Character: Beryl Patmore
(played by Lesley Nicol)
Mrs Patmore is the head cook at Downton. Essentially kind hearted, she is protective of her position, believing herself to be the real power in the house. She is cured of cataracts after the Earl sends her to a specialist when she makes mistakes due to her poor eyesight. During the war, she has difficulty coping with the shame of knowing her nephew has been executed for cowardice.