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This is the page for Lady Sybil Branson, daughter of Lord and Lady Grantham. For her daughter, see Miss Sybil Branson.

Sybil Cora Branson née Crawley
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Biographical information
Born Between August/September and December 1895
Died May 1920, Downton Abbey, Yorkshire (aged 24)[1]
Marital status Married to Tom Branson
Residence Downton Abbey, Downton, Yorkshire, England
(formerly, before marriage and before death)

Branson Household, Dublin, Ireland (formerly, before death)

Title(s) Lady Sybil
Lady Sybil Branson
Milady
My lady
Love and darling (by Tom Branson)
Lady Sybil Crawley
Miss Sybil Crawley
Miss Sybil
Nurse Crawley
Physical information
Gender Female
Height 5'5" (1,65 m)
Hair colour Dark Brown
Eye colour Blue
Family information
Immediate Tom Branson (husband)
Sybbie Branson (daughter)
Robert Crawley (father)
Cora Crawley (mother)
Mary Talbot (sister)
Edith Pelham (sister)
Extended
Violet Crawley (paternal grandmother)
Patrick Crawley (paternal grandfather)
Cousin Freddie (cousin; maternal or paternal)
Roberta (paternal grandaunt)
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)
Isidore Levinson (maternal grandfather) †
Martha Levinson (maternal grandmother)
Harold Levinson (maternal uncle)
Rosamund Painswick (paternal aunt)
Marmaduke Painswick (paternal uncle by marriage) †
Reginald Crawley (third cousin once removed) †
Matthew Crawley (fourth cousin/brother-in-law) †
Isobel Grey (third cousin-in-law once removed by Isobel's first marriage)
Henry Talbot (brother-in-law)
Herbert Pelham (brother-in-law)
George Crawley (nephew)
Marigold (niece)
Unknown Talbot (nephew/niece)
Mr Branson (father-in-law)
Mrs Branson (mother-in-law)
Kieran Branson (brother-in-law)
Affiliation
Occupation Nurse
Loyalty Tom Branson
Crawley family
Gwen Dawson
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by Jessica Brown-Findlay
"...I think she was unique in this family. Free of prejudice, free from narrow thinking."
Sarah Bunting about Sybil.[src]

Lady Sybil Cora Branson[2] (née Crawley) (b. Between August/September and December[3] 1895[4] — August/September 1920[5]) was the youngest daughter of Robert and Cora Crawley, the Earl and Countess of Grantham and the younger sister of Lady Mary and Lady Edith. By her sister Mary, she was the sister-in-law of Matthew Crawley and the aunt of George Crawley. She would also be the maternal aunt to Marigold by her second eldest sister, Edith. She was married to Tom Branson, with whom she had her one and only child, a daughter named after her, Sybil Branson.

Personality Edit

Sybil was described by Mrs Hughes as "the sweetest spirit under this roof." Sweet tempered, caring, and politically ambitious, Sybil was liked by everyone, despite her differences in beliefs and interests. She did not believe in social expectations and treated the staff as her equals. Sybil was very compassionate, helping the servant Gwen with her dream to become a secretary. Sybil always treated others with kindness and respect, even when she was not obligated to do so.

Physical Appearance Edit

"My beauty, my baby."
—Cora saying her last words to Sybil on her death bed.[src]

Sybil was very beautiful, her beauty rivalling that of her elder sister Mary. Sybil shared a few physical traits with Mary, one being their lovely dark hair, and shaped eyebrows. Sybil had pale pink full lips, silver blue eyes and a voluptuous figure.

BiographyEdit

RelationshipsEdit

QuotesEdit

"No one ever learned anything from a governess except for French, and how to curtsy."
—Lady Sybil on women going to school and the inefficiency of governesses.[src]
"I'm interested! I'm political! I have opinions!"
—Episode 1.06
"We can just lie back and look at the stars."
—to her husband[src]
"I don't know why we bother with corsets. Men don't wear them, and they look perfectly normal in their clothes."
—to her sister, Mary Crawley
"I think it's terrific that people make their own lives. Especially women."
—to housemaid Gwen Dawson
"I know what it is to work now. To have a full day, to be tired in a good way. I don't want to start dress fittings or paying calls or standing behind the guns."
—to her sister, Edith Crawley
"I can't just stand by while they give their lives."
—to Isobel Crawley, expressing her need to do something.
"It's doing nothing that's the enemy."
—to her sister, Edith Crawley
"We need peace, and safety. Downton can offer us both."
—to her husband Tom Branson on why they should stay at Downton Abbey.

Notes Edit

  • It is likely that Sybil's marriage was a Catholic one, and that she attended Catholic mass while living in Ireland with Tom (given that she describes Catholic traditions such as feast days and deadly sins to Mary in episode 3.05), but that she herself did not convert to Catholicism after marrying Tom. However neither has been confirmed.

