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Episode 1

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Episode Info

The first episode of the four-part drama begins in 1912, when the sinking of the Titanic punctures the succession plans of Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), the father of three daughters, and inspires his wife (Elizabeth McGovern) and mother (Maggie Smith) to push him to separate his title from his estate, which are legally entailed to pass only to a man. The search settles on a young solicitor (Dan Stevens) unaccustomed to tawny trappings.

Cast

Hugh Bonneville
as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
Jessica Brown Findlay
as Lady Sybil Crawley
Laura Carmichael
as Lady Edith Crawley
Jim Carter
as Mr. Carson
Brendan Coyle
as John Bates
Michelle Dockery
as Lady Mary Crawley
Siobhan Finneran
as Sarah O'Brien
Joanne Froggatt
as Anna Bates
Thomas Howes
as William Mason
Rob James-Collier
as Thomas Barrow
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
Dan Stevens (IV)
as Matthew Crawley
Penelope Wilton
as Isobel Crawley
Charlie Cox
as Duke of Crowborough
Kevin Doyle
as Joseph Molesley
Robert Bathurst
as Sir Anthony Strallan
Bernard Gallagher
as Bill Molesley
Samantha Bond
as Lady Rosamund Painswick
Allen Leech
as Tom Branson
Brendan Patrick
as Evelyn Napier
David Robb
as Dr. Clarkson
Helen Sheals
as Postmaster's Wife
Catherine Balavage
as Suffragette
Jonathan Coy
as George Murray
Theo James
as Kemal Pamuk
Fergus O'Donnell
as John Drake
Cathy Sara
as Mrs. Drake
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Critic reviews for Episode 1

One of the really interesting things about this first episode of the show is that it quite confidently strolls through the mise-en-scene, recreating a world at the corner of your eyes.

June 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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