Character: Ethel Parks
(played by Amy Nuttall)
Ethel Parks takes over from Gwen as a housemaid. She is a character with a high opinion of herself, often referring to her time as head housemaid in another establishment (though she was only the more senior of just two staff). She is not keen on working hard, and dreams of a better lifestyle. She becomes pregnant after an affair with Major Bryant, a soldier convalescing at Downton. She is sacked for her behavior, but later Mrs. Hughes protects her and her child. She comes back to work for Isobel, having endured a spell as a prostitute, and gives up her child to its grandparents. Eventually she leaves to be nearer her child.