Downton Contest!

Jan 12, 2013 | This & That

I came back from Powells in Portand with two shopping bags of books and goodies to give away to all of you. All in all, I’ll be giving away four boxes of treasures, which willย  include autographed books from the signing, a Powells mug, a Downton t-shirt and bookmarks and such so you can have a virtual signing experience!

To Enter: Post a comment below and let me know who is your favorite character on Downton Abbey. That’s it. I’ll be collecting entries on Twitter and Facebook, so if you drop by over there, you can add to your chances to win. If you post on Twitter make sure to use my name (@ElizBoyle) in the tweet so I can track your entry.

Contest runs from January 12, 2013 through Midnight PST January 18, 2013. Winners will be announced here on the blog Saturday, January 19, 2013.


  1. Karen H in NC

    Oh, this is such a hard question because I love every character! But I think my favorite is Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham. I haven’t watched the first 2 episodes of Season 3 yet….I’ll do that tonight and I have to say I’m looking forward to watching Shirley MacLaine’s character clash with Lady Violet! Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. Monica V.

    It’s terrible to admit, but I haven’t watched the series yet. I do have the first two seasons ordered from my library, however there are 40 requests before me! From what I’ve read, Shirley MacLaine’s character is a hoot and I would probably enjoy that character.

  3. Sina Buckner

    I love Maggie Smith’s Character… The Dower Crowley. Love her one liners and whit!

  4. LaQuita Parks

    I have’t started watching it yet. I JUST got an internet connection with the capabilities to do it and will start using my Amazon Prime membership very soon to see. Can’t Wait!!!!!! Who is your favorite Elizabeth?

  5. Tai Smith

    Thanks for doing this! I love Downton Abbey although I only watched the first season this past December and have only seen a few of the episodes from season two and then the most recent. I like Mary a lot. She is a great complex character. But I have to say that my favorite character is Anna for her accepting and encouraging attitude.

  6. Jane

    I like an underdog, so I’ll go with Lady Edith. She doesn’t receive the attention her sisters receive.


    My favorite has to be Anna Smith, Head housemaid. She stands by her man. The hot Mr. Bates. FREE Mr. Bates.

  8. Margaret Peltier

    I love Violet! Thanks for the chance to win some goodies! Can’t wait for your new bok to be release in March!

  9. Elaine C.

    This is a thought-provoking question. The first season I loved Matthew and hated Mary.
    The second season I loved Anna and got very annoyed with Lord Grantham for starting a relationship with a servant IN HIS OWN HOUSE! Had she found out, Cora would have been devastated.
    This season Matthew seems really caught up with having broken Lavinia’s heart and not wanting to use her father’s legacy to save Downton. I feel he should never have gone forward with planning to marry Mary if he’s going to throw the past up in her face. I’m liking Mary better than Matthew this season. Anna is my favorite, though. I also liked the Dowager and Cora, the mother, though all three seasons. Cora has shown great strength after learning about her husband’s risky ventures. Maggie Smith’s character has also shown a lot of resilience and she’s funny.

  10. Karen L

    The Dowager Countess would be my favorite character.

  11. Cynthia Collins

    Another vote for the Dowager Countess! I’ve also been fond of Mary from the beginning, she seems so strong!

  12. SusanD

    The Dowager Countess gets my vote! I love her one-liners and her (though probably unknown to herself) dry humor ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Lisa

    That is a very hard question. Of the upstairs crowd, I love the Dowager and Mary. Downstairs, I love the cook, Mrs. Patmore and Mrs. Hughes.

  14. Melissa Porter

    Honestly I never have gotten into it. ๐Ÿ™
    Good luck to everyone.

  15. Stacy M.

    I haven’t watched DA, but I’m hearing more and more about it. It’s going on my wish list. I’ll have to see if I have some gift cards to use!

  16. Rebekah Yoder

    Most certainly The Dowager Countess Herself !

