Love is never far from the doors of Downton Abbey and over the last five series has been found in the most unexpected places. From dashing suitors to eyebrow raising relationships, take a look at some of the most wonderful romances to have blossomed since the Crawleys first let us inside their home.
Lady Mary and Kemal Pamuk
Not so much a romance as a lustful liaison with such drastic consequences, it’s a wonder Lady Mary ever took another lover. Poor old Turkish Ambassador Kemal Pamuk was dead in Mary’s bed before morning, setting the scandal bar pretty high from episode one.
Mr and Mrs Bates
Oh why can’t they just be happy?! Having finally escaped the clutches of his frightful ex-wife Vera, freeing Mr Bates up to make an honest woman of Anna, the ex met a grisly end after eating a poison pie and Bates was imprisoned for her murder. As we enter the sixth series, the solid man and wife have both spent time incarcerated - can they manage a whole series without troubling the law? Unlikely.
Lady Rose and Atticus Aldridge
Free spirited Rose fell in love with the jazz singer but it was Atticus who finally stole her heart, swiftly after her introduction to society. Rose’s disapproving mother did everything in her power to stop the wedding, including planting a prostitute in her son-in-law to be’s bedroom (awkward) but unlike the above hapless couple, once wed, this pair weren’t going to let anything stop them heading off into the sunset – or New York to be more precise.
Lady Mary and Matthew
Lady Mary has had more suitors than Carson and Mrs Hughes have had small Sherries but Matthew was the love of her life. After three series of will they won’t theys and a few minor hiccups including a finance (helpfully wiped out by Spanish flu), a war, Matthew’s temporary paralysis and a pesky newspaper editor, Mr Crawley got down on one knee in a magical moment in the snow. We rejoiced when the happy couple overcame fertility issues to deliver a son and heir to Downton but our rapture was short lived when an equally rapturous Matthew lost control of his motor car moments after the birth and sentenced Mary to a series of wearing black.
Lady Sybil and Tom Branson
Once Sybil set her sights on votes for women it was only a matter of time before she fell for the hunky and politically vociferous chauffeur Tom whose rolled up shirtsleeves were guaranteed to set her swooning. Scandal shook the Crawley house as Lord Grantham’s youngest daughter eloped with his driver only to return once they had tied the knot and she was carrying Tom’s child. Sadly this was not to be the marriage that united above and below as Sybil succumbed to eclampsia after giving birth to a daughter.
Lady Edith and Michael Gregson
Jilted at the alter by Sir Anthony, it looked like Edith would have to resign herself to a future of making a four at bridge and paying visits to granny. Enter Michael Gregson who not only gave Edith a job on his magazine but also wooed her. Before we could get too carried away and think about buying a hat, it emerged that Michael was married. The swine. But all was not straightforward, his once beloved wife was in an asylum and English law would not allow him a divorce. An elaborate plan involving Michael becoming a German citizen looked like the solution but tragically Micheal went missing and was eventually discovered to be dead. However not before Edith had given birth to his child.
Carson and Mrs Hughes
The relationship between the butler and head housekeeper has been progressing at quite a pace since Mrs Hughes took Carson by the hand and led him into the shallows during the servants’ coastal jaunt. Carson proposed during the last Christmas special and the pair sealed it with a sherry.
Mrs Patmore and Jos Tufton
When Downton supplier Jos Tufton offered to squire Mrs Patmore around the fayre, Mrs Hughes was suspicious. The chance of finding love so late in life had Mrs Patmore glowing but before long it became clear Mr Tufton had a wandering eye (and hands) and she gave him the heave-ho.
Lord and Lady Grantham
Did you think we'd forgotten them? Despite being coerced into marriage by both sets of parents, love blossomed between the pair and they are heading towards 40 years of marriage. They've had their ups and downs with an indiscretions by Robert and a scene with Simon Bricker who wouldn't take no for an answer causing his lordship to spend a few nights in is dressing room but they continue to thrive.
Daisy and William
Unlucky in love Daisy found herself to be a reluctant sweetheart after sharing a kiss with William. When he went to war, Mrs Patmore convinced her to to keep up the pretence. After he was fatally wounded Daisy married him on his deathbed to ensure he died happy and to give his father a daughter-in-law.
Where will love blossom in the final series? Increasingly modern Mary has put a stop to her love triangle - could Henry Talbot step into the role of suitor? And is there a chance for Edith to move on from mourning Michael?