Character: William Mason
(played by Thomas Howes)
William Mason is a footman at Downton Abbey. He is a kind hearted, but simple countryman who becomes a servant to please his mother, to whom he is devoted. He is often bullied by Thomas Barrow, but gets his revenge when he beats him up for unkind comments about his mother’s death and Cora’s miscarriage. He falls in love with Daisy Robinson and asks her to marry him just before he goes to France to fight in WWI. He is fatally wounded saving Matthew Crawley’s life and dies at Downton, shortly after finally marrying Daisy.