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Violet Crawley

In Downton Abbey, Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith) is the Dowager Countess of Grantham and the mother of Robert Crawley. Though she was born in aristocracy, her family was impoverished and she became a tough, no-nonsense woman. Her character is known for her dry wit and spitfire attitude.

Lady Sybil Crawley

On Downton Abbey, Lady Sybil Crawley (Jessica Brown Findlay) was the youngest daughter of Robert and Cora Crawley, Earl and Countess of Grantham. She is sweet, caring, and liked by everyone, as well as being exceptionally beautiful. Despite her wealthy upbringing, Lady Sybil was politically ambitious and compassionate, always treating those below her station with kindness and respect. Her wardrobe reflected her free-spirited and idealistic nature, as well as her mild rebellion.

Daisy Mason

Daisy Mason (Sophie McShera) is the assistant cook at Downton Abbey. Daisy is a sweet, romantic girl, though shes simple minded from her humble beginnings and short education. She can also be petulant at times. Her clothing is very soft and almost childish, which reflects her stunted emotional growth.

Hildegarde Schmidt

In Murder on the Orient Express, Hildegarde Schmidt (Olivia Coleman) is the loyal maid to Princess Dragomiroff, and the former cook for the Armstrong household. Her travels on the Orient Express are business, so her wardrobe is plain and she wears few accessories.

Elsie May Hughes

Elsie May Hughes (Phyllis Logan) is the head housekeeper at Downton Abbey who manages the entire servant branch. She is stern and ethical, never compromising her integrity or taking sides.

Lexie Littleton

In the film “Leatherheads,” Lexie Littleton (Renee Zellweger) is the spitfire reporter and love interest of the two main characters, who’s tasked with discovering if the “too good to be true” college football star is all he’s cracked up to be. Her wardrobe is befitting to a professional woman in the 1920’s.

Isobel Crawley

On Downton Abbey, Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton) is an in-law of the Crawley family through her late husband, Dr. Reginald Crawley. As a daughter, sister, and wife of doctors, Isobel is well-educated and trained to be a nurse. She is low maintenance and values intelligence, education, charity, and family.

Anna Bates

On Downton Abbey, Anna Bates was the head housemaid of at Downton Abbey who became the lady’s maid to Lady Mary Crawley. She is also the wife of John Bates, who fought in the South African Wars with Robert Crawley. Anna is a loyal servant to the Crawley family, but she suffered considerable misfortune in her life.

Mary Debenham

Mary Debenham (Daisy Ridley) is an Englishwoman aboard the Orient Express. She was a governess in the Armstrong household, as well as Colonel Armstrong’s lover, so she is one of Hercule Poirot’s main suspects. Like her calm and collected demeanor, her clothing is modest and without flash.

Gwen Dawson

Gwen Dawson (Rose Leslie) is a maid at Downton Abbey. Though she comes from humble beginnings, she is determined to fulfill her dream of being a secretary. With Lady Sybil’s help, she eventually gets a secretary job at a telephone company. She is kind, sensitive, and reserved, though she made the bold move of crossing class boundaries to befriend Lady Sybil.