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    These Are The Best And Worst "Downton Abbey" Characters, Ranked

    Some characters were great from the start, some took time to grow into their greatness, and some were...not great.

    With Downton Abbey: A New Era in theaters, it seemed a good time to revisit the cast of the original show and reflect on their characters.

    DOWNTON ABBEY, from left: Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville

    Ranking them wasn't easy, as many of the characters were deeply complex and had redeeming character arcs, but we hope you find some you'll agree with!

    DOWNTON ABBEY, Siobhan Finneran (3rd from right, head turned), Brendan Coyle (2nd from right), Phyllis Logan (right), 2010-2015

    17. O'Brien

    DOWNTON ABBEY, l-r: Siobhan Finneran, Matt Milne

    16. Mr. Carson

    DOWNTON ABBEY, Jim Carter, (Season 3, aired January 6, 2013), 2010

    15. Robert

    DOWNTON ABBEY, (from left): Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, 'Episode 2.5'

    14. Mary

    DOWNTON ABBEY, (from left): Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, 'Episode 2.1', (Season 2, aired Sept. 18, 2011), 2010

    13. Mrs. Patmore

    DOWNTON ABBEY, rear center: Lesley Nicol, (Season 3), 2010

    12. Tom Branson

    DOWNTON ABBEY, Allen Leech, 2019

    11. Daisy

    DOWNTON ABBEY, Sophie McShera, (Season 4), 2010

    10. Edith

    DOWNTON ABBEY, l-r: Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, (Season 3), 2010

    9. Thomas Barrow

    DOWNTON ABBEY, Rob James-Collier, (Season 4), 2010

    8. Cora

    DOWNTON ABBEY, Elizabeth McGovern, 2010-2015

    7. Mr. Bates

    DOWNTON ABBEY, (from left): Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt, 'Episode 2.1'

    6. Matthew

    DOWNTON ABBEY, (from left): Michelle Dockery, Dan Stevens, 2010-2015

    5. Mr. Molesley

    DOWNTON ABBEY, Kevin Doyle, 2019.

    4. Isobel

    DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA, (aka DOWNTON ABBEY 2), from left: Penelope Wilton, Maggie Smith, 2022

    3. Anna

    DOWNTON ABBEY, l-r: Matt Milne, Joanne Froggatt, Rob James-Collier, 2010

    2. Hughes

    DOWNTON ABBEY, l-r: Phyllis Logan, Lesley Nicol

    1. Violet

    DOWNTON ABBEY, Maggie Smith, 2010-2015

    Was your favorite fairly ranked? Let us know in the comments!