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Mary learns what happened to Anna (but not who was responsible) when Mrs Hughes insisted John needed to be with Anna when Lord Grantham was going to America and see his in-laws (he took Thomas Barrow instead). Later Green returns with Lord Gillingham; he tells Mrs Hughes he and Anna were both drunk and she was to blame as much as himself. But Mrs Hughes knows Anna was not to blame. Green later reveals he went downstairs while Nellie Melba sang.
 
Mary learns what happened to Anna (but not who was responsible) when Mrs Hughes insisted John needed to be with Anna when Lord Grantham was going to America and see his in-laws (he took Thomas Barrow instead). Later Green returns with Lord Gillingham; he tells Mrs Hughes he and Anna were both drunk and she was to blame as much as himself. But Mrs Hughes knows Anna was not to blame. Green later reveals he went downstairs while Nellie Melba sang.
   
Eventually Anna tells Mary who was responsible, but she swears her to secrecy because she fears her husband will find out it was Green the more he comes, and then do something terrible. She mentions being frightened everytime her husband and Green are in the same room. Despite Anna's protests, Mary eventually tells her she is going to ask Lord Gillingham to dismiss his valet without telling why. Anna is nervous about this, but when Mary later relays news from Lord Gillingham at the bazaar that Green has died, Anna is relieved that a lot of people saw him fall into the road and get run over, as it appears her husband was not involved.
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Eventually Anna tells Mary who was responsible, but she swears her to secrecy because she fears her husband will find out it was Green the more he comes, and then do something terrible. She mentions being frightened everytime her husband and Green are in the same room. Despite Anna's protests, Mary eventually tells her she is going to ask Lord Gillingham to dismiss his valet without telling why. Anna is nervous about this, but when Mary later relays news from Lord Gillingham at the bazaar that Green has died, Anna is relieved that a lot of people saw him fall into the road and get run over, as it appears her husband was not involved. Anna later asks her husband if he would risk the life they have put together. He assures her no.
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===2013 Christmas Special===
Anna later asks her husband if he would risk the life they have put together. He assures her no.
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[[File:ThCATJMFRS.jpg|thumb|left]]Anna and her husband go to the seaside with other members of the staff.
   
 
== Appearances ==
 
== Appearances ==

Revision as of 20:08, December 12, 2013

Anna May Bates (née Smith) was head housemaid at Downton Abbey and is currently lady's maid to Lady Mary Crawley.

Character

Anna has a good relationship with the Crawley family, who respect her, and also has a good relationship with the Crawley sisters Lady Mary, Lady Edith and Lady Sybil, especially with Lady Mary Crawley; for whom she keeps a very large secret.

She is one of the highest-ranking of the female servants in Downton, other than Mrs. Hughes and Miss O'Brien. She was worried that she has missed out on her chance at marriage, however she later married John Bates.

She is sweet, kind, and always respectful. Anna is popular both downstairs and upstairs; the servants have a lot of respect for her and she's not afraid of standing up to people like O'Brien.

Series One 

Anna has a special relationship with John Bates. When he first arrived, Anna and Bates became good friends. However, their friendship gradually blossomed into romance, and she later admitted that she loved him. Mr. Bates returned her feelings, though he felt uneasy about entering a relationship with her, as he held his own secrets. When Bates almost loses his position, he tells Anna to "go to sleep and dream of a better man" but she refused. To prove Bates's innocence, Anna goes with Mrs. Patmore to London, where she visits Mr Bates's mother, learning the truth about his prison sentence and thus saving his position.

Lady Mary had woken Anna up to tell her that she had a one-night stand with Mr Kemal Pamuk and that she had discovered that Mr Pamuk was dead in her (Lady Mary's) bed. Later on that night she, Lady Mary and Cora Crawley move Mr Pamuk's body back to his own room, to be found the next day. 

Series Two

At the beginning of the second series, Mr Bates arrives back at Downton (having being in London after his mother died) and he doesn't waste time before informing her that there is a possibility of a divorce ahead.  He asks Anna to marry him. She immediately accepts, and they begin to discuss their future. But when his wife Vera Bates turns up and forces Mr Bates to resign, he is also forced to leave Anna, breaking not only her heart but her dreams. Eventually she learns through Lady Mary (who found out through Sir Richard Carlisle) that Mr Bates has been working in a pub nearby. She visits him and he tells her that that he can now prove that Vera Bates has not been faithful to him. He says he will divorce Vera and come back to Downton very soon, offering Vera more money than the papers will give her. When he returns to Downton as Lord Grantham's valet again by request, she was delighted. By the end of the war, Anna and John discover that his wife Vera Bates was found dead. They got married in secret but they planned to tell everyone after Lavinia Swire's funeral, as only Lady Mary Crawley and housemaid Jane Moorsum knew. After attending Miss Swire's funeral, Anna, as well as Bates, Mrs. Hughes and Carson discover that two officers were waiting for Mr Bates, and saw him being arrested for the murder of Vera Bates. Anna and John both declare their feelings for each other before he is taken away by the officers.

