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You might think that the silly spoiled daughter of British aristocrats, a wide-eyed girl with a dad called Shrimpie, would have absolutely nothing in common with a scullery maid who has a penchant for transparent footwear.

But you would be oh, so wrong. Actually, Lady Rose MacClare, the seemingly permanent houseguest at Downton Abbey (at least until she marries The Hon. Ephraim Atticus Aldridge), shares many qualities with Cinderella. In fact, we believe that it is more than mere coincidence that _Downton’_s Rose and the heroine of **Kenneth Branagh’**s new version of the classic fairy tale are played by the same actress, the winsome Lily James.

To wit:

Both women have challenging stepfathers.
Cinderella’s prince’s dad (that would be the king) is sure to be no picnic basket, especially when the heir to the throne brings home a woman who earns her keep keeping house; Rose’s stepdad, the plainly awful philanderer Lord Sinderby, is majorly unthrilled that his son plans to marry, as he so eloquently puts it just before the wedding, “a shiksa.”

Evil matriarchs loom over both Cindy and Rosie!
The former’s stepmom locks her in the house while virtually every other female from eight to 80 is at the ball, while the latter’s mum, the sour-as-a-pickle Susan, is so wicked she sends a floozy up to the prospective groom’s hotel room in an attempt to derail the wedding.

Both Rose and Cinderella just love to dance.
Rose is as luminous as a Halloween pumpkin at the mere mention of a gramophone. If Cinderella had only glanced at the clock instead of her own twirling feet, she might have avoided going home in a rodent-driven vegetable.

And how strange is life!
Sophie McShera, who plays _Downton’_s Daisy, the autodidactic junior cook, has been cast as one of Cinderella’s stepsisters. Good thing Rose has a pearly smile for everyone, regardless of his or her circumstances; otherwise Daisy might exact even more mopping and scrubbing, now that the tables have turned.

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Lily James will not reprise her role as Lady Rose MacClare in upcoming Downton Abbey film

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Jul 17, 2018 10:45:40 IST

Actor Lily James has confirmed she would not be reprising her role as Lady Rose MacClare in the forthcoming Downton Abbey film.

It was confirmed last week that the popular series was being made into a film and producers have said that the entire original cast will be taking part in the big screen adaptation.

Lily James as Lady Rose MacClare in the British drama, Downton Abbey. Twitter

”My character Rose moved off to New York, so it would be far fetched to bring her back. I would have loved to have come back for a scene, but for a movie, it can’t be like a Christmas special and it needs to be a focused story-line. There was simply no space for Rose,” James told People magazine.

The actress had appeared on the 2016 Christmas special which was also the series finale of the award-winning drama for a short duration.

The 29-year-old actor, who was part of the series from 2010 until 2015 , said she had ”months” to get her head around the fact she would not be joining her castmates and is ”so excited” to see her friends Laura Carmichael and Michelle Dockery reprise their roles.

”I spoke to Laura not long ago and was texting Michelle about Love Island and it’s going to be really exciting. And the whole gang is coming back.”

Downton Abbey movie will be a Carnival Films production, with Focus Features and Universal Pictures International distributing.

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Updated Date: Jul 17, 2018 10:45:40 IST

To the delight of Downton Abbey fans everywhere, the much beloved period drama is heading to the big screen.

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But at least one beloved character won’t be in the movie. Lily James, who played Lady Rose in the latter seasons of the series, shared with People that she will not appear in the film.

“My character Rose moved off to New York, so it would be farfetched to bring her back,” she said.

Despite James’s burgeoning career, she said it wasn’t a scheduling issue. “I would have loved to have come back for a scene, but for a movie, it can’t be like a Christmas special and it needs to be a focused storyline,” she said. “There was no space for Rose.”

But that doesn’t mean she isn’t excited to see the Crawley family’s story continue on-screen. “I’m so excited for it—I’m going to be front row,” she said.

Focus Features and Carnival Films has confirmed that “the original principal cast from the acclaimed television series have assembled to return for the feature which will begin production later this summer.”

And rest assured, that means most if not all of your favorite characters will be returning, including Maggie Smith, who previously had her doubts about continuing the Crawley family’s story.

In October of 2017, Maggie Smith said pretty definitively that she wouldn’t appear in any Downton Abbey spin-offs. “I can’t,” she told Graham Norton. “What age would I be?

And in an interview with the British Film Institute, she suggested the movie could begin with Lady Grantham’s funeral.

