| Evelyn Napier |
|Title(s)||The Honorable Evelyn Napier|
|Military career||Great War veteran|
|Family|| Viscount Branksome (father)
|Occupation||Son and Heir of Viscount Branksome|
|Behind the scenes|
|Portrayed by||Brendan Patricks|
Mary Crawley's fiance Patrick has died and she has no interest in new heir Matthew Crawley. Lady Cora learning that he has written to Mary and is staying nearby with friends tells her to invite him to Downton. She later discusses him with Lord Grantham and his mother, Dowager Countess Violet. They all agree that Evelyn Napier is considered a good match for her, and that the Napiers are wealthy. Mary is to write and invite him to Downton Abbey for an hunt, and Mary is to ride out with him. Evelyn asks the Crawleys if he may invite Kemal Pamuk, his friend from the Turkish embassy to join him, as he is interested in seeing an English fox hunt.
Initially he had been asked to take on the task of squiring Turkish diplomat Kemal Pamuk in English society as a duty, but Evelyn found that he liked him more and more, the longer he knew him. Evelyn is very fond of Mary, but he is overshadowed in his pursuit of her attention by the handsome and charming Pamuk, who monopolizes her attention. The next morning Kemal is found dead in his bed and Napier is greatly saddened by his friend's death.
As for Mary, he realizes that she finds him boring and, therefore, decides not to pursue her romantically any further. He joins Cora as she is walking on the estate grounds and tells her the that while he does not consider himself a very interesting person, he feels that his future wife should think him so.
Evelyn is the first person to alert Mary of a rumor circulating about her and Pamuk. He feels somewhat responsible for Mary's social problems, because he had brought Pamuk to Downton, and the scandal would not have happened, otherwise. To make up for this debt he believed he owed, he called in favors and found out that the source of these rumors are from her sister Edith, who had written a letter to the Turkish ambassador.
Mary later mentions receiving a letter from Evelyn that he was injured fighting in the First World War and requesting that he be brought from Middlesbrough to Downton Abbey to recover.
Series FourEditEvelyn returns to Downton in 1922. Mary is happy to see him again. He tells her he is working on a government project regarding the rural economy, part of which involves assessing estates' survival following the Great War. Napier assures Mary, Robert, and Cora that Downton is not one of those in danger. But Mary still would like his and his colleagues' opinions on their management. The family insists he stay there while working, rather than a hotel in Ripon he was considering. Although hesitant at first, Evelyn accepts the invitation. Edith is the first to wonder if he is still in pursuit of Mary.
He returns to Downton shortly afterward, accompanied by his boss, Charles Blake. Mary expresses hopes that they are primarily there to advise the estate on how to endure. However, Blake replies "not quite" as they are in fact only concerned with drafting a report about their effect on the overall economy. Mary and Blake begin to exchange nasty remarks. She later remarks to Napier, "You seem to have brought a traitor into our midst."
Napier however insists Blake is not a traitor. Mary then calls Blake an "enemy." Blake also makes some disrespectful remarks about Mary and her heritage, which visibly upset Evelyn. Later, when Blake's feelings for Mary begin to change and Lord Gillingham arrives, Evelyn notes the increased competition for her affections.
Evelyn loves Mary, having pursued her in 1912 and then again in 1922.
Evelyn grows to like Kemal after they spend time together, but is upset when Kemal steals Mary's attention.
Charles is Evelyn's boss and they get along well, but a wedge is driven between them over their opinions of Mary.
|Appearances and Mentions|
|Series 1||Episode 1||Episode 2|
|Episode 4||Episode 5|
|Episode 6||Episode 7|
|Series 2||Episode 1||Episode 2||Episode 3|
|Episode 4||Episode 5||Episode 6||Episode 7||Episode 8||Christmas Special|
|Series 3||Episode 1||Episode 2||Episode 3||Episode 4||Episode 5||Episode 6||Episode 7||Episode 8||Christmas Special|
Behind the scenes Edit
Evelyn Napier is a character I like; he pops up in two or three episodes, mainly being decent and good, but never showy. Brendan Patricks plays him with diffidence and skill, and I find him very beguiling. I am not sure we’ve seen the last of him, actually - Julian Fellowes