Also, Anna informs Lady Mary that John Bates' first wife Vera Bates has threatened that she will go to the newspapers about the Lady Mary and Mr Pamuk story. Lady Mary went to Sir Richard Carlisle for help.  He was able to stop the story being published to save and protect her, the Crawley family, and Anna from ruin.

Anna became aware of and kept quiet before it was announced to the whole Crawley family that Lady Sybil and the Crawley's family chauffeur, Tom Branson are in a romantic relationship. Anna and Lady Mary discover that they're on their away to Gretna Green to get married. She, Lady Mary, and Lady Edith went after the couple. Anna spotted the Crawley's car which was park on the road where Lady Sybil and Tom Branson were staying. Sybil returned back to Downton with them, when she was leaving she told Tom that she will stay true to him.

One night, Anna, and Ladies Mary and Edith, learned from Lady Sybil that Tom has new job and she and Tom were announcing their engagement to the Crawley family. Anna told her it was a very big thing to give up her whole world. After Sybil and Tom's announcement the next day, Anna in the Servants Hall at Downton, saw Mr Branson arriving and politely spoke to him. Daisy briefly over hears Anna and Tom talking. He informs his former co-workers that he and Lady Sybil are getting married, much to their shock and Mr. Carson's dismay.

Anna spoke to Lady Mary about her secret plans to get married to John BatesLady Mary told her she will cover for her and she instructed housemaid Jane Moorsum to decorate one of bedrooms for a wedding gift; only she and Jane knew they were married during that time. 

Christmas Special 2011

Anna was truly supported by the Crawley family, fellow co-workers and Lady Mary when her husband was arrested and on trial for murder; Lady Mary supported and stayed with Anna for throughout Bates's trial and its outcome. 

Anna visits her husband in prison and attends his trial, alongside Lady Mary Crawley, Robert Crawley, Isobel Crawley and Matthew Crawley and lawyer George Murray. The prosecution calls Mrs. Hughes, Miss O'Brien, and Lord Grantham as witnesses, to bring up conversations they had with Mr. Bates, or discussions they overheard.  The jury found him guilty and sentenced to hang by death, though later on his sentance was commuted to life imprisonment. Anna, the lawyers, Robert and the rest of the Crawley family are still planning to appeal the verdict and to get Bates out of prison.

Series Three

Anna receives constant letters from her husband in prison, which are described as the "highlight of [her] week." She is also one of the few servants to treat Tom Branson respectfully on his return, as he is now upstairs due to his marriage to Lady Sybil.  Like all the staff, when Sybil dies she is utterly heartbroken, and even shows some kindness towards Thomas as he also grieves for Sybil. Towards the end of the series, she is promoted to Mary's lady's maid. Mary remarks that she still calls her Anna, since she "can't very well call her Bates" after Edith remarks she misses Anna and mentions a new maid, further indicating how much the sisters respect her. Anna's determination to free her husband finally pays off.  After much searching, she meets Vera's friend Audrey and finds evidence that clears the charges against her husband. She is there when he is released, and they greet one another lovingly. They move into a small cottage together, and start painting. It is done by the time O'Brien pays them a visit. She insists Thomas must go and cannot understand why her husband helps him. In the end, she asks Bates what it was that helped convince O'Brien to stop trying to ruin Thomas, and is told of "her ladyship's soap."

Christmas Special 2012

When she goes to Scotland she comforts Lady Rose MacClare and takes a picnic with her husband. She calls herself racy when her husband says so, then asks her what she is up to. She insists nothing. They both laugh happily. It is revealed Rose is teaching her how to dance, which she reveals to have done well. Mary and Bates are amazed at Anna's dancing, and agree that she is marvelous.

Series Four

Following Matthew Crawley's death, she tries to help Mary come out of mourning by offering her clothing that is not black and remarking that Mary's son George has his mother (after Mary called him a "poor little orphan"). When Edna Braithwaite returns to Downton as a lady's maid, Anna is framed by her and Thomas for ruining a piece of clothing belonging to Cora. Cora, surprised that Anna would make such a mistake, still tells Robert, who confronts her husband, stating Anna has been unkind. John then becomes suspicious of Edna.

