‘Downton Abbey’ Series 5 Cast List: Full 2014-2015 Line-up by Episode

Full Cast List for Season 5 of Downton Abbey, which Airs in the UK in the Autumn of 2014 and in the US on PBS from Early January 2015.

Now set in 1924, amid times of great change, series 5 of Downton Abbey begins airing in the UK at 9:00pm on Sunday 21 September, 2014, on ITV.

In addition to the period dramas regular lineup of actors, season 5 will also see guest appearances from a number of stars, including Richard E Grant, Rade Sherbedgia and Anna Chancellor.

The real Downton: Highclere Castle - Photograph from Highclere Castle (Wikimedia Commons)

The real life Downton Abbey: Highclere Castle – Photograph from Highclere Castle (Wikimedia Commons)

Downton Abbey Series 5, 2014 Full Cast List by Episode of First Appearance

Character – Actor/Actress

Episode 1

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham – Hugh Bonneville (Twenty Twelve, W1A, Lost in Austen, The Silence)

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham – Dame Maggie Smith (A Room with a View, Gosford Park, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Capturing Mary)

Lady Edith Crawley – Laura Carmichael (Madame Bovary, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)

Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham – Elizabeth McGovern (Three Moons Over Milford, The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire)

Lady Mary Crawley – Michelle Dockery (Non-Stop, Cranford)

Isobel Crawley – Penelope Wilton (Ever Decreasing Circles, North by Northamptonshire)

Lady Rose MacClare – Lily James (Just William, Secret Diary of a Call Girl)

Lady Shackleton – Harriet Walter (Law & Order: UK, The Assets)

Lord Merton – Douglas Reith (The Prince and the Pauper)

Lady Anstruther – Anna Chancellor (Mapp and Lucia, Pramface, Fleming, The Hour)

Mr Charles Carson – Jim Carter (Cranford)

Baxter – Raquel Cassidy (Lead Balloon, Moving Wallpaper, Land Girls, Party Animals)

John Bates – Brendan Coyle (Starlings, Lark Rise to Candleford, True Dare Kiss, Rockface)

Anna Bates – Joanne Froggatt (Robin Hood, Island at War, Coronation Street, Paradise Heights)

Anthony Gillingham – Tom Cullen (World Without End)

Molesley – Kevin Doyle (The Crimson Field, Scott & Bailey, Drop Dead Gorgeous, The Lakes)

Tom Branson – Allen Leech (Rome, Legend, Love Is the Drug)

Mrs Hughes – Phyllis Logan (Lovejoy)

Daisy Mason – Sophie McShera (Waterloo Road, The Job Lot)

Mrs Patmore – Lesley Nicol (The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe, Sarah & Duck)

Dr Clarkson – David Robb (Strathblair, First Among Equals)

Tim Drewe – Andrew Scarborough (Jamaica Inn, The Royal Today, Suburban Shootout, Hearts and Bones)

Mrs Drewe – Emma Lowndes (Cranford)

Mrs Wigan – Helen Sheals (Brookside)

Thomas Barrow – Robert James-Collier (Coronation Street, Love Life)

Jimmy – Ed Speleers (Echo Beach)

Spratt – Jeremy Swift (The Crimson Field, Foyle’s War, The Smoking Room)

Sarah Bunting – Daisy Lewis

Kitty Colthurst – Louise Calf

Headmaster – Patrick Brennan (The Black Donnellys)

Dinner Guest – James Joyce


Episode 2

Simon Bricker – Richard E Grant (Withnail & I, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Crimson Petal and the White, Dracula)

Charles Blake – Julian Ovenden (The Royal, The Assets, Cashmere Mafia, Related, The Forsyte Saga)

Mrs Elcot – Naomi Radcliffe (Born and Bred, The Visit, The Grand, Coronation Street)

Sergeant Willis – Howard Ward (M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team)

Chemist – Ben Bradshaw (The Office)

Chemist’s Assistant – Roberta Kerr (Coronation Street, Emmerdale)

Man in Chemist – Simon Lawson (Hollyoaks)

Wireless Technician – Oliver Ashworth

Hotel Receptionist – Keiran Flynn

Voice of King George V – Jon Glover (Spitting Image, Harry Enfield’s Television Programme)


Episode 3

Count Rostov – Christopher Rozycki (Sleepers, Casualty)

Prince Kuragin – Rade Sherbedgia (Red Widow, 24, Snatch, Eyes Wide Shut)

Hotel Maid – Augusta Woods


Episode 4

Lady Rosamund – Samantha Bond (Outnumbered, Distant Shores)

Mabel Lane Fox – Catherine Steadman (The Tudors, Breathless, Quirke, Trying Again)

Shrimpie Flintshire – Peter Egan (Home Again, Ever Decreasing Circles, Joint Account, A Perfect Spy, Paradise Postponed)

Porter – James Edgington


Episode 5

Insp Vyner – Louis Hilyer

Atticus Aldridge – Matt Barber (The Other Wife)

Taxi driver – Alex McNally


Episode 6

Lord Sinderby – James Faulkner (Da Vinci’s Demons)

Lady Sinderby – Penny Downie (New Street Law, All About George, The Cazalets)

Hairdresser – Jamie Bradley

Hotel Porter – Matthew Jure


Episode 7

Mr Mason – Paul Copley (Last Tango in Halifax, White Heat, The Lakes, Code of a Killer)

Larry Grey – Charlie Anson

Tim Grey – Ed Cooper Clarke

Waitress – Holly Augustine

Receptionist – Devon Black


Episode 8

Miss Denker – Sue Johnston (Coronation Street, The Royle Family, Waking the Dead, Clatterford, Being Eileen)

Susan Flintshire – Phoebe Nicholls (Brideshead Revisited, Fortitude)

Lady Manville – Sarah Crowden (Our Mutual Friend, Vanity Fair)

Andy – Michael Fox

Mr Evans – Dean Ashton

Basil Shute – Darren Machin

Prostitute – Sophie Cosson (Call the Midwife)

Waiter – James Phelips

For viewers in the US, Downton Abbey season 5 is scheduled to premiere on Masterpiece on Sunday 4 January, 2015.