But it seems she changed her mind. In the end, Smith reportedly missed the other actors, and got on board with the production.

“I suspect in a lot of ways, Maggie missed working with the other actors,” executive producer Gareth Neame said, revealing that Smith was the final actor to sign on to the project. “When she was completely sure everyone was going to do it and it was happening, then she was on board.”

According to producer Gareth Neame, Samantha Bond’s Lady Rosamund is also missing from the story as the team wanted the movie to “really focused on who were actually the characters at Downton.”

“I phoned Samantha saying: ‘I think there just isn’t something in the script for you, but maybe another time,'” he told Good Housekeeping. “We loved all those recurring characters – all of Violet Grantham’s servants, we love those characters as well. But we had to be really focused on the core characters… film would have been four hours long,” he said.

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Here’s why Lily James left the Downton Abbey TV series and why she won’t be in the Downton Abbey movie. From the end of Downton Abbey season 3 through season 5, James starred as Lady Rose MacClare, the cousin of Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) and the great-niece of Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith), the Dowager Countess. Cousin Rose essentially replaced Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown-Findlay), the youngest daughter of Lord Grantham, who was killed off in Downton Abbey season 3.

The effervescent Lady Rose brought a new kind of rebellion to Downton Abbey, especially for its early 1920s time period. Rather self-centered at first, Rose’s worldview greatly expanded and she came to care a great deal more for others. In turn, her new progressive views, especially in regards to her romantic relationships, sparked scandal at Downton Abbey. Rose was romantically involved with under-gardener Samuel Thawley and dated an African-American musician and singer named Jack Ross. When she was finally married, Lady Rose’s choice for her husband was Atticus Aldridge, a Jewish banker whose family hailed from Russia. After Rose and Atticus married in 1924, they moved to New York City and Rose gave birth to a daughter named Victoria Rachel Cora Aldridge. Finally, Rose and Atticus appeared in the Downtown Abbey series finale, set during Christmas 1925.

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After both Dan Stevens, who played Matthew Crawley, and Jessica Brown-Findlay’s main characters were killed off from Downton Abbey, fans were surprised and disappointed when Lily James didn’t return for the final season, which aired in 2015. But this was because, in real life, James’ star was quickly rising as she had been cast in the title role of Disney’s Cinderella. Though James continued to work in prestige television, like starring as Natasha Rostova in BBC’s War & Peace, her movie career skyrocketed. In the last few years, James starred in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Baby Driver, Darkest Hour, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on Netflix, and Yesterday. James is so in demand that Downton Abbey’s creator Julian Fellowes has called her “our greatest success story.”

Unfortunately, Fellowes cites James’ busy career as the main reason why she won’t appear as Lady Rose in the Downton Abbey movie. As Fellows jokingly told EW, “She can’t be in it she’s in every other film in the world at the moment.” Although James’ high profile would seem like all the more reason why she should be part of the Downton Abbey film, Fellowes further explained that besides working around James’ busy schedule to join the Downton Abbey movie, there were other creative reasons to omit Lady Rose from the film: “Lily is now a big star, and it would’ve been incredibly difficult for her to find time in her schedule to come and play essentially a supporting role in Downton when her career was in a different place when she was with us.”

There’s truth to Fellowes’ statement. Among Downton Abbey’s female ensemble, Lady Rose would essentially be a supporting character, ranking behind Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern), Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery), Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael), Cousin Isobel (Penelope Wilton), and the Dowager Countess, not to mention the downstairs staff of Downtown like Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan), Anna (Joanne Froggatt), Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol), and Daisy (Sophie McShera). Furthermore, the Downton Abbey film’s plot will have King George V (Simon Jones) and Queen Mary (Geraldine James) visiting Downton. With so many characters in the movie, James would likely have been able to only make a cameo appearance as Lady Rose, one that wouldn’t have much impact on the movie’s story, especially since Rose’s storyline in Downton Abbey has been resolved.

Still, for her part, James has gone on the record that she “would have loved” to have been a part of the Downton Abbey movie and reunite with the cast and series that launched her to stardom. Indeed, Lady Rose’s presence will be missed by Downton’s fans, but if the film does well at the global box office, it’s quite possible Lily James could return as Lady Rose for Downton Abbey 2.

