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Tom Branson
Tom
Biographical information
Born September 1884 - September 1885[1] (age 41/42)
Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland[2]
Marital status Widower of Lady Sybil Branson (née Crawley)
Residence Downton Abbey, Downton, Yorkshire
Boston, Massachusetts, United States (formerly)
Dublin, Ireland (formerly)
Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland (formerly)
Title(s) Tom
Branson
Mr Branson
The Chauffeur
A grubby little chauffeur chap (by Larry Grey)
Sir
The Firebrand (by Molesley)
Tommy (by Kieran Branson)
Daddy (by Miss Sybil Branson)
Physical information
Gender Male
Height 5'10½" (1,79 m)
Hair colour Light Brown
Eye colour Blue
Family information
Immediate Sybil Branson (wife) †
Sybbie Branson (daughter)
Kieran Branson (brother)
Mrs Branson (mother)
Mr Branson (father)
Extended
Grandfather[3]
Cousin †
Cousin (in Boston)
Nuala (cousin)
Robert Crawley (father-in-law)
Cora Crawley (mother-in-law)
Mary Talbot (sister-in-law)
Edith Crawley (sister-in-law)
Henry Talbot (brother-in-law)
Herbert Pelham (brother-in-law)
Violet Crawley (grandmother-in-law)
Patrick Crawley (grandfather-in-law) †
Rosamund Painswick (aunt-in-law)
Matthew Crawley (brother-in-law) †
Martha Levinson (grandmother-in-law)
Isidore Levinson (grandfather-in-law) †
Harold Levinson (uncle-in-law)
Isobel Crawley (cousin-in-law)
George Crawley (nephew)
Marigold (niece)
Affiliation
Occupation Chauffeur (formerly)
Journalist (formerly)
Manager of the Downton Estate
Co-owner of Talbot and Branson Motors
Loyalty Sybil Branson
Sybbie Branson
Branson family
Crawley family
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by Allen Leech
"The one thing you will never understand about Tom is that he's not a snob! He's less interested in all that than anyone else under this roof!"
Lady Grantham to her husband about their son-in-law.[src]
Tom[4] Branson, (born between September 1884 and September 1885[1]), is the former chauffeur and the current estate manager for Downton Abbey. He is an Irish socialist and a member of the Branson family. He is the husband of the late Lady Sybil Branson, with whom he had one child, a daughter, whom he named after his wife. Through his marriage he became the son-in-law of Robert Crawley and his wife, Cora. He is also brother-in-law to Matthew, Lady Mary, Lady Edith Crawley, Henry Talbot, and Herbert Pelham; and through them he has a nephew and niece. He has at least one brother, Kieran.

Biography Edit

Personality Edit

Tom Branson's main interests are history and politics, something which amuses Robert at first but leads to regret when Tom influences his youngest daughter, Sybil to rebel. By the time of the war, Tom believes Sybil is in love with him, but that she is too scared to admit it. He is very persistent and blunt in the early seasons; Sybil tells Mary that he is frightfully full of himself.

Tom takes great pride in his Irish heritage and his Catholic faith. He has a good heart and is deeply saddened when he hears that the Tsar’s family have all been shot, but he believes in progress and thinks that sometimes the future needs terrible sacrifices in order to get better. Tom appears to be well-read and loves reading. He knows what he wants and will wait for however long it takes to get it. He also has a strong will and is not easily swayed when tempted, such as when Travis and Robert oppose him over his daughter's christening or when Edna tried to blackmail him. He has been proven at times to be easily manipulated, as he is very conscientious. For example, when Edna seduced him and tried to make him feel he was responsible, he later remarked to Mrs Hughes it was all his fault; she corrected him by saying that it was only partly his fault.

When he was the chauffeur, he did not appear to have made any close friends at Downton other than Sybil, although he seemed to have a cordial relationship with most of the staff, many of whom later seemed unsure about how to treat him after his change in status; most continued to treat him with respect. Over time, he grew extremely close to people upstairs, especially Mary, Cora, and Isobel and found a good friend in downstairs' Mrs Hughes. Tom was initially against the English and aristocrats, but by 1922, as he tells Sarah Bunting, he does not believe in types, but in people. He notes that he no longer sees things only in black and white. Nevertheless, he does not consider himself one of the aristocracy.

