Alone and pregnant, she’s left at home in Ireland by husband Tom (Allen Leech) as he flees to the Abbey for help following a predicament with the police…
‘Playing Branson has forced me to look at Irish history in a different way,’ says actor Allen. ‘This series of Downton is all about change and Branson and Sybil become a symbol of that change.
‘They’re the only two who understand their situation and, by sticking together, they are stronger. Branson realises a happy wife is more important than anything.’
Downton Abbey is on ITV1 tonight at 9pm.