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Downton Abbey creators explain Lily James’ absence from the film

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Before she was Cinderella, a “Dancing Queen,” or a Baby Driver’s love interest, Lily James was Downton Abbey‘s Cousin Rose — a mischievous young woman sent to live with her relatives when her parents felt her proclivities for jazz music and male attention made her too much of a libertine for them to handle.

With the forthcoming fall 2019 release of a long-awaited Downton Abbey film, many were eager to see James join her fellow cast members and were disappointed to learn she would not be making an appearance. Executive producer Gareth Neame and creator Julian Fellowes explain that leaving Rose out of the film was a practical decision for many reasons.

“She can’t be ; she’s in every other film at the world at the moment,” jokes Neame of her absence. Indeed, the prospect of scheduling was certainly a roadblock.

“Lily is now a big star, and it would’ve been incredibly difficult for her to find time in her schedule to come and play essentially a supporting role in Downton when her career was in a different place when she was with us,” adds Fellowes. “In the end, we all felt it was better to leave her in America.”

Lest fans think it was purely a scheduling issue (James previously told PEOPLE she would have “loved to come back for a scene”), Fellowes and Neame say it was also partly about keeping the story line focused on those still a part of the action. “Technically, she was only a recurring character in the final season. She came in and made some visits in a couple of episodes, but her story ended at the end of the fifth season when she went off to America,” Neame says of Lady Rose.

“We knew we had to focus on the very core characters because there are not very many movies with 20 leading characters, and the dynamic of the TV series was that all these characters were treated equally,” Neame adds. “That’s one thing when you’ve got 10 or 11 hours of TV drama; another thing when it’s a two-hour movie. We had to be quite disciplined about focusing on the really central characters.”

Still, everyone on Team Downton still has nothing but love for James and wish they could have found a way to include her. “She’s our greatest success story from the cast of the show,” Fellowes proclaims.

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The Downton Abbey movie may feel like a complete Crawley family reunion, but one key member is missing in action for the big-screen soiree — and fans have taken notice.

Specifically, they’re wondering what happened to Robert’s trouble-making cousin Rose Aldridge (played by Lily James), last seen celebrating Christmas at Downton in the 2015 series finale. The character made quite a splash when she joined the hit show in 2012, and even when she moved out of the abbey with her new husband, she was never far from our minds.

“Lily wanted to make a cameo, but was like, ‘There’s not enough room,’” Allen Leech (aka Tom Branson) explained during an appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live earlier this week. “It would be a bit weird if she and was like, ‘Hi, I hear the royals are here!’”

To be fair, fans probably shouldn’t be too surprised by Rose’s absence. After all, James confirmed her character’s status when the film was first greenlit in 2018, telling People, “My character Rose moved to New York, so it would be farfetched to bring her back. … I would have loved to have come back for a scene, but for a movie it can’t be like a Christmas special. It needs to be a focused storyline. There was no space for Rose.”

“Maybe if there’s another one,” Leech added. “We could visit her in New York!”

Did you miss Rose in the Downton Abbey movie, or were you perfectly satisfied with the Crawley family members you were given? Drop a comment with your thoughts on the movie below.

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Lady Rosamund Painswick (née Crawley), b. between 1860 and 1874) is the widow of a very wealthy banker, the late Marmaduke Painswick and the daughter of the previous Earl of Grantham and Violet Crawley; her closest ally within the family is her only sibling Robert. She is the sister-in-law of Cora, aunt of Lady Mary, Lady Edith and the late Lady Sybil, aunt-in-law of the late Matthew Crawley, Tom Branson, Henry Talbot, and Herbert Pelham and great-aunt of Sybbie Branson, George Crawley, Marigold, and Caroline Talbot.

She lives in London by herself on 35 Belgrave Square. She likes to meddle in family affairs and has a very close bond to Robert and Downton Abbey.



Rosamund is first mentioned when she writes a letter to Matthew Crawley, welcoming him into the family. She writes to her family often from her home in Belgrave Square, London. Robert receives a letter from her telling him that people have been gossiping about her niece, Lady Mary. Cora laughs and says that Rosamund was probably asking for “a leg of lamb and all the vegetables we can muster.” Robert responds, saying she misses the taste of her old home. Cora speculates on the possibility of there being a male heir with a stronger claim to the title of Earl of Grantham. This plants uncertainty into Mary’s mind, which makes Matthew lose interest in her, much to the chagrin of Violet, Robert, and Cora. She is present at the garden party where Robert receives the telegram declaring England is at war with Germany.


