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May Bird
Mrs Bird
Biographical information
Marital status Single
Residence Crawley House, Yorkshire (formerly)
Physical information
Gender Female
Hair colour Brown
Eye colour Blue
Family information
Family Sister
Occupation Cook at Crawley House (formerly)
Loyalty Crawley Family (formerly)
Isobel Crawley (formerly)
Molesley (formerly)
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by Christine Lohr
May[1] Bird is the cook for Crawley House that Isobel and Matthew Crawley brought with them when they moved to Downton village from Manchester.

She temporarily becomes the cook at Downton Abbey, when Mrs Patmore must leave to go to Moorfields Eye Hospital in London to get surgery for her cataracts. Daisy tries to ruin Mrs Bird's cooking for the Granthams by putting soap in the pot, but Mrs Bird sensed something was wrong and lied to Daisy about which food was going to the family and which one was going for the servants' meal. When the meal is terrible in taste, she angrily accuses Daisy. But after Daisy confesses and explains why she did it, Mrs Bird forgives her, admiring Daisy's loyalty to Mrs Patmore. Later at a large party, when Mrs Patmore returns, both cooks work together to prepare the food and they even find themselves united in their belief that the cook should take precedence in the kitchen, even over Mrs Hughes, the housekeeper.

She and Crawley House's butler, Joseph Molesley, start a weekly soup kitchen for veterans and later get help from Mrs Patmore, Daisy Mason, Cora Crawley and O'Brien.

Mrs. Bird is horrified when Ethel Parks, the single mother who had resorted to prostitution for a living after the Great War is hired by Isobel. She tells Isobel that she cannot work in the same house with her, citing her defense of her good name. Mrs Bird may have expected Ethel to be fired, but instead Isobel accepts Mrs Bird's resignation. She went back to Manchester to stay with her sister. She wrote a letter to Molesley revealing why she left.


Appearances and Mentions
Series 1 Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 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

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