Downton Abbey: Season 6 (2016)


Season 6
Downton Abbey

Critics Consensus

Melodramatic characters and soapy class struggles continue to keep Downton Abbey compelling as this celebrated series approaches its grand finale.



Critic Ratings: 31


Audience Score

User Ratings: 87
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Air date: Jan 3, 2016
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The sixth and final season of the mannered melodrama opens in April 1925 with Robert (Hugh Bonneville) anticipating reductions in the household staff. It's not a move he wants to make, but one he must, and while he hopes to keep the plan hush-hush, it's not long before word gets out. Thomas (Rob James-Collier) is sure he'll be among those let go, and spends much of his free time searching for a suitable position elsewhere. He also helps footman Andy (Michael Fox), who wants to improve his lot in life, learn to read. As in years past, however, the season's major story arcs are both upstairs and downstairs. Upstairs, Mary (Michelle Dockery) is wooed by race car driver Henry Talbot (Matthew Goode), whom she loves save for his high-risk vocation. She also can't help but to interfere in the burgeoning romance between sister Edith (Laura Carmichael) and Herbert "Bertie" Pelham (Harry Hadden-Paton), a charming estate agent. Edith, for her part, struggles with whether she should tell Bertie the truth about Marigold. Other storylines find Violet (Maggie Smith) in a feud with Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) over the future of the hospital; and Isobel (Penelope Wilton) blocked from seeing an ailing Lord Merton (Douglas Reith) by his children. The downstairs drama is just as delicious: Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) and Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) butt heads prior to and after their marriage; Anna (Joanne Froggatt), who desperately wants a child, struggles to keep a pregnancy; Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol) opens a bed-and-breakfast; and Mr. Molesley (Kevin Doyle) takes on a new challenge.


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
Rob James-Collier
as Thomas Barrow
Phyllis Logan
as Mrs. Hughes
Elizabeth McGovern
as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera
as Daisy Mason
Allen Leech
as Tom Branson
Lesley Nicol
as Mrs. Patmore
Maggie Smith
as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Penelope Wilton
as Isobel Crawley
David Robb
as Dr. Clarkson
Paul Copley
as Mr. Mason
Douglas Reith
as Lord Merton
Samantha Bond
as Lady Rosamund Painswick
Matthew Goode
as Harry Talbot
Harry Hadden-Paton
as Bertie Pelham
Sue Johnston
as Miss Denker
Howard Ward
as Sgt. Willis
Antonia Bernath
as Laura Edmunds
Phoebe Sparrow
as Amelia Cruikshank
Sebastian Dunn
as Charlie Rogers
Sebastian Dunn
as Charlie Rogers
Michael Cochrane
as Rev. Travis
Paul Putner
as Mr. Skinner
Harriet Walter
as Lady Shackleton
Philip Battley
as John Harding
Martin Walsh
as Mr. Finch
Nichola Burley
as Rita Bevan
Mark Morrell
as Mr. Fairclough
Emma Lowndes
as Mrs. Drewe
Ronald Pickup
as Sir Michael Reresby
Rose Leslie
as Gwen Harding
Brendan Patricks
as Evelyn Napier
Charlotte Hamblin
as Lady Anne Acland
Rupert Frazer
as Neville Chamberlain
Devon Black
as Receptionist
Adrian Lukis
as Sir John Darnley
Trevor Cooper
as Mr. Glover
Rick Bacon
as Mr. Henderson
Alastair Bruce
as Brancaster Butler
Nicholas Lumley
as Auctioneer
Ian Marr
as Abbey Visitor
Patricia Hodge
as Mrs. Pelham
John Voce
as Photographer
James Greene
as Sir Mark Stiles
Charlie Anson
as Larry Gray
Matt Barber
as Atticus Aldridge
Matt Barber
as Atticus Aldridge
Peter Egan
as Shrimpie Flintshire
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Critic Reviews for Downton Abbey Season 6

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (13)

Downton Abbey has always been television to luxuriate in, and its final season will delight fans with more of the same superb production quality and writing that makes the aristocratic Crawley family feel part of our own.

Jun 29, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The final Downton season is satisfying, engaging and nostalgic. And if there is, at some point, a movie? You know we'll be watching.

Jun 29, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Beautiful, elegant final ride, full of love and nostalgia and joy. The only way to go...

Jun 29, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Downton simply continues its sharp observations of human behavior among fundamentally decent people, as animated by some of the loveliest faces, voices, and cinematography on the tube, it still has much to offer.

Jun 29, 2016 | Full Review…

I'm happy to report (without any spoilers) that it remains what it has been for years - a pretty melodrama, whose characters we've come to know well, grounded in a thought-provoking historical moment.

Jun 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Downton Abbey isn't trying to change the face of television, so let's just enjoy the loveliness while it lasts.

Jul 31, 2018 | Full Review…

he nation will no doubt be grateful to see its favourite escapist fantasy deigning to engage with our piffling contemporary anxieties.

Jul 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The acting. The set design. The costumes. The sharp writing. The attention to detail. All of it came together in a way that made this show more than just another period drama.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Certainly Downton had its soapy moments. But for most fans, I don't think this was the series' chief appeal. Rather, it was the moments of kindness.

Mar 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The Earl of Grantham having made a tectonic plate shift in his mind set over a myriad of matters. He's up to speed with the changes of the century, but are the fans, as we prepare to say our final good byes?

Jun 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Downton Abbey: Season 6

  • Oct 25, 2017
    every charator has the story to tell.
  • Jan 05, 2017
    Excelente conclusión y personajes!!!!
  • Aug 13, 2016
    A beautiful English Series. Not for everyone's taste of course.
  • Jul 21, 2016
    While it does drag in a few spots, the final season is more than a worthy send off for the series, including some of the best payoffs in the series history, and a nice grand finale.

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