The Best Downton Abbey Actors

List Rules
Vote 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.

 


  • Maggie Smith
    Photo: Downton Abbey / Masterpiece Theatre
    1
    255 VOTES

    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: 88
    • Birthplace: Ilford, Essex, England, UK
  • Jim Carter
    Photo: Downton Abbey / Masterpiece Theatre / Public domain
    2
    210 VOTES

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

    • Characters: Charles Carson
    • Age: 74
    • Birthplace: England, Harrogate
  • Phyllis Logan
    Photo: Downton Abbey / Masterpiece Theatre
    3
    188 VOTES
    • Characters: Mrs. Hughes
    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Paisley, Scotland
  • Rob James-Collier
    Photo: Downton Abbey / Masterpiece Theatre
    4
    207 VOTES

    Rob James-Collier

    • Characters: Thomas Barrow
    • Age: 46
    • Birthplace: Stockport, England
  • Joanne Froggatt
    Photo: Downton Abbey / Masterpiece Theatre
    5
    207 VOTES

    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)

    • Characters: Anna Bates
    • Age: 42
    • Birthplace: Littlebeck, North Yorkshire
  • Lesley Nicol
    Photo: Downton Abbey / Masterpiece Theatre
    6
    197 VOTES
    • Characters: Mrs. Patmore
    • Age: 70
    • Birthplace: Manchester, England