  17. Ivana Mitrovic

    Oh, definitely The Dowager Countess!

  18. Cate Sparks

    Dowager Countess…. Maggie Smith… she’s just perfect in that part!

  19. Elizabeth MacGregor

    I love Downton Abbey and Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham is my favourite character ~ Thank you for this wonderful opportunity ~

  20. Debbie

    I’m going to have to go with Bates. The mystery of his ex-wife’s death and Anna’s steadfast devotion provide such a wealth of story and character development. I’ve become a big fan of the actor. He had a smalll part in The Raven, but he is in North and South and the Candleford to Lark Rise series.

  21. Cindy Braden

    Love Carson and Mrs Hughes:) And of course the Dowager Countess!

  22. Kerri S

    They all do a great job with their characters – even the ones that you don’t like. But Maggie Smith and the Cook steal the show when they are in a scene…Such a great show!

  23. Lynn

    My favorite is the Dowager Countess!

  24. Darcie Dudkiewicz

    It would have to be the dowager countess, she is so feisty.

  25. Darcie Dudkiewicz

    It would be the dowager countess, she is so feisty.

  26. tami

    Love the Dowager Countess. Still very proper but with a sense of humor.

  27. Nicole Stevens

    I think I will always had a special place in my heart for Cora. The mother who has to put up with so much.

  28. Sheryl

    My favourite character is Sybil and her against the rules relationship with Tom the chauffeur.

  29. Alice Johnson

    I like Cora, especially after watcing her husband this season! What a wimp! Each season he irritates me more!! The Dowager Countess also irritates me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Jenifer

    I really like Mrs. Hughes!

  31. Mary

    Without a doubt Lady Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham. Maggie Smith has the best lines and deadpans all of them with such wit. She can say more with one look than most of the other characters say with their lines.

  32. Cynthia Y.

    Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham of course! This is one of my quotes: “No one wants to kiss a girl in black.”

  33. Manuelita Alferos

    Hi Elizabeth! My favorite character is Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham. And my favorite line is “What is a weekend?”

  34. Cassandra J

    I would have to say my favorite character is Branson ๐Ÿ™‚ He really has evolved and continues to evolve (I’ve seen the whole new season already). He’s a good man and truly shows his worth & backbone without shame.

  35. Teresa K

    I love Violet, she always says just what is on her mind and I always laugh at her comments.

  36. Doreen Mate

    My favorite has got to be Mary. I was going to say the dog because we love pointing him out while watching!

  37. CrystalGB

    Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham She is awesome.

  38. Diane Sallans

    I like Carson (The Butler) – he has a wonderful voice and really cares about the family – especially Lady Mary.

  39. Lakshmi

    I’ve always had a soft spot for Daisy.

  40. Jenni

    How to pick one?! It’s easier to pick the ones that drive me batty (and yet I still love them).

    I’m going to go with rule breaking Sybil.

  41. infinitieh

    Yup, the Dowager Countess for sure!

  42. Calli Zitzer

    Daisy is my favorite character! She really exemplifies the evolution of the young woman. Her aspirations and struggles can be applied to any period of time and I adore that about her character.

  43. Amy Robinson

    While I love Violet, Lady Grantham and her quick wit, I have to say my favorite character so far has to be Daisy. Really who would want to be a scullery maid, but she is the one to hear all the good gossip about the family! I like that her spunk is coming out during Season 3.

  44. Georgie Lee

    Maggie Smith as Dowager Countess of Grantham is my favorite. How can you not love her?

  45. Jackie Wisherd

    I haven’t seen the show so I really don’t have a favorite character. I have heard that it is a really good program though. I’m hoping it comes out eventually in DVD’s so I can see it from the beginning.

  46. Karin Anderson

    Maggie Smith. Hands down. I love her!

  47. Michele Stegman

    Right now, I’m hoping for all the best for Ethel!

  48. bn100

    the Dowager Countess

  49. Quilt Lady

    Sorry I have never watched the show!



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