The men of Downton Abbey.

It’s official. I am seriously in love with Matthew Crawley. (And Lord Grantham. And Mr. Bates. But really truly in love with Matthew Crawley.)

I was a little late to the game on Downton Abbey. It was on my list of shows to watch, but I can barely keep up with my DVR as it is. Of course, I was totally obsessed once I started watching and was caught up within a week! Which sucks because now I have to wait months for its return. And I have to say, after reading the very sexual 50 Shades books, there is something appealing about the painfully-slow-will-they-or-won’t-they romances. I mean when you wait an entire season for ONE KISS, it’s totally worth it when it finally happens. Like, epic.

Who else loves this show? It’s seriously so good. And so addicting. And chock full of eye candy in the form of the following charming Brits:

Matthew Crawley played by Dan Stevens
I’m not normally attracted to blondes (unless they’re Leo), but Matthew is so charming and adorable and handsome and has the most amazing blue eyes. I am seriously smitten. And now that I’ve caught up on the series, I’ve gone back and watched all the romantic scenes with Matthew on YouTube. Several times. And countless interviews with Dan Stevens. I have issues, but this is what happens when you’re obsessed…

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Robert, Earl of Grantham played by Hugh Bonneville
It’s weird because I wasn’t that attracted to Hugh as Bernie in Notting Hill, but as Lord Grantham, now that’s a different story. He’s a true gentleman who’s caring and kind to his staff (a little too kind to Jane, but I’ll pretend that didn’t happen.) He’s also a loving and devoted father and husband.

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Mr. John Bates played by Brendan Coyle
Sigh, what’s not to love about Mr. Bates? He’s a bit of an unlikely crush, but his humble, brooding nature and obvious love for Anna is so appealing. I love this quote about Bates by Brendan Coyle: ‘There’s something of the noble savage about Bates. But if Bates is a sex symbol, it’s because of the romance Julian has written into the script. I don’t know how it happened. Anyway, when you see Dan Stevens in a uniform, it’s all over for me.”

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Tom Branson played by Allen Leech 
Branson is the ballsy, confident and spirited chaffeur who is persuasive and attractive enough to make Sybil cross class lines to be with him!

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Thomas Barrow played by Rob James-Collier
Thomas is one of the most unlikable characters on the show. His only redeeming quality his looks, which is why he’s on this list. (Sorry Rob, you’re very attractive, it just sucks that your character is such an asshole.)

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And now we wait for Season 3. I guess I still have Don Draper to keep me company, but…he’s no Matthew Crawley. Does anyone else love him as much as I do? Or any of the other men of Downton?

{ Photos courtesy of IMDB, SpoilerTV, PBS and Evening Standard }

16 responses to The men of Downton Abbey.

  • Jake R.

    posted on 4.25.12 at 4:36 pm


    I too love this show!!

    • girlyobsessions

      posted on 4.25.12 at 4:42 pm


      Do you also love the hotties? :)

      • Jake R.

        posted on 4.26.12 at 10:12 am



  • Anita

    posted on 4.25.12 at 7:58 pm


    Dan Stevens is not a natural blonde .. he has quite dark hair really. And he is also my big favorite in this series.

    • girlyobsessions

      posted on 4.25.12 at 8:12 pm


      I thought he was a brunette from when I saw him in Sense and Sensibility but I wasn't sure! Thanks for confirming!! But now I don't think I could picture Matthew as a brunette :) He's my blonde exception!

      • Anita

        posted on 4.26.12 at 10:54 am


        And I think he is absolutely gorgeous no matter what hair color he has.

        • girlyobsessions

          posted on 4.26.12 at 11:45 am


          Love it! Thanks for sharing!

          • Anita

            posted on 4.27.12 at 1:39 pm


            Happy to share with you. And here's a fun mix that I found on You Tubes with Dan Stevens of his earlier films and they mixed with Michelle Dockerys = theme Mary / Matthew-Ships in the Night – YouTube in recent history. Right well done indeed and here can you see a Dan Stevens with darker and longer hair in these snippets. Lovely pictures indeed.

          • BJS

            posted on 4.28.12 at 9:42 am


            Very nice! Thank you…

  • Andrea

    posted on 4.26.12 at 2:10 am


    OMG you're so right,you just made a description of how I feel towards the men of Downton and Downton in general.

    • girlyobsessions

      posted on 4.26.12 at 7:32 am


      Andrea, I'm glad someone else shares my obsession on the same level!!

  • Kara

    posted on 4.26.12 at 12:12 pm


    Love it! You nailed it! :)

  • BJS

    posted on 4.28.12 at 9:37 am


    Dan is THE man! Waiting to hear he has signed for season 4. The rest of the cast is also superb.

    • Ashley

      posted on 4.28.12 at 9:51 am


      I would be devastated if he didn’t sign on for season 4!!

  • Edwardianlady1

    posted on 5.9.12 at 8:06 pm


    Dan Stevens is so wonderful and gorgeous and I wish he were mine……

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