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Edith Pelham née Crawley
Marchioness of Hexham
Edith in gold with headband
Biographical information
Born 1892 (age 34)
Marital status Married to Herbert Pelham, 7th Marquess of Hexham
Residence Brancaster Castle, Northumberland, England
Edith Pelham's Flat, London, England
Downton Abbey, Downton, Yorkshire, England (formerly)
Title(s) Lady Hexham
Marchioness of Hexham
Milady
My lady
Her Ladyship
Your Ladyship
My sweet one (by Sir Anthony Strallan)
My darling (by Michael Gregson and Bertie Pelham)
My most darling girl (by her father)
Aunt Edith (by Sybbie and George)
Cousin Edith
Lady Edith Crawley (formerly)
Miss Edith Crawley (formerly)
Miss Edith (formerly)
Physical information
Gender Female
Height 5'6" (1,68 m)
Hair colour Light strawberry blond
Eye colour Brown
Family information
Immediate Herbert Pelham (husband)
Robert Crawley (father)
Cora Crawley (mother)
Mary Talbot (sister)
Sybil Branson (sister) †
Marigold (illegitimate daughter)
Extended
Violet Crawley (paternal grandmother)
Patrick Crawley (paternal grandfather) †
Isidore Levinson (maternal grandfather) †
Martha Levinson (maternal grandmother)
Harold Levinson (maternal uncle)
Rosamund Painswick (paternal aunt)
Marmaduke Painswick (paternal marital uncle) †
Mirada Pelham (mother-in-law)
Reginald Crawley (third cousin once removed) †
Isobel Grey (paternal third cousin-in-law once removed by Isobel's first marriage)
Matthew Crawley (paternal fourth cousin/brother-in-law) †
Tom Branson (brother-in-law)
Henry Talbot (brother-in-law)
Sybbie Branson (niece)
George Crawley (nephew)
Unknown Talbot (nephew/niece)
Roberta (paternal great-aunt)
Gordon (paternal great-uncle)
Susan MacClare (paternal first cousin once removed)
Hugh MacClare (paternal first cousin-in-law once removed)
Rose Aldridge (paternal second cousin)
Atticus Aldridge (paternal second cousin-in-law)
Victoria Rachel Cora Aldridge (paternal second cousin once removed)
Cousin Freddie (cousin; maternal or paternal)
Affiliation
Occupation Journalist
Loyalty Downton Abbey
The Sketch
Crawley Family
Michael Gregson (lover) †
Laura Edmunds
Herbert Pelham
Anthony Strallan (formerly)
Marigold
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by Laura Carmichael
"The fact is, I'd like a life!"
—to Lady Rosamund Painswick[src]

Edith Pelham (née Crawley), Marchioness of Hexham(b. 1892[1]) is the second daughter of Robert and Cora Crawley, sister of Ladies Mary, and the late Sybil, granddaughter of Violet Crawley, sister-in-law of Tom Branson, Henry Talbot, and the late Matthew Crawley; and the aunt to her niece, Sybbie Branson, and her nephew, George Crawley. Her father's sister, Lady Rosamund Painswick and her deceased husband Marmaduke Painswick are Edith's aunt and uncle. Also, her mother's brother, Harold Levinson, is her uncle. She is second cousins with Lady Rose Aldridge, Rose's sister Lady Annabelle and James MacClare, Earl of Newtonmore, and her second cousin-in-law is Rose's husband Atticus Aldridge, and her first-cousin-once-removed is Rose's mother, Susan MacClare, wife of Hugh MacClare, Marquess of Flintshire. She has a daughter, Marigold, by her deceased lover, Michael Gregson. In 1925, she married Herbert Pelham, 7th Marquess of Hexham.

Physical AppearanceEdit

Edith has strawberry blonde waves, delicate lips, a light complexion, a long nose and a slim figure. Although she is not considered as beautiful as her sisters, Mary Talbot and Sybil Branson and her second cousin Rose Aldridge, She is always glamorous and fashionable, particularly in the later seasons.

