The cast of the period drama “Downton Abbey”received a Screen Actor’s Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. The 19th Annual Screen Actor’s Guild Awards were presented by SAG-AFTRA at the Los Angeles Shrine Expostion Center in Los Angeles, Calif.. The awards presentation was televised live on TNT and TBS.
“Downton Abbey” has a large cast, but there were only five in attendance to happily accept the award. Castmembers at the SAG Awards included: Phyllis Logan who plays Mrs. Hughes; Michelle Dockery who plays Lady Mary Crawley; Allen Leech who plays Tom Branson; Amy Nuttall who plays Ethel; and Sophie McShera who plays Daisy.
While the awards were being presented in Los Angeles, a heart-wrenching episode of “Downton Abbey” was being televised on PBS. The episode featured with dramatic death by childbirth of Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay), leaving her chauffeur husband Tom (Alan Leech) a forlorn single father with a newborn.
Lady Sybil had two doctors in attendance for the birth, but egos got in the way and the poor patient was caught in the middle of the doctors’ argument about treatment. The Lord of the Manor, Robert, Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) sided with the pompous titled doctor Sir Philip, shunning the advice of country family doctor Clarkson (David Robb). By the time Lady Sybil started having seizures, it was too late, and the doctors and family stood by helplessly and watched the beloved youngest Grantham daughter die.
Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) wasted no time in blaming her husband for the death of her daughter. She sat next to the body and promised that she would fight for Sybil’s family, which was Sybil’s last request to her mother. She had Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) deliver the message to Robert that he should sleep in the drawing room.
Lady Violet (Maggie Smith) was a rock for her son, telling Robert that his daughter’s death was no one’s fault. It was when Violet walked away from the camera that her grief was revealed, by a movement of posture.
Aristrocatic sisters Lady Mary and Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) stood over the deathbed of their sister and made a temporary truce, but Lady Mary said they probably would not get along better in the future.
While the major drama occurred upstairs, the story lines of the servants downstairs also progressed.
Thomas cried openly, mourning the death of Lady Sybil, who had shown him kindness. Thomas (Rob James-Collier) was overly touchy with hunky new servant Jimmy and O’Brien (Siobhan Finneran) connived to use the information.
Ethel (Amy Nuttel) got honest work again after working as a prostitute, throwing the unforgiving servants into a judgmental tizzy.
Anna (Joanne Froggatt) found evidence that could free her beloved Mr. Bates (Brendan Coyle) from prison, but there were complications.
The cast of “Downton Abbey includes: Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham; Zoe Boyle as Lavinia Swire; Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley; Jim Carter as Mr. Carson; Brendan Coyle as John Bates; Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley; Jessica Brown Findlay as Lady Sybil Crawley; Siobhan Finneran as O’Brien; Joanne Froggatt as Anna; Iain Glen as Sir Richard Carlisle; Thomas Howes as William; Rob James-Collier as Thomas; Allen Leech as Tom Branson; Phyllis Logan as Mrs. Hughes; Elizabeth McGovern as Cora, Countess of Grantham; Sophie McShera as Daisy; Lesley Nicol as Mrs. Patmore; Amy Nuttall as Ethel; David Robb as Dr. Clarkson; Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham; Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley; and Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley.
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