Downton Abbey: Season 4 (2014)


Season 4
Downton Abbey

Critics Consensus

Though its cast remains strong, Downton Abbey's fourth season is a bit of a comedown after the multiple story arcs that challenged viewers in past seasons.



Critic Ratings: 41

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0


Air date: Jan 5, 2014
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Season 4 of the costume drama opens six months after the tragedy that befell the Crawley household at the end of Season 3. Mary (Michelle Dockery) is especially bereft, though she comes to terms with her new reality as the season unfolds and even steps in to help manage the estate, a move that's encouraged by brother-in-law Tom (Allen Leech) but opposed by her ever-traditional father, Robert (Hugh Bonneville). Other story lines involve Edith (Laura Carmichael) , whose involvement with the married Michael Gregson (Charles Edwards) has unwanted consequences; Rose (Lily James), whose feelings for an African-American singer find her willing to buck the taboos of the 1920s; Anna (Joanne Froggatt), who suffers a vicious assault at the hands of a visitor's valet that she then tries to hide from Mr. Bates (Brendan Coyle); and Mr. Carson (Jim Carter), whose one-time vaudeville partner Charlie Grigg (Nicky Henson) is facing hard times.


Hugh Bonneville
as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
Laura Carmichael
as Lady Edith Crawley
Jim Carter
as Mr. Carson
Brendan Coyle
as John Bates
Michelle Dockery
as Lady Mary Crawley
Maggie Smith
as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Kevin Doyle
as Joseph Molesley
Lily James
as Lady Rose MacClare
Rob James-Collier
as Thomas Barrow
Allen Leech
as Tom Branson
Elizabeth McGovern
as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Phyllis Logan
as Mrs. Hughes
Sophie McShera
as Daisy Mason
Lesley Nicol
as Mrs. Patmore
Shirley MacLaine
as Martha Levinson
Matt Milne
as Alfred Nugent
Penelope Wilton
as Isobel Crawley
Ed Speleers
as Jimmy Kent
Cara Theobold
as Ivy Stuart
David Robb
as Dr. Clarkson
Tom Cullen
as Anthony Gillingham
Julian Ovenden
as Charles Blake
Samantha Bond
as Lady Rosamund Painswick
Brendan Patricks
as Evelyn Napier
Gary Carr
as Jack Ross
Charles Edwards
as Michael Gregson
MyAnna Buring
as Edna Braithwaite
Patrick Kennedy
as Terence Sampson
Paul Giamatti
as Harold Levinson
Daisy Lewis
as Sarah Bunting
Joncie Elmore
as John Pegg
Andrew Alexander
as Sir John Bullock
Joanna David
as Duchess of Yeovil
Douglas Reith
as Lord Merton
Di Botcher
as Nanny West
Bernard Gallagher
as Bill Molesley
Oliver Dimsdale
as Prince of Wales
Michael Benz
as Ethan Slade
Helen Sheals
as Postmistress
James Fox
as Lord Aysgarth
Simon Lowe
as Maître d'
Nicky Henson
as Charles Grigg
Yves Aubert
as Arsene Avignon
Kieran Hodgson
as First Student
Janet Montgomery
as Freda Dudley Ward
Stephen Critchlow
as John Ward, MP
Spencer Cowan
as Second Student
Alastair Bruce
as Lord Chamberlain
Harriet Walter
as Lady Shackleton
Kiri Te Kanawa
as Dame Nellie Melba
Jonathan Howard
as Sam Thawley
Joshua Richards
as Stall Holder
Philip Scott-Wallace
as Stage Door Keeper
Paul Copley
as Mr. Mason
Nicky Bell
as Tough Man at Dance
Poppy Drayton
as Madeleine Allsopp
Guy Williams
as King George V
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Critic Reviews for Downton Abbey Season 4

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (23)

Downton Abbey has certainly supplied some of the best TV memories of recent years. The new season continues that tradition.

Jul 1, 2016 | Full Review…

When you think about what Downton Abbey has achieved, and is continuing to pull off, it's actually pretty remarkable.

Jul 1, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

And the show remains, as ever, a thing of immaculate beauty.

Jul 1, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Much remains solid at the heart of rich Downton drama, and Fellowes has certainly shown in the past that he can bring it all back home.

Jun 29, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Not all of the storylines work - an affair between a black entertainer and the carefree Rose seems forced - but the action moves so fast that you'll be hooked on a new scandal/crisis/romance in mere minutes.

Jun 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Change continues to make Downton relevant to our lives, letting us in on the variously graceful and resentful ways people deal with the inevitable.

Jun 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Looks like there's still plenty of mileage in Julian Fellowes's patented ratings elixir.

Jul 22, 2018 | Full Review…

In all of this Downton seems such a conventional and predictable series, despite its setting and occasionally sparkling dialogue.

Jul 1, 2016 | Full Review…

Through it all, the show never loses sight of its sublime characterization.

Jul 1, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Mr. Carson is one of the few characters whose backstory has not really been explored, and looking into his past is an interesting new direction for the series.

Jul 1, 2016 | Rating: 6.8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Downton Abbey: Season 4

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