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Anthony Foyle
Viscount Gillingham
Biographical information
Born Between 1882 and 1892[1]
Marital status Engaged to The Honourable Mabel Lane Fox
Title(s) Lord Gillingham
The Pirate (by Robert Crawley)
Tony (used by friends and acquaintances)
Military career World War I veteran; Navy
Physical information
Gender M
Hair colour Black
Eye colour Brown
Family information
Family John Foyle (father)
Loyalty Mabel Lane Fox (fiancé)
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by Tom Cullen

Anthony "Tony" Foyle[2], the Viscount Gillingham, also known as Lord Gillingham, is an old Crawley family friend and has a romantic love interest in Lady Mary Crawley who enters her life following her husband Matthew Crawley's untimely death.



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He knew Mary from childhood. He appears at a party thrown by the Crawley family "to help lift Lady Mary's spirit" which is the first time Mary has seen him since they were young. Robert calls him a "pirate" but Cora reminds him who Anthony is, and who his father was.

His renewed relationship with Mary makes him start to wonder whether he may have given up on life too soon.[3] He also has not fully come to terms with his father's death, and bonds with Mary though their shared grief. 

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He attempts to assist Mary in running the estate. He also accompanies her and her relatives to the Lotus jazz club in London, where they dance. But then he secretly follows the family back to Downton on the same train (he rides in third class so they don't see him). Tony proposes to Mary. Mary eventually turns him down because she is still not over Matthew's death. Tony agrees to leave, but not before requesting a kiss from Mary, saying he loves her. He stays one night and then leaves.

Tony later becomes engaged to the Hon. Mabel Lane Fox, but the engagement is more a relationship of convenience rather than love. Mary refers to Miss Fox as "the greatest heiress of the season." After the engagement is announced in the papers, Mary writes to Tony to congratulate him, when in truth she is feeling regret for not accepting him. Her sister remarks how she was sure Tony was keen on her.

Tony later returns to Downton Abbey, reuniting with an old friend from the war, Mary's suitor and Evelyn Napier's boss Charles Blake. After Mary learns from Anna that Tony's valet Green assaulted her, she meets with Tony for luncheon in London and asks him to dismiss Green, saying only that he did something abhorrent. Tony wonders what it was, but professing his love for her he agrees to do so. Then he later tells her, because of the conversation they had, that Green was killed (telling her only what he heard, that he fell into the road and got run over).

Eventually Tony decides to break off his engagement, because of his feelings for Mary. Though Mary insists she is still not on the "market" Tony is determined to win her nonetheless.


Tony is still in pursuit of Mary by the summer of 1923, and dances with her at a ball in London. He later tells Mary that his friend and rival for her, Blake, is not an outsider as she thinks but is in fact heir to an estate even greater than his own, although it is a baronetcy, which would make Charles Blake a baronet, two ranks below a viscount (Lord Gillingham's title) in the British peerage. In fact, a baronetcy is the only hereditary honour which is not an actual peerage. As Mary later explains to Blake, she thinks Gillingham wanted it (their rivalry for her) to be a fair fight.


Tony still wants Lady Mary to marry him and gives an indecent proposal to her for him and Mary to become lovers to which Mary agrees as long as it is kept secret. Tony then booked a hotel room in Liverpool for their tryst which included his room to be adjoined to Mary's hotel room. They then discussed the plan of eating a scrumptious dinner on Church St and make love all night long.

However, at the end of their time in Liverpool they are spotted outside the hotel by Violet's butler Spratt. After Violet manages to conceal the secret and confront Mary about it, claiming Mary was seduced by Gillingham, Mary begins to question if she has made the right decision. She now feels she and Gillingham do not have a lot in common.

Gillingham visits Downton as they host to Russian refugees including Prince Kuragin and Count Rostov. However Mary tells Gillingham that she has changed her mind and will not marry him, but Gillingham is not a person who would take no for an answer.



Appearances and Mentions
Series 4 Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5 Episode 6 Episode 7
Episode 8
Christmas Special
Series 5 Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6
Episode 7
Episode 8
Christmas Special

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • The casting call refers to him as handsome, in his thirties, with a "winning personality."

External Links Edit

  1. Downton Abbey season 4, episode 3 video: Watch scene with Michelle Dockery, Tom Cullen at Cartermatt


  1. The casting call referred to him as "in his thirties", which means he was between 30 and 40 in 1922.
  2. (2013, September). Attitude Magazine
  3. S4 Press Pack.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Anthony Foyle

  • Name pronunciation

    6 messages
    • I mean no offence in my words, but I thought it was pronounces "An-Ton-ee" everywhere in the world and that there was no difference?
    • Here in America, I've always heard it pronounced "An-Thon-ee" but that's just me.  No offense taken.
  • Anthony Gillingham

    3 messages
    • Anthony Foyle is his actual name; Gillingham is his title. He is Lord Gillingham, and is referred to as Anthony Gillingham because of his title.
    • Thank you for the information

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