Downton Abbey

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♦ Character: Gwen Dawson
♦ Created by: Julian Fellowes
♦ Other cast: Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith…
♦ Premiere date: September 2010
♦ Genre: Drama, Romance
♦ Running time: 58min
♦ Appearances:
Season 1 : E01 E02 E03 E04 E05 E06 E07
Season 6 : E04
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Storyline

A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century.

Character

Gwen Harding (née Dawson) was a housemaid at Downton. She is the daughter of a farm-hand. Ambitious, she decides that she no longer wants to work in service and saves up her money to buy a typewriter to take a correspondence course in typing and shorthand. When her typewriter is discovered by Miss O’Brien, she informs the whole staff and Gwen’s plan to leave service to become a secretary is the cause of much discussion above and below stairs. Lady Sybil quickly befriends Gwen and tries to help her get a job as a secretary. In August 1914 they are successful and Gwen wins a position at a telephone firm. She does not return in the second series and is replaced by Ethel. In series four, the staff at Downton Abbey receive a letter from Gwen where she tells them she is married. In series six, the character returns to Downton as a married woman, although she visits the mansion only for one episode. Some of the family do not recognize her at first, but when they do they are surprised at her elevated status. Gwen endears herself to the family by recalling the generosity of Lady Sybil.

Season 1

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Season 1 Episode 1
Original air date : September 26, 2010
Directed by : Brian Percival
Written by : Julian Fellowes
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The family and staff of Downton are shocked when they find that the heir to the title and fiancé of the Earl’s daughter Mary perished on the Titanic and the Earl hires a crippled army comrade as valet.


Season 1 Episode 2
Original air date : October 3, 2010
Directed by : Ben Bolt
Written by : Julian Fellowes
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The new legal heirs to Downton, lawyer Matthew Crawley and his nurse mother Isobel are invited to live on the estate, but there is resentment of them as interlopers from both up and downstairs as interlopers.


Season 1 Episode 3
Original air date : October 10, 2010
Directed by : Ben Bolt
Written by : Julian Fellowes
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Gwen’s ambitions to leave service to become a secretary is discouraged, Bates takes painful steps to overcome his limp, and a dashing Turkish diplomat visiting Downton seems to work his charms on everyone – especially Mary.


Season 1 Episode 4
Original air date : October 17, 2010
Directed by : Brian Kelly
Written by : Julian Fellowes, Shelagh Stephenson
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Mrs. Hughes is reunited with an old beau, now a widower proposing marriage, and the Countess hires Matthew Crawley to see if the will can be broken and disagrees with his mother on a diagnosis.


Season 1 Episode 5
Original air date : October 24, 2010
Directed by : Brian Kelly
Written by : Julian Fellowes
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Bates sees Thomas stealing a bottle of wine, the footman tries to frame him for petty theft, and Mrs. Crawley tries to convince the Dowager Countess to surrender her annual entitlement prize for best bloom in the village.


Season 1 Episode 6
Original air date : October 31, 2010
Directed by : Brian Percival
Written by : Julian Fellowes, Tina Pepler
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O’Brien and Thomas continue their efforts to frame Bates, Mary falls in love with Matthew, and Sybil is injured in a political disturbance and Branson is blamed.


Season 1 Episode 7
Original air date : November 7, 2010
Directed by : Brian Percival
Written by : Julian Fellowes
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Mary finds it was Edith who let the ambassador know about Faruk’s death, Cora announces her pregnancy, and Thomas and O’Brien hatch new slanders against Bates as War clouds loom.

 

Season 6

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Season 6 Episode 4
Original air date : October 11, 2015
Directed by : Philip John
Written by : Julian Fellowes
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Anna and Mary face a crisis and a figure from the past surprises those above and below stairs.