Rose, now living at Downton, invites Anna out to a dance hall with her in York, where they meet Sam Thawley.  Unfortunately, things go terribly wrong and Anna urges Rose away. She later helps Rose disguise herself in order to say a proper goodbye to Sam when he comes round to see if she is alright.

When a number of guests come to stay at Downton, Green, the valet of Lord Gillingham takes a shine to Anna. He thanks her after she helps him with some bags he dropped and tells her about an exciting card game she did not know. However, Mr Bates becomes suspicious of him and this causes some tension between Mr Bates and Anna because she does not see what the problem is, thinking he was only being friendly. As Dame Nellie Melba sung later that night, Anna left the party and returned to the servants quarters to take something for her headache. Mr Green follows her and offers her something stronger, which she refuses. He then suddenly tells her he think she wants more excitement in her life and tells her he refuses to believe that she could be happy with a cripple like Mr Bates. She tells Mr Green that she is very happy and that she would like him to move out the way so she could return to the party. He refuses to move and when Anna tried to get past him, he hits her multiple times and drags her into one of the other rooms, where he rapes her. Mr Green then returned to the party, leaving Anna downstairs pretending as though nothing had happened.

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Mrs Hughes later finds Anna crying in her room while hiding behind the shelf. Mrs Hughes quickly realises what has happened because of Anna's torn dress and cuts and bruises. Anna begs her not to tell anyone what had happened, saying that because she trusts her she would like her help to tidy up before someone else sees her. Mrs Hughes tells Anna that perhaps they should tell Mr Bates what had happened, but Anna refuses because she thinks him to be the last person who should ever find out. She is worried that he would dangerously harm Mr Green in anger, and as a ex-felon, be sent back to prison. When Anna had tided up, Mr Bates catches her sneaking out. He sees Anna is distressed and wonders why she was hurt. Anna lies, telling him she had taken a pill and fainted, hitting her head in the process. Mr Green then appears and bids goodnight to them both, with Anna reluctantly replying to him. She then tells Mr Bates she would prefer to walk home alone, ignoring him as he tries to stop her.
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As she continues pushing him away, he is convinced he has done something horribly wrong to make her avoid him, to the point of moving away from their cottage back to the servant's quarters in Downton Abbey. She feels she is now "soiled" and for that reason she feels she cannot let her husband touch her. When Mrs Hughes asks Anna what she will do if she is with child, to her horror Anna says she will kill herself (Mrs Hughes insists she will not hear of it).
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However, her husband, fearing Anna no longer loves him, overhears her speaking to Mrs Hughes and learns the truth after threatening to leave (Mrs Hughes felt it would be the end of Anna if John left). Anna then is confronted by John, who reaffirms that he loves her more than ever now, and that she is not soiled in his eyes, but holier. She embraces him in tears.

Anna soon moves back into the cottage, and tries to move on, insisting she wants to make new memories and does not consider herself a victim. But John is not determined to move on, and as she feared, he thinks of "murder" when he remembers what happened to her. Slowly though their relationship begins to mend, as they go out again after a long time of doing so, and discuss Mary's suitors, including Charles Blake, whom she used to hate but does not anymore.

Mary learns what happened to Anna (but not who was responsible) when Mrs Hughes insisted John needed to be with Anna when Lord Grantham was going to America and see his in-laws (he took Thomas Barrow instead). Later Green returns with Lord Gillingham; he tells Mrs Hughes he and Anna were both drunk and she was to blame as much as himself. But Mrs Hughes knows Anna was not to blame. Green later reveals he went downstairs while Nellie Melba sang.

Eventually Anna tells Mary who was responsible, but she swears her to secrecy because she fears her husband will find out it was Green the more he comes, and then do something terrible. She mentions being frightened everytime her husband and Green are in the same room. Despite Anna's protests, Mary eventually tells her she is going to ask Lord Gillingham to dismiss his valet without telling why. Anna is nervous about this, but when Mary later relays news from Lord Gillingham at the bazaar that Green has died, Anna is relieved that a lot of people saw him fall into the road and get run over, as it appears her husband was not involved. Anna later asks her husband if he would risk the life they have put together. He assures her no.

2013 Christmas Special

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Anna and her husband go to the seaside with other members of the staff.

Appearances

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

Quotes

  • "I'd rather work to get you free than dine with the king at Buckingham Palace." - to her husband.
  • "What I see is a good man, m'lady. And they're not like buses. There won't be another one along in ten minutes' time." - to Mary about Matthew.

Behind the scenes

  • Anna is played by actress Joanne Froggatt in the Downton Abbey television series. Froggatt was nominated for a Primetime