From 1912 to 1926: How the Residents of Downton Abbey Changed

Fourteen years (in Downton time) after we met the Crawley family and their loyal staff – here's how things changed for the characters who have been there through it all

TOM BRANSON (ALLEN LEECH)

Perhaps no character has faced more change than Tom Branson – the family's chauffeur/unwanted son-in-law/land agent/beloved family member. Through his marriage to the youngest Crawley daughter, Sybil, he was able to go from working for the Crawley family to being a part of it. If you had said back in season 1 that Tom would be welcomed back to Downton with open arms after moving to America for a few episodes, no one would have believed you. As for his love life – it seems something may be on the horizon with Edith's bouquet-catching editor!