Rosamund appears again in 1917, when Sir Richard Carlisle visits Downton Abbey. She comes with him on the journey, and states that “he never took his nose out of his own newspapers, but I’m sure I’ll like him.” She witnesses an argument between Sir Richard and Lavinia Swire, Matthew’s new fiance. Violet convinces her that Mary is still in love with Matthew, and mother and daughter conspire to split Matthew and Lavinia.

Lavinia has tea with the two women, who do their best to intimidate her. She notices this, and confides in Mary about a time when Sir Richard blackmailed her into starting the Marconi scandal. Mary has the opportunity to destroy Lavinia with this information, but chooses not to, which annoys Rosamund.

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Rosamund stays at Downton in the winter of 1919 for Christmas and the New Year. She brings with her a new lady’s maid, Marigold Shore and Lord Hepworth, a gentleman interested in marrying her, primarily for her fortune, as he is in debt and has had to sell several of the family estates. Regardless of what her mother (who is well acquainted with the family, having been “pursued” by Lord Hepworth’s father in the late 1860s) thinks of the ‘unsuitable marriage’ she insists she is “tired of being alone” and seriously considers marrying Lord Hepworth, the process being helped along by Shore, who is eager to see her mistress marry Hepworth. Violet asks Robert if it is alright for Rosamund to marry a fortune hunter. He says yes, but firmly agrees with his mother that the money should be tied up (so Hepworth cannot touch it).

Anna notices the closeness of Shore and Lord Hepworth on several occasions, which leads her to discover their affair, on the night of the servants’ ball. Anna informs Mary, who in turn leads her Aunt Rosamund to the site of the affair, where Rosamund learns Shore was only interested in her marrying Hepworth so she and her lover could be near. Shore and Hepworth are told to leave the house first thing in the morning, with Shore stating “Don’t worry, we will.”

Rosamund is shaken and angered by the discovery, remarking “I so hate it when Mama is proved right”, referring to her Mother’s warnings that Lord Hepworth was an unsuitable spouse.


Lady Edith Crawley, Matthew Crawley, and Lady Rose MacClare go to London together for various reasons, and stay in Rosamund’s house in Belgrave Square. Rosamund invites them all to dinner that night, but Rose is late, so they start without her. Then her butler, Mead, brings in the driver who took Rose out. He informs them she and a friend spent two hours together out of his sight in Warwick Square, to which Rosamund remarks “how very expensive.”

Rosamund, Edith, and Matthew find Rose with Terence Margadale in the Blue Dragon. Rosamund immediately asks him how his wife is. The following morning, Rosamund scolds Rose for her behavior, reminding her of her stature. Rosamund feels guilty not telling Rose’s mother, but Matthew promises to personally inform her if Rose steps out of line again. Rosamund agrees to this. She is later present at the cricket match talking to Edith, and is outraged when she discovers that Violet tricked her into revealing Rose’s affair with Margadale.


Rosamund accompanies her niece Mary, along with Tom, Rose, John Bullock and Lord Gillingham to the Lotus Jazz Club. She dances with Tom and talks about his excellent relationship with the family. To her horror, after Bullock abandons Rose on the dance floor Jack Ross starts dancing with her.

Later, while Edith is in London, she returns to Rosamund’s house unusually late, (or rather early, as it is morning), and is spotted by one of Rosamund’s maids. Rosamund immediately confronts her. Rosamund points out Edith is trusting Michael Gregson with her name and reputation. When Edith insists she does trust him because he wants to marry her, Rosamund compares it to how she trusted Anthony Strallan, upsetting her. Rosamund warns her that while many things are changing, some things will not. Though Edith does not regret her night with Michael, Rosamund says she might find herself feeling sorry later.

Edith visits Rosamund again, and Rosamund asks Edith what is troubling her. Edith confesses everything to her, including her consideration of getting an abortion, as she has learned that she is pregnant by Gregson. Rosamund kindly tells Edith she refuses to be shocked, and will support her every step of the way, and even accompanies her to the clinic in spite of her advice against being against Edith’s decision (she remarks that it is not only illegal but extremely dangerous, and does not know what to say to the rest of the family should it go terribly wrong). But in the end, Edith chooses not to go through with it. Rosamund later promises to Edith that if she wants support when she reveals the truth to her family, she will be there for her.

