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Nanny West
Physical information
Gender Female
Occupation Nanny
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by Di Botcher[1]
"Don't let that chauffeur's daughter disturb you. Go back to sleep you wicked little cross-breed."
—Nanny West to George and Sybbie.
Nanny West was the governess and the nanny for George Crawley and his cousin Sybil "Sybbie" Branson until she was sacked in February 1922.

Nanny West makes an enemy of Thomas Barrow after telling him not to touch Sybbie when he says hello as they are out walking with Sybbie in a pram. She later tries to give him orders and he ignores her. After she tries to tell him his place - which she says is below her - Thomas gives a false report of her to Cora Crawley. Thomas tells Cora that Nanny West is neglecting the children and leaving them unsupervised. Cora later goes to check up on her due to this report and overhears Nanny West speaking very unkindly to Sybbie, calling her a "wicked little cross-breed."

Cora sacks her on the spot and tells her she must leave in the morning and that she is not to be left alone with the children for a moment.  Nanny West tries to insist she was playing a game and only joking, but Cora does not forgive her, insisting her "values have no place in a civilized home."

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 Downton Abbey Series 4 Press Pack, Page 3, ITV Press Centre, 12th Sept, 2013.

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