Mrs. Beryl Patmore
Played by Lesley Nicol
Qualities: dedicated, demanding, facetious, persuasive, persnickety
If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the bustling food factory that Mrs. Patmore runs at Downton Abbey beats at military precision time. As kitchen maid Daisy Mason has known for quite some time, Mrs. Patmore sets the cooking pace and you’d better keep up with it or fall by the wayside. On top of that, she possesses a rapier quick wit that could easily stand up to the Dowager’s, quip for quip.
However, all that brusqueness is really a smoke screen that hides a kind-hearted soul who is always ready to lend the hand of support, as long as her opinion can come with it. Mrs. Patmore knows what’s best for you, inside and out.
Throughout the 1910s, Mrs. Patmore kept the Crawleys well fed and feeling satisfied through good times and bad, even through her own health scares and heartaches. In the 1920s, could it finally be time for her to be able to feed her own deepest desires?
MRS. PATMORE: “Anyone who has the use of their limbs can make a salmon mousse.”