After Rosamund offers to come to Downton to support Edith when she reveals the truth to her mother (which ultimately does not happen), Edith reveals an idea to give the child to local farmer Tim Drewe. Rosamund insists this is too risky, citing possibilities such as Drewe opening his mouth, Edith being seen too much at the farm, or if the child greatly resembles her. Rosamund instead suggests they go to the continent with the excuse of learning French, but to find a couple to give the child to, a plan that upsets Edith because she wants to be a part of her child’s life and upbringing. Unfortunately for them, Violet soon learns the truth, but agrees to support Edith as well. Rosamund also notes on Mary’s numerous suitors, wondering when they will all propose.

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Rosamund, like Violet, is eager for Edith to move on after giving up her child in Geneva. But when Edith decides to go back, reclaim her child, and go through with her original plan, Rosamund protests. When Edith shares more ominous news regarding Michael’s time in Germany, she expresses grief for Edith and a wish that Michael had kept to himself rather than speak against the “brown shirts” he quarreled with. Though she does show sympathy for Edith and worry for Michael’s disappearance, she insists to Edith that there will be other loves and other children, but this does not help Edith feel better.

At the Grantham House ball, Edith tells her mother and Rosamund that not only is she going home early, but that she is going back to the continent. Rosamund tries to disuade her again by asking if someone else could go for her, but Edith replies no. Though appearing to disagree with Edith’s decision, Rosamund does smile as Edith walks away from Rosamund and Cora, though stops smiling when she realises Cora is looking at her.

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Mary visits Rosamund in London, where she invites Mary to a dress show. While there, Rosamund inquires about Edith to Mary. When Mary mentions Edith’s fondness for Marigold, the adopted daughter of the Drewes, Rosamund realizes that Edith has brought her child back from Switzerland. She accidentally slips the child’s being a girl without Mary telling her, but Mary does not question her further upon seeing Charles Blake.

Rosamund pays a visit to Downton for a week, to support Edith and see how she is doing. Privately, she and Edith talk about Marigold, and Edith tells her that the Drewes don’t want her around the girl anymore. Rosamund then asks Edith if she can meet Marigold. The next day, Edith takes Rosamund to Yew Tree Farm, where she meets Marigold. However, Mrs Drewe is enraged at this, and Rosamund can plainly see that Mrs Drewe has had enough of Edith’s visits. She, along with Violet, suggests moving Marigold to a secret boarding school in France, as it would be the best solution for all of Edith’s problems with the Drewes, with Rosamund insisting it is for the best. Edith is not too fond of the idea. Later that night, after failing to convince her grandmother there must be a way for Marigold to stay in her life, Edith starts making calls to arrange a plan of her own. She soon reveals the truth to Mrs Drewe, reclaims Marigold, and runs away to London, with the intention of never coming back.

As soon as the news of Edith’s departure is known, Rosamund returns to Downton to help. Violet picks her up at the train station and now feels they have to tell Cora. Rosamund questions if that would be betraying Edith’s trust, but Violet feels that if something happens to Edith, and Cora learns they knew the truth all along, she would never forgive them. However, Mrs Drewe tells Cora before they can, and Cora later confronts them before dinner. Cora is furious with Violet and Rosamund for keeping this secret, although Rosamund states that it wasn’t their right to tell her, as Edith did not want them to tell Cora about her third grandchild. Cora is further furious when Rosamund admits that they thought “it would be better and safer if the girl were sent abroad”. Rosamund insists when Cora tells Violet she will never trust her again that she doesn’t mean it, but Violet says it is the most honest thing Cora’s ever said to her. Rosamund accompanies Cora to London where they find Edith at work. Cora manages to convince her to return to Downton with Marigold as her adopted daughter, on the idea that the Drewes can no longer afford to raise her. Rosamund objects to this plan as being “completely ludicrous” and an “insanity”. Nevertheless, Cora and Edith put this plan into action.


Rosamund and Edith visit Edith’s London apartment that she inherited from Michael Gregson. Rosamund questions Edith on her future and whether she will oversee The Sketch, Edith’s magazine business, full time. Edith shares her worries of Mr Skinner to Rosamund.

Rosamund later invites Mr and Mrs Harding, who is the former housemaid Gwen to Downton and everyone is surprised about Gwen’s past at Downton Abbey, and nostalgic when she spoke fondly about the late Lady Sybil.

Rosamund invites everyone to stay with her while they were watching the racing at Brooklands. However, when one of the competitors died, everyone starts wallowing in sadness, especially Mary. Rosamund gets into a conflict with her brother Robert. This leads to her marching upstairs.

