Winifred Dudley Ward
Marquesa de Casa Maury
Freda Dudley Ward
Biographical information
Born 28 July 1894
Died 16 March 1983
Marital status Married to William Dudley Ward (later married to Pedro Jose Isidro Manuel Ricardo Mones)
Residence Maida Vale, London, England
Physical information
Gender Female
Hair colour Dark brown
Family information
Family Colonel Charles Wilfred Birkin (father)
Claire Lloyd Howe (mother)
Sir Thomas Isaac Birkin (paternal grandfather)
Penelope Ann Rachel Dudley Ward (daughter)
Claire Angela Louise Dudley Ward (daughter)
William Dudley Ward (first husband)
Pedro Jose Isidro Manuel Ricardo Mones, Marques de Casa Maury (second husband)
Occupation Mistress to the Prince of Wales (1918-1923)
Loyalty Prince of Wales
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by Janet Montgomery

Winifred "Freda" Dudley Ward (28 July, 1894 – 16 March, 1983), born Winifred May Birkin, was an English socialite best known for being a mistress of the Prince of Wales.


Freda Dudley Ward was the second child in her family and the eldest of three sisters. Her paternal grandfather, Sir Thomas Birkin, was a textile magnate.

She married William Dudley Ward in 1913. Though Ward was his family surname, Dudley Ward officially became their surname through common usage.

2013 Christmas SpecialEdit

She meets Rose MacClare in 1923. After a discussion between them involving the prince, Terence Sampson steals a letter from the prince to Mrs Dudley Ward from her handbag. When Mrs Dudley Ward finds out that the letter is gone, she goes to Rose asking for help.

Lord Grantham is upset with this theft, but resolves to preserve the monarchy's good name. Eventually the letter is retrieved.

Mrs Dudley Ward appears to have some sort of relationship with Charles Blake, to whom she talks during a ball at Grantham House, regarding his feelings for Mary Crawley. He even refers to her by her first name.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • Like the Crawley sisters, Freda Dudley Ward is the daughter of an English father and an American mother.
  • Mrs Dudley Ward's grand-daughter Tracy was the first wife of actor Edward Fox, the elder brother of James Fox, who portrays Lord Aysgarth.


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