Photo: Downton Abbey / Masterpiece Theatre

    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
    93
    10
    Royally talented?