maria doyle kennedy

Vera Bates

Vera Bates (Maria Doyle Kennedy) is the estranged wife of John Bates. She found herself a service position in the MacClare household, where the Robert Crawley’s cousin, the Marchioness of Flintshire, lives. She finds herself involved with the Crawley family through that connection. She is cunning and unscrupulous, using her knowledge and position to try to blackmail or control others.