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Lady Shackleton
Biographical information
Marital status Widowed
Residence England
Physical information
Gender Female
Height 5'8" (1,73 m)
Hair colour Dark
Eye colour Brown
Family information
Family Hubert, Lord Shackleton (husband†)

Philip, Lord Shackleton (son)
Philip's wife, Lady Shackleton (daughter-in-law)

Loyalty Violet Crawley
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by Harriet Walter
Lady Shackleton is an old friend of Violet Crawley.[1]

Background Edit

Lady Shackleton met Violet Crawley during her school days. She married a man called Hubert with whom she had at least two children[2] of whom one was a son called Philip who married a woman that Lady Shackleton was not particularly fond of. She even tells Violet she would gladly trade her own daughter-in-law for Cora.

She has seen Lord Merton at a number of dinner parties, though they never officially met until 1924 and she last saw him at "dear Lady Merton's Funeral".


Violet invites her to Downton in 1924 and they have luncheon at the Dower House along with Edith Crawley. Violet also invited Joseph Molesley to help serve at their luncheon, under the pretence he might be hired by Lady Shackleton as her butler (since he himself had been out of a job following the death of Matthew Crawley, and had been unsuccessful in finding another), her previous butler having recently retired.

Unfortunately, Violet's own butler Spratt thought Molesley was trying to take his own job, and his attempts to sabotage Molesley's attempts left Lady Shackleton unimpressed, believing Molesley had not been properly trained.

After Isobel expresses disinterest in the attentions of Lord Merton, Violet invites her old friend to a luncheon along with Isobel and Dr Clarkson (in the hope to turn Merton's interests away from Isobel).

Appearances Edit

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

References Edit

  1. Downton Abbey and Maggie Smith prove daunting for Harriet Walter, Tim Walker, The Telegraph, 8th March, 2013.
  2. She tells Lord Merton that "The children are in the house now" in Episode 5.01

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