Well it’s over – until Christmas at least – a bit of an anticlimax if you ask me!…not that it really bothers me – when there’s a bit of a ‘let down’ it’s easier to move on ..I’ll find SOMETHING to fill my hour on a Sunday night I’m sure!……but have you ever wondered who the members of the Crawley family and the household staff of Downton Abbey are with in real life??..well have a little look here…
MICHELLE DOCKERY: .at the end she married Henry Talbot (though we all know Matthew should never have died)..in real life – she is engaged to John Dineen.
DAN STEVENS: Played Matthew Crawley who died in a car crash. In reality he is alive and well and married to Susie Hariet
MATTHEW GOODE: Plays Lady Mary’s new husband but in real life has his own gorgeous wife Sophie Dymoke
HUGH BONNEVILLE: Married to Lady Cora – his real life wife of 17 years is Lulu Williams..
ELIZABETH MC GOVERN: Plays Lady Cora but actually married to Simon Curtis for 23 years.
LAURA CARMICHEAL: Plays Lady Edith and we’re all hoping Bertie returns for the Christmas special to sweep Edith and Marigold off their feet…in real life we think Laura is currently single – if she had a beau – she is keeping him under wraps…
MAGGIE SMITH : Plays Cousin Violet. Had a colourful past but the past was left in the past. In real life Maggie was married to playwright Beverly Cross who passed away in 1998..
JANE FROGGATT: Plays Lady’s Maid Anna Smith and is married to footman Mr Bates. In real life Jane is married the past 3 years to James Cannon
BRENDAN COYLE: Who plays Mr Bates, is allegedly a much sought after bachelor
JIM CARTER: Plays Butler Mr Carson and recently married to the House Keeper Mrs Hughes, in real life Jim has been married since 1983 to actress Imelda Staunton
PHYLLIS LOGAN: who plays Mrs Hughes is in fact married to fellow actor Kevin McNally since 2011
ALLEN LEECH: Plays Lord Grantham’s son in law and Lady Sybil’s widower. In reality Allen is with girlfriend Charlie Webster ( well they were last year!..I hope they are still together – she is gorgeous!!!!)
JESSICA BROWN- FINDLAY: Played Lady Sybil Crawley who died after giving birth, Jessica is apparently currently single – foot loose and fancy free!!
SOPHIE MC SHERA: Plays kitchen maid Daisy Mason and widow of William Mason..in real life Sophie seems to be happily single..
PENELOPE WILTON: Plays Isobel Crawley and widow and part of a ‘will they won’t they storyline with Lord Merton – I have high hopes for the Christmas Day Special!)..in real life she is currently single..
LILY JAMES: Plays Cousin Rose and married to Atticus..we didn’t see them in the final series but she is an important part of the Crawley family nonetheless. In real life Lily is reportedly still dating Dr. Who – Matt Smith
SAMANTHA BOND: Plays Lord Crawley’s spinster sister Lady Rosamund – single in the series
but is happily married the last 26 years to actor Alexander Hanson
DAVID ROBB: Plays Dr Clarkson who has always had a ‘thing’ for Isobel Crawley…In reality David was married for 35 years to fellow Scottish actress Briony McRoberts who died tragically 2 years ago.
…So, there you have it – a bit of idle reading on who’s dating who etc…but it wouldn’t be Downton Abbey without a bit of gossip!!
For a fantastic Downton Abbey timeline check this out .…and I don’t care whether you’re too busy dozing after your Christmas dinner and cake – do not miss the Christmas Special on Christmas Day …dah..