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Sarah Bunting
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Biographical information
Marital status Single
Residence Downton, Yorkshire, England
Title(s) Miss Bunting
Physical information
Gender Female
Hair colour Auburn
Family information
Family Mother and father[1]
Affiliation
Occupation Schoolteacher
Loyalty Liberal Party

Tom Branson

Behind the scenes
Portrayed by Daisy Lewis

Miss Sarah Bunting is a schoolteacher in Downton. She teaches language, spelling, and mathematics.

BiographyEdit

Series 4Edit

Tom Branson meets Sarah at a political rally in Ripon. Initially she does not allow him to sit next to her, but eventually she does. While MP John Ward speaks, they discuss their viewpoints. 

Sarah meets Tom again with Isobel Crawley. She remarks she is not convinced by his Socialism (which he mentioned before) because she did not know at the time of the rally he was the agent and son-in-law of "our local milord." Isobel defends Tom as a keen political thinker who is not afraid to question his beliefs. Sarah describes Isobel's words as eloquent and that she would stay to argue but she would be late for work at the school.

Sarah meets Tom again when he finds her on the road with a flat tire. A friend of hers has already gone for help, but Tom decides to help himself. She is impressed that he is actually out on business, under the impression that when an estate's agent is a relation he gets free shooting while others do the work.

Tom then remarks she knows some of his story but not all of it, revealing that when he first came to Downton it was to be the chauffeur. Her interest in him is sparked more, and she asks him if he was still the chauffeur when he got married. He says it was a long story, and she remarks, "Everything with you is a long story."

Sarah is aware Tom's wife died, and expresses her sympathy for Sybil's passing. She notes that Sybil must have been a very unusual and independent person, to which Tom says "You can say that again." Sarah thinks it was nice that the family let him stay at Downton and make a life there (which Tom thought was right at the time considering his daughter). She remarks that it gives her a kinder view toward the Crawley family, because as a "rule" of hers, she does not warm up to their type. Tom tells her before she finally leaves he believes in people, not types.

Later she attends a bazaar at Downton, meeting Tom again and his daughter. Beforehand she was there helping set up, remarking to Tom how he was being used as a beast of burden by the family. Then he introduces her to his mother-in-law, who is also busy helping out. Cora is kind to her, and after walking away, Sarah remarks "So that's the great Countess of Grantham." Tom tells her yes, and that Lady Grantham is another beast of burden, countering Sarah's earlier remark.

2013 Christmas SpecialEdit

In 1923, Tom is showing Sarah the upper floors of Downton when they run into Thomas Barrow. Barrow informs Lord Grantham of what he saw, and Lord Grantham asks about her to Tom during a poker game.

She meets Violet for the first time, who looks upon her disapprovingly.

Series 5 Edit

Sarah and Tom meet again at an awards ceremony at the Downton school, attended also by Edith Crawley and Rose MacClare. Seeing that Tom appears to be interested in Miss Bunting, Rose plans to invite her to Robert and Cora's wedding anniversary dinner as a surprise for Tom. Sarah is apprehensive about coming, as she is not an aristocrat herself, but Rose manages to get her to come.

Unfortuntely, Sarah speaks rudely to Kitty Colthurst and also to Robert. She disapproves of the war memorial because the war accomplished little. Isobel and Tom come to her defense when Robert becomes really upset with Sarah. She then insists on going downstairs to meet the servants. Tom escorts her, but later after Isobel gives Sarah a lift home Tom apologizes for arguing with Robert.

Robert tells Tom he is worried Sarah will take him backwards into the "role of rebel and hater" after Tom expresses how Sarah's views make him think of how he used to feel. Tom assures her he does not hate anyone in the family, including him, and that he and Sarah were never lovers (referring to when Barrow saw them during the London season).

Sarah begins to assist Daisy with her mathematical studies at Mrs Patmore's suggestion. She also tells Tom that he has a future but not with "these people". She even hints at a bit of admiration for Tom's wife, saying that from what he's told her of Sybil she was, in Sarah's words "unique" in the family, "free from prejudice" and "narrow thinking". Sarah asks Tom to remember that he was the one who encouraged her to "run" for freedom.

Unfortunately Robert grows ever more displeased with Tom's relationship with Bunting, even going so far as to call her a "harpy".

QuotesEdit

  • "You needn't always do as the Romans do." -- to Tom 

Behind the scenes Edit

  • According to actress Daisy Lewis, Sarah's first love in life is her work, which will complicate a possible romance with Tom Branson.

AppearancesEdit

Appearances and Mentions
   
Series 4 Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 5 Episode 6 Episode 7
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Episode 8
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Christmas Special
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Series 5 Episode 1
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Episode 2
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Episode 3
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Episode 4
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Episode 5
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Episode 6 Episode 7 Episode 8 Christmas Special

External Links Edit

  1. Don't call me feisty, warns Downton Abbey actress Daisy Lewis at The Telegraph

References Edit

  1. By virtue of her existence, she must have a mother and father, even if, currently, their status is unknown.

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