When Bertie Pelham becomes the new Marquess of Hexham, with the intent of marrying Edith, Rosamund and Cora worry because Edith has yet to tell him of her past involving Marigold and she keeps on hiding it. Rosamund advises Edith to tell Bertie the truth before its too late, or otherwise she will definitely regret it. Sadly, Mary finds out the truth about Marigold and forces Edith to admit it in front of Bertie, leading him to leave Edith. Rosamund was very annoyed with Mary and was about to confront her, until news broke out about Barrow’s near suicide. She later attends Mary’s wedding to Henry Talbot.

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When Mary plans for Edith to once again meet Bertie following their separation, she plans with Rosamund for the two to unknowingly come into contact. She goes along with the plan and escorts Edith to her table where Bertie is waiting. She then promises to Edith that she will telephone in the morning.

Later, when Edith marries Bertie, Rosamund goes to Downton to attend the wedding. Rosamund speaks with her mother and asks what she thinks makes the British who they are.

Following the service, when Rosamund congratulates Edith happily and speaks with her a little, Edith looks very joyous to know Rosamund is happy with her marriage. Rosamund later speaks with Violet again in the background, and when Rose’s father reads a letter from Martha Levinson she stands in the front row of the crowd lifting her glass in ceremony.

As Edith leaves for her honeymoon, Rosamund compliments her and is visually overjoyed that Edith has finally found happiness. When the new year comes, Rosmaund is one of the only guests left in Downton, and happily toasts to 1926.


Cora CrawleyEdit

Rosamund and Cora are really quite close and share a very friendly bond. The two always talk together sweetly whenever Rosamund visits Downton, however their relationship is tested when Cora learns that Rosamund kept Edith’s pregnancy secret and also that she helped Edith to go to Switzerland and leave the child there; then also that Rosamund helped Edith with he plan to leave the child with the Drew family who were tenants for Downton. Cora is enraged at Rosamund and she tells her that she feels messed around and betrayed. Cora does however forgive Rosamund quicker than Violet when she understands that Rosamund only wanted to help Edith whom they both love dearly. Cora and Rosamund soon reconcile and become close once more.

Edith Pelham

Rosamund and Edith have always been extremely close, when Edith goes to spend the night with Michael Gregson Rosamund tells Edith that she must be careful and also upon Edith learning that she is pregnant with Gregson’s daughter she tells Rosamund first. When Edith hen decides that she wants to get an abortion Rosamund objects but does then decide to go with her as a comfort, when Edith hen decides to keep the child Rosamund comforts her niece and also helps her to get through the whole situation. She later goes to Downton where she tells Edith her plan that they could both go to Europe where then they could adopt the baby out to a childless couple, Edith then questions whether Rosamund will truly want to send almost a year of her life sitting around waiting for Edith to have the baby. Yet Rosamund then answers that she’s already decided. This whole situation brings Rosamund and Edith so much close than ever before. As Edith then tries to move on from Michael and Rosamund helps her through her various failed love matches, an eventually when it comes to Edith meeting bertie pelham Rosamund uses Edith to tl him the truth of Marigold. Specifically when Bertie learns that he is to become a Marquess. Rosamund always remains Edith’s closest ally in the family.

Violet CrawleyEdit

Rosamund and Violet are actually very close having grown very friendly due to the ways of the world and how they have affected the two people. Although, the two can often be prone to arguments over things such as Rosamund’s late husband as it is obvious Violet didn’t agree with the marriage. Violet also often defends Rosamund should anyone speak poorly of her, for example when Cora is dismayed to learn that in fact Rosamund is coming to visit whilst the house is being used as a hospital during 1915. At Edith’s wedding the two of them talk and also when Cora is outraged at Rosamund and Violet for keeping Edith’s secret pregnancy from her, Cora scolds Violet by saying “How do you think I could ever trust you again?” yet Rosamund comforts her saying that Cora doesn’t mean it .


“Curiouser and curiouser, said Alice”

Rosamund says to Lord Hepsworth on Season 2 Ep 9, referring to “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, released in 1865.

