Dame Nellie Melba
Biographical information
Born Helen "Nellie" Porter Mitchell
19 May 1861
Died 23 February 1931
Physical information
Gender Female
Hair colour Brown
Family information
Family David Mitchell (father)
Isabella Mitchell née Dow (mother)
Occupation Opera Singer
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by Kiri Te Kanawa

Dame Nellie Melba, a renowned Australian operatic soprano, is invited to a party at Downton Abbey which is meant to help lift the spirits of Lady Mary Crawley, who is still mourning for her husband.[1]

She later sings Puccini for the rest of the party, getting praise from Violet, who says she prefers Puccini to other composers. While she is singing, downstairs Anna Bates is assaulted by Green, valet to another guest, Lord Gillingham, so no one hears the commotion.

When Nellie dines at Downton, Carson is rather uncomfortable that a performer is sitting at the table. Trouble happens when Melba is stuffed into separate guest quarters by Lord Grantham, who does not know how to greet a singer. Cora eventually escorts Melba into the hall after settling things with her husband.

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

Behind the scenes Edit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Kiri Te Kanawa reduced Downton cast to tears, Victoria Ward, The Telegraph, 13th August, 2013.

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