Character: Isobel Crawley
(played by Penelope Wilton)
Isobel Crawley (b.?1870) is the daughter of a doctor and also the widow of one, the late Reginald Crawley. She has strong middle class values and a sense of duty, having been a nurse in the Boer War and helping to run the Downton hospital in WWI. She is devoted to her son Matthew and works hard to steer him along the path that she feels best for him, as opposed to the one the aristocratic Crawleys want. Because of this and her different sense of values she often clashes with the aristocratic Crawleys, particularly the Dowager Countess.