Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) please deliver us from our boredom. Take a leaf out of the book of your screen mother – Countess of Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern) and screen grandmother – Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith) and allow acting. An RP accent does allow you to act.
Lady Mary Crawley marries a man many consider as beneath her social standing. Her husband dies in a car accident and she gives birth to his posthumous child. Soldiering on she helps run the family estate that her father, Lord Crawley, has let slip into the red – and helps turn it around with her late sister’s husband. She fends off endless suitors and forays from country to town with ease and aplomb. When her personal maid’s fiancé is put into gaol she helps get him released. She wears all the latest fashions and she becomes one of the first women in society to have her hair cut. Yet she never, never, never, ever changes her speech pattern and always ends her sentences on a same level spondee.