PersonalityEdit

Edith's greatest struggle in life has been to stand out and be appreciated for her own talents. Of four prospective romantic relationships (Patrick, Strallan, Gregson and Bertie Pelham), each failed to materialize into something happy or lasting, until Bertie Pelham. It has gotten to the point where she is described as 'Poor Edith,' due to the amount of suffering and heartache she goes through. However, this finally ended when Edith married Bertie Pelham, the new Marquess of Hexham when he apologized for his behaviour and asked her to give him another chance. Years of resentment have built a fierce rivalry between her and her sister Mary to whom she displays her mean, jealous, and cruel side.

However, Edith is a survivor (if something of a notoriously bad planner) and she continues to dream of a life filled with love and a family of her own and remains in pursuit of that. While concerned about class distinctions, like every woman of her status in that era would be, Edith has never let them stop her, in between attempts to help others or prove her worth. She learns how to drive and volunteers at the Drake family farm, tends to the wounded as head of non-medical welfare when Downton Abbey is a convalescent home, fought to have William Mason brought to Downton and then attended to him in his dying days, and wrote a popular editorial column before eventually running the magazine despite protests from her family. Years of change and loss have seen a softening of Lady Edith. She is less snobbish and more devoted to her family, even going as far as to make greater efforts to have a happier relationship with Mary which they do to some extent.

After taking over The Sketch magazine business, she has become much more independent and involved with affairs outside Downton Abbey. Due to disagreements with her chief editor, she has learned to be more assertive and more savvy about the business world.

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Quotes Edit

Spoken by Lady EdithEdit

  • "Marigold is my daughter..." - Reluctantly to Herbert Pelham
  • "I know you! I know you to be a nasty, jealous, scheming b*tch!!" - to her sister Lady Mary Crawley over revealing the truth about Edith's strong motherly connection to young Marigold.
  • "I'm always a failure in this family" - on her place in the Crawley family.
  • "I love him. I'd accept him in a trice if it weren't for Marigold" - to her mother, Cora, on Herbert Pelham.
  • "The fact is, I'd like a life" - to Lady Rosamund Painswick.
  • "Because, in the end, you're my sister. And one day only we will remember Sybil, or Mama or Papa, or Matthew or Michael, or Grannie or Carson, or any of the others that have peopled our youth, until at last our shared memories will mean more than our mutual dislike." -to Mary
  • "I know now I need a purpose."
  • "I refuse to be defeate by a petulant and overweight tyrrant!" -about firing her editor.

About Lady EdithEdit

  • "So are you planning to get things settled with Lady Edith before you leave?"- Mary to Bertie.
  • "I don't think I can spend my life with someone I can't trust."- Bertie
  • "But Edith is damaged goods! I do not dislike her, but she's ruled herself out of the running; and what is more, she knows it!" -Mrs Pelham to her son about Edith having bore an illgitemate child.
  • "Just love him. I won't be incontent with that." -Mrs. Pelham to her daughter-in-law
  • "Edith is about as mysterious as a bucket!" -Lady Mary to Lord Grantham.
  • "Edith dear, you're a woman with a brain, and reasonable ability. Stop whining, and find something to do!" -Granny Violet to Edith

NotesEdit

Robert: "Poor old Edith. We never seem to talk about her."
Cora: "I'm afraid Edith will be the one to take care of us in our old age."
Robert: "Oh, what a ghastly prospect!"
— Edith's parents discussing their middle daughter.[src]
  • Edith is the only one of Lord Grantham's daughters to hold a title, Marchioness of Hexham. Mary would have held the title of Countess of Grantham had her first husband Matthew lived to succeed her father.
  • Edith's full title is The Most Honourable Lady Edith Pelham, Marchioness of Hexham (and any other subsidiary titles Bertie has). The Most Honourable comes from her husband (she was born as The Right Honourable as the daughter of an Earl and then took Bertie's status on marriage), the Lady comes from her father as she is the daughter of the Earl of Grantham and it is hers by right for life as it is a courtesy title. Marchioness of Hexham is the female title of her husband's title.

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • Different sources have identified Edith's middle name as either Violet or Josephine, but neither has been officially confirmed. Mary's middle name is Josephine, so likely, Edith's is Violet.
  • Edith Crawley as a character, as well as her romance with Gregson, have been compared to Charlotte Brontë's classic novel, Jane Eyre.[3]

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External LinksEdit

  1. Roaring Twenties, They Were Terrible Says Downton Star Laura Carmichael at The Standard
  2. Edith is the new Jane Eyre at An American at Downton Blog

ReferencesEdit

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