Shirley MacLaine plays Lady Mary’s troublesome American grandmother Martha Levinson
Hugh Bonneville returns as Robert, Earl of Grantham
Siobhan Finneran is lady’s maid Sarah O’Brien…
She manages to get a footman’s position in the household for her nephew Alfred Nugent (Matt Milne)
Former chauffeur Tom Branson (Allen Leech) returns with his new wife, the pregnant Lady Sybil Crawley. Can the staunch republican ever fit into the family?
Joanne Froggatt returns as head housemaid Anna Bates, dedicated to the release of her husband…
John Bates (Brendan Coyle). The former valet languishes in prison for the murder of his first wife Vera.
Lady Edith Crawley is played by Laura Carmichael, who still holds a candle for…
Sir Anthony Strallen (Robert Bathurst)
Rob James-Collier is devious valet Thomas Barrow
Sophie McShera is assistant cook Daisy Robinson
Jim Carter is butler Carson
Penelope Wilton is Lady Isobel Crawley, often at odds with Countess of Grantham Cora (Elizabeth McGovern)
Phyllis Logan is housekeeper Mrs Hughes
At the heart of the drama is the far-from-easy relationship between Matthew Crawley and Lady Mary… The will they/won’t they question has driven much of the drama in Downton Abbey. But WILL they this series? Watch on ITV1 from Sunday, September 16