Downton Abbey: Season 5 (2015)


Season 5
Downton Abbey

Critics Consensus

Though it's becoming increasingly soapy, Downton Abbey is still a beautiful show whose characters confront the ever-modernizing world with wit and style.



Critic Ratings: 34


Audience Score

User Ratings: 79
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Air date: Jan 4, 2015
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Season 5 of the period drama begins in early 1924; and sees the Crawley household upended by changes roiling British society as a whole. The election of a working-class prime minister, for instance, precipitates Robert (Hugh Bonneville) being snubbed by the townsfolk when a committee is formed to build a war memorial. In years past, of course, he would have been its chairman?as Carson (Jim Carter), who's asked to lead it, knows. It's an uncomfortable position for both men to be in. The memorial brings with it another storyline: Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol) wants her nephew, who was shot for cowardice, to be included, but Carson thinks not. Edith (Laura Carmichael), meanwhile, tries her best just to cope: As the season begins, there's still no word from or about Gregson, her married beau who left for Germany in 1922; and, due to the scandal an out-of-wedlock child would bring, their daughter is being raised by a tenant farmer and his wife. Thomas, as per usual, plays a part in some of the drama: His threats lead Miss Baxter (Raquel Cassidy) to confess to Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) about her past. The ill-will between them doesn't stop her from intervening when she suspects he's harming himself, however. She also finds herself a witness in the ongoing Scotland Yard investigation about Mr. Green's death; and is wooed by Mosley (Kevin Doyle). Romance is in the air for others, too: Mary (Michelle Dockery) enjoys a getaway with Lord Gillingham, but has second thoughts about their relationship; Rose (Lily James) falls for a dashing young man named Atticus Aldridge (Matt Barber), though his being Jewish doesn't sit well with some; Tom enjoys the company of Sarah Bunting (Daisy Lewis), a teacher whose radical views upset Robert; Violet (Maggie Smith) is reunited with an old beau now facing hard times; Cora is hit on by an art historian; and none other than Isobel (Penelope Wilton) receives a marriage proposal.


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
Kevin Doyle
as Joseph Molesley
Tom Cullen
as Lord Anthony Gillingham
Lily James
as Lady Rose MacClare
Rob James-Collier
as Thomas Barrow
Allen Leech
as Tom Branson
Phyllis Logan
as Mrs. Hughes
Elizabeth McGovern
as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera
as Daisy Mason
Lesley Nicol
as Mrs. Patmore
Maggie Smith
as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Penelope Wilton
as Isobel Crawley
David Robb
as Dr. Clarkson
Emma Lowndes
as Mrs. Margie Drewe
Jim Carter
as Mr. Carson
Rade Serbedzija
as Prince Kuragin
Julian Ovenden
as Charles Blake
Douglas Reith
as Lord Merton
Ed Speleers
as Jimmy Kent
Howard Ward
as Sgt. Willis
Daisy Lewis
as Sarah Bunting
Matt Barber
as Atticus Aldridge
Matt Barber
as Atticus Aldridge
Richard E. Grant
as Simon Bricker
Catherine Steadman
as Mabel Lane Fox
Samantha Bond
as Lady Rosamund
Sue Johnston
as Miss Denker
Penny Downie
as Lady Sinderby
James Faulkner
as Lord Sinderby
Louis Hilyer
as Insp. Vyne
Christopher Rozycki
as Count Rostov
Helen Sheals
as Mrs. Wigan
Peter Egan
as Shrimpie Flintshire
Paul Copley
as Mr. Mason
Matthew Goode
as Henry Talbot
Augusta Woods
as Hotel Maid
Devon Black
as Receptionist
Hannah Wood
as Brancaster Kitchen Maid
Harriet Walter
as Lady Shackleton
Naomi Radcliffe
as Mrs. Elcot
Jane Lapotaire
as Princess Irina
Anna Chancellor
as Lady Anstruther
Ben Bradshaw
as Chemist
Alex McNally
as Cab Driver
Jonathan Coy
as George Murray
Sebastian Dunn
as Charlie Rogers
Louise Calf
as Kitty Colthurst
Phoebe Nicholls
as Susan Flintshire
Sebastian Dunn
as Charlie Rogers
Harry Hadden-Paton
as Bertie Pelham
James Joyce
as Dinner Guest
Alice Patten
as Diana Clark
Charlie Anson
as Larry Grey
Sophie Cosson
as Prostitute
Sarah Crowden
as Lady Manville
Darren Machin
as Basil Shute
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Critic Reviews for Downton Abbey Season 5

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (18)

Downton has entered the sweetspot phase of its life span, whatever that will ultimately be: A place of creative equipoise, where characters can and will be taken to a place of Fellowes' choosing, and fans will happily follow.

Jun 29, 2016 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is a season heavily interested in the choices - particularly the love lives and sex lives - of women of all ages and classes.

Jun 29, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Maggie Smith rules the fifth season of Downton Abbey, PBS' lavish and still-delectable serial.

Jun 29, 2016 | Full Review…

All's right with Downton Abbey, and for eight weeks at least, right for us.

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

Even the new stories feel like variations on the old ones.

Jun 29, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The prettiest soap opera on TV continues to offer a refuge from the present while mirroring contemporary attitudes and evolutions.

Jun 29, 2016 | Full Review…

What a five years it has been.

Jan 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Downton Abbey is certainly more entertaining the most of what's on TV, but it's also clear that the show is well past its prime.

Nov 12, 2018 | Full Review…

This opener to series five was so playfully deft and thunderously enjoyable that you'd have to conclude that Downton has become Fellowes's personal fountain of youth.

Jul 23, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The tension between characters who champion the values of a fading age and those who want to break down ever more social and ethical barriers continues to feel particularly apt today.

Mar 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Downton Abbey: Season 5

  • Jun 26, 2016
    While still finickey at some points, season 5 was a noticable improvement on the previous two seasons. The stories are better, and the pay offs are better.

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