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John Bates

John Bates, Lord Grantham's Valet - played by Brendan Coyle

John Bates

Lord Grantham’s Valet. Married to Anna Bates (nee Smith), Head Maid

Played by Brendan Coyle


Qualities: virtuous, respectful, brooding, courageous, tender
A veteran with an injury that leaves him undeterred from performing his work as Lord Grantham’s Valet to the highest level he can. Stalwart Mr. Bates rode a tumultuous wave of misfortune while we worked hard to be accepted at Downton, fended off co-workers’ attempts to sully his reputation and nurtured a growing romance with Head Housemaid, Anna.

Just when it looked like happiness was attainable, another piece of Bates’ past would charge in to snatch it away. Convicted of the murder of his estranged and seethingly evil wife Vera, his hope slowly slipped away but, Anna’s belief and determination was enough for the both of them.

Thanks to Anna’s dogged pursuit of the truth, they finally got to be together, and the newlywed couple seemed poised for a life of undisturbed happiness. What new hurdles will married life pose for the couple, and what lengths will Bates go to to protect it?

BATES: “Anna, you must prepare for the worst. I’m not saying it will happen, but you must prepare for it.”

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