“You know me, I have to speak my mind!”Edit

Rosamund speaks with Cora

“Drop it Robert”Edit

Rosamund during 1925 to Robert

“Have you told him about Marigold?”Edit

Rosamund speaks with Edith during 1925

“There’s nothing like an English Summer!”Edit

Rosamund teasing with Lady Mary

“What is your future?”Edit

Rosamund comforts Edith in 1925

“I won’t hear a word against Cora!”Edit

Rosamund argues with Robert in 1925


  • Though Richard Carlisle refers to Rosamund as “Lady Painswick” this is incorrect. As Marmaduke was not titled, merely a gentlemen, she did not become “Lady Painswick” – which she would have become if Marmaduke were titled – and, as she herself says in Episode 2.02, she is known as “Lady Rosamund”.
  • Rosamund is identified at as being younger than Robert. However, this has not been officially confirmed.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • In the press pack that was released by ITV before series one aired, Rosamund was mentioned as having two children, Cyril and Lavinia, with Lavinia having a husband – a landed colonel in the Grenadiers and Cyril does something slightly nefarious in the Far East. However, they have never appeared in the series, and have never been mentioned anywhere else. Edith mentions in the 2013 Christmas Special that Rosamund has never been a mother, so she may not have had any children. Rosamund confirms it in 6×03 responding that “well, I’ll never have any ” in response to Violet’s remark.
  • Actress Samantha Bond has confirmed that she is not leaving the Series and will continue to appear as Rosamund in future Series; she is not appearing in Series 3 due to her return to the West End Stage in Joe Orton’s play What The Butler Saw. She also states that the door is open for Rosamund’s return.


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  1. Characters: Downton Abbey The Crawley Family at tvtropes


  1. In Episode 5.03, Mary says “Thank Heavens Papa and Aunt Rosamund were already born” in response to Violet having met a Prince in 1874. This means Rosamund was already alive in 1874 and was presumably born after her parents married in 1860.
  2. Cora laughs and says that Rosamund was probably asking for “a leg of lamb and all the vegetables we can muster.” Robert responds, saying she misses the taste of her old home.
  3. Downton Abbey Press Pack – Series One
  4. Downton Abbey star Samantha Bond insists she isn’t quitting at Metro

Meet the cast of the Downton Abbey movie

We’re less than a week away from the release of the Downton Abbey movie and getting reacquainted with the goings-on at the estate in preparation for a visit from King George V.


After four years away from screens, your memory may be feeling a little fuzzy as you try and navigate a who’s who of the upstairs-downstairs world of Downton.

But don’t panic, let head cook Mrs Patmore talk you through the cast of Downton Abbey.

Cora Crawley – Countess of Grantham (Elizabeth McGovenn)

The lady of the house, Cora is thought to be the backbone of the Estate.

Robert Crawley – Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville)

The head of the household, who is currently preparing to hand the Estate over to his daughter.

Lady Mary Talbot (Michelle Dockery)

Lady Mary will be the recipient of the Downton estate, and has been groomed by her feisty grandmother on how to rule over her land.

Edith Pelham – Marchioness of Hexham (Laura Carmichael)

The second-in-line to the Downton estate, Edith has always been in Mary’s shadow – and now wants control over her own life.

Violet Crawley – The Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith)

The matriarch of the family, best known for her barbed quips.


Tom Branson (Allen Leech)

The estate manager and car dealer for Downton.

Mrs Hughes (Phyllis Logan)

The fearsome housekeeper who keeps the estate orderly.

Mr Carson (Jim Carter)

Having retired as head butler, Mr Carson is now happily married to Mrs Hughes.

Thomas Barrow (Rob James-Collier)

Once a rebellious footman, Thomas has now proved himself trustworthy enough to be head butler.

John Bates (Brendan Coyle)

The valet for the Earl of Grantham.

Anna Bates (Joanne Froggatt)

Married to John, Anna is a Lady’s maid and Mary’s confidante and friend.

Mrs Patmore (Lesley Nicol)

The temperamental cook that stirs the pot will star alongside her helping hand Daisy Mason (Sophie McShera).

Other returning cast members include Matthew Goode, who plays Lady Mary’s husband Henry Talbot and Penelope Wilton, who plays Isobel Grey. Michael Fox, Harry Hadden-Paton and Kevin Doyle will also return as Andrew Parker, Bertie Pelham and Joseph Molesley respectively.

The new film will also play host to a wealth of new faces including Imelda Staunton as Lady Bagshaw and Tuppence Middleton as her maid Lucy.

Simon Jones and Geraldine James will play King George V and Queen Mary respectively, while Kate Phillips will play Mary, Princess Royal.


Downton Abbey is released in cinemas in the UK on 13th September