Allen LeechWith Mary’s wedding and Edith’s near-wedding having passed, it’s only appropriate that the Downton spotlight now turns to third daughter Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) in tonight’s episode. 

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.