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

MR BATES (BRENDAN COYLE)

For someone who people were so vehemently against in the first season, John Bates transitioned into a staff member beloved by all. Of course, he had a few bumps on the road to get there, mainly in the form of an ex-wife so vengeful that she killed herself to try and frame him for the murder. Now, he's married to the love of his life, with a son, and no one has talked about his limp for a good three seasons. Sounds like a win-win-win.