| Daphne Bryant |
|Family|| Horace Bryant (husband) |
Charles Bryant (son)
Charlie Parks (grandson)
|Behind the scenes|
|Portrayed by||Christine Mackie|
Mrs. Bryant writes to Mrs. Hughes to arrange a meeting between the Bryants and Ethel. The Bryants have accepted that Charlie is their grandson. When Ethel comes, Mrs. Bryant asks to be introduced formally to her grandson. She hopes Charlie can call her "Gran" and comments on how she thought from the first moment she saw him that he looked like her son. She also apologizes for herself and her husband from their first encounter, but Mr. Bryant is more eager to "get down to business" about what he and his wife will do for Charlie. He offers to raise Charlie as his heir since Major Bryant was an only child. He would educate Charlie at Harrow and Oxford. He would tell Charlie that his parents married during the war and his mother died from Spanish flu, Mrs. Bryant commenting that many have died from it. Ethel offers to be Charlie's nurse and never tell him that she is his mother. Mrs. Bryant is open to the idea, but Mr. Bryant rejects it calling Ethel "a drudge" and that she will not be able to kept her secret. Ethel appeals to Mrs. Bryant about her husband wanting to separate her from Charlie, saying she knows Mrs. Bryant has a heart. But Mrs. Bryant says nothing more. Mr. Bryant offers Ethel time to consider his offer and he and his wife leave. Later Ethel tells Mrs Hughes she is keeping her son.
Mrs. Bryant returns to Downton along with her husband in 1920. She receives Ethel once again more kindly than her husband, hoping to be friends with her and offer her money. Ethel has fallen on hard times, and ultimately decides for the sake of her son's happiness to let the Bryants take him back with them. She promises to write to Ethel, and assures her that her husband loves Charlie and not just for his late father's sake.
She later returns to Downton again, to Ethel's surprise, having been written by Violet about Ethel's search for a job, and her learning of one with a Mrs. Watson near where the Bryants lived, plus that she and Isobel knew Ethel had hoped it would help her be closer to Charlie, but declined on fear that it would not let her past die down. Violet felt only the Bryants could give their assurance of their response to Ethel working nearby. Mrs. Bryant says she has been "uncomfortable about keeping a mother from her son" even though she does not want to confuse him. She tells Ethel to write to Mrs. Watson and get herself settled, with the assurance "You will please leave Mr. Bryant to me."