Relationships Edit

Quotes Edit

Sybil: "It seems rather unlikely: a revolutionary chauffeur."
Branson: "I'm a socialist, not a revolutionary and I won't always be a chauffeur."
— Sybil and Branson discuss political ideologies.[src]
"In fact I have great pride in the love of that young woman and I will strive to be worthy of it."
Sybil: "I hope you do go into politics; it's a fine ambition."
Branson: "Ambition or dream?"
— Sybil and Branson in 1914.[src]
"Look, it comes down to whether or not you love me! That's all! That's it! The rest is detail."
to Sybil.
"Sometimes a hard sacrifice must be made for a future that's worth having."
—to Sybil.
"I'd wait forever."
—to Sybil.
"I´m sorry but I can´t change into someone else just to please you."
—to his in-laws during his first upstairs dinner at Downton Abbey.
"We all live in a harsh world, but at least I know I do."
—to Robert Crawley.
"You won't be happy with anyone else as long as Lady Mary walks the earth.

I know what I'll call you if you let this chance slip through your fingers."

—to Matthew Crawley.
"But Sybil will be Catholic. My daughter is Irish, and she'll be Catholic, like her father."
—Tom.
"I'll not be separated from her. She's all I have left of her mother."
—speaking of his daughter.
"Every man or woman who marries into this house, every child born into it, has to put their gifts at the family's disposal."
—to Robert Crawley.

NotesEdit

  • Tom has more than one cousin, for despite telling Sybil he "lost a cousin", he later tells Matthew that he can "get a cousin from Ireland" to look after baby Sybbie for him, meaning he has more than one. The cousin who died was male, and since he said he could hire a woman or "get a cousin from Ireland" it is possible he may have at least one female cousin. He also mentions in 1924 that he has another male cousin living in Boston.
  • Mary asked Tom "The brother who's coming to stay?" to confirm if Tom was talking about Kieran when he mentioned he originally would be moving in with him, so it might be possible he has more than one brother.
  • Tom is identified as being younger than his brother Kieran at tv.tropes.org, but this fact has not been officially confirmed.
  • It is unknown if his father and grandfather are still alive; Tom was old enough to remember visiting his pa grandfather and seeing the sheep he raised. It is unknown if this grandfather is his maternal or paternal grandfather.
  • Tom mentions that his mother thinks him foolish with his plans to marry Sybil, and later that Sybil would stay with his mother until the banns were read prior to their marriage in Ireland.
  • The credits for all episodes from Episode 1.03 to Episode 2.08 list him as "Tom Branson" as opposed to "Thomas Branson".
  • Tom and Sybbie return in Episode 6.03 with news that they are moving back to Downton for good.

AppearancesEdit

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Series 1 Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4
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External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 In Episode 3.07, when discussing Tom becoming the agent, Cora says that he and Matthew are "the same age" - Matthew was born in 1885, so Tom has to be born between September 1884 and September 1885.
  2. Episode 4.03
  3. Tom mentioned his grandfather in Episode 3.06 and Episode 3.07.
  4. The credits for all episodes from Episode 1.03 to Episode 2.08 list him as "Tom Branson" as opposed to "Thomas Branson".The official Downton Abbey script books also list him as Tom Branson in the cast list.
  5. Episode 4.03
  6. The wedding of Matthew and Lavinia is stated as being in April; Episode #2.8 starts in April 1919 as shown with the opening credits. It is 3 day before the wedding of Matthew and Lavinia as mention by Lady Mary in the opening scene. Shortly after Lavinia falls victim to the Spanish Flu and dies. This indicates that Lavinia died in April of 1919 so Sybil and Branson were married sometime between April and December 1919.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Tom Branson

  • How does Tom call Lord and Lady Grantham ?

    6 messages
    • I found a scene that might give us a clue as to how Tom may have addressed his in-laws. At the beginning of S5e9, the family is sitting...
    • Also there is an epsiode, where Violet Crawley(Old lady grantham) is driving past Tom and ms bunting. S he stops and tell shes going to ro...
  • Tom's future

    24 messages
    • Henry Talbot has as much of a real job as Tom does, and Mary runs the estate: if she can keep that afloat that will survive both the crash ...
    • Tom's character is definitely likeable. We like his strong values but also his softer side and like Edith said "Tom the peacemaker...

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