Character: Gwen Dawson
(played by Rose Leslie)
Gwen Dawson is a farmhand’s daughter who works as a housemaid at Downton Abbey. She dreams of becoming a secretary and Lady Sybil helps her with this ambition. The two have a friendship very unusual between classes at the time. She is well liked by the staff although some feel she has ideas above her station. After several false starts, she achieves her ambition with a job at the telephone company and leaves the Abbey.