Behind the scenes Edit

  • Jessica Brown-Findlay, who played Sybil, made the decision not to renew her three-season contract with Downton Abbey, so Julian Fellowes decided to write Brown-Findlay's character out of the show[9].
  • Different sources have identified Sybil's middle name as either Patricia[10] or Cora[11]. For a while, neither was confirmed, until her grave reading "Sybil Cora Branson" appeared in Episode 6.08.

Appearances Edit

Appearances and Mentions
Series 1 Episode 1
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Episode 2
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Episode 4
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Episode 8
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Christmas Special
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Series 3 Episode 1
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Series 6 Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4
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References Edit

  1. Died of Preeclampsia which is a complication after birth
  2. Her grave confirms her middle name: Sybil's Grave
  3. August or September1920<ref>Sybbie was born - and Lady Sybil died - in August or September 1920; we can infer this from Robert's words of "Tennessee is going to ratify the 19th Amendment." in Episode 3.04. The ratification of the amendment happened on August 18th, 1920. This means that Episode 3.04 is set before August 18th when the Amendment was ratified. This also means, as the 2012 Christmas Special is setin September 1921, that Sybbie must have been born after the 18th of August - as that is after 3.04 and the ratification of the amendment - and on or before the 30th of September 1920 - which is a year before the events of the 2012 Christmas Special. As well as this, September is the end of the cricket season - which spans from May to September in the UK - and Cricket is played in Episode 3.08, thus it cannot be after 30th September, as that was the end of the cricket season in 1920. Also, in December of 1919, (Season 2 CS) Cora receives a letter from Lady Sybil notifying her that she (Cora) was to become a grandmother. At this point it is not clear how far Sybil's pregnancy is along. However, episode 3.01 takes place in "spring 1920" which would be mid March at earliest, and mid June at latest, and when Lady Sybil is shown, her stomach is just as flat as it was before. If the costumes and everything was done realistically, we could conclude that she had not been pregnant for more than 4 months (otherwise the baby would start to show). Based on this information, we can infer that by Mary and Matthew's wedding took place in either March or April, and Lady Sybil was either 3 or 4 months along. This leads us to the conclusion that she gave birth and died in either August or September 1920.
  4. Downton Abbey: The Complete Scripts, Season One, by Julian Fellowes, states that Mary is 21 in 1912, that Edith is 20 and that Sybil is 17.
  5. August or September1920<ref>Sybbie was born - and Lady Sybil died - in August or September 1920; we can infer this from Robert's words of "Tennessee is going to ratify the 19th Amendment." in Episode 3.04. The ratification of the amendment happened on August 18th, 1920. This means that Episode 3.04 is set before August 18th when the Amendment was ratified. This also means, as the 2012 Christmas Special is setin September 1921, that Sybbie must have been born after the 18th of August - as that is after 3.04 and the ratification of the amendment - and on or before the 30th of September 1920 - which is a year before the events of the 2012 Christmas Special. As well as this, September is the end of the cricket season - which spans from May to September in the UK - and Cricket is played in Episode 3.08, thus it cannot be after 30th September, as that was the end of the cricket season in 1920. Also, in December of 1919, (Season 2 CS) Cora receives a letter from Lady Sybil notifying her that she (Cora) was to become a grandmother. At this point it is not clear how far Sybil's pregnancy is along. However, episode 3.01 takes place in "spring 1920" which would be mid March at earliest, and mid June at latest, and when Lady Sybil is shown, her stomach is just as flat as it was before. If the costumes and everything was done realistically, we could conclude that she had not been pregnant for more than 4 months (otherwise the baby would start to show). Based on this information, we can infer that by Mary and Matthew's wedding took place in either March or April, and Lady Sybil was either 3 or 4 months along. This leads us to the conclusion that she gave birth and died in either August or September 1920.
  6. This link http://www.entertainmentwise.com/news/78611/Downton-Abbey-Star-Praises-Amazing-Shirley-MacLaine shows that Allen Leech, who plays Branson, has at least one scene with Martha, confirming that Martha will meet Sybil and Branson
  7. Pre-eclampsia
  8. Eclampsia
  9. Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes thought about killing of Matthew and Sybil in the same car crash.: By Ellie Walker-Arnott: Monday 16 November 2015 at 11:40AM.
  10. In Series One, when going to her dress fitting, Sybil's suitcase says S.P.C
  11. this link confirms the Cora.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Sybil Branson

  • Sybil's Birth Date

    3 messages
    • Good observation. Her tombstone inscription shown at the end of S6e8 says 1895-1920, so that's the canon. If we go by that, then Mary sho...
    • I think you'll find Lady Mary meant that Sybil is over 21 and therefore is an adult and can make up her own mind.
  • Sybil's middle name

    8 messages
    • On Sybil's grave marker, it is shown as Sybil Cora Branson.  See the final scene of Episode 8, when the children are playing aro...
    • 96.244.60.50 wrote: 64.26.116.245 wrote:That was never officially shown on the show - it's the same with Robert being the 5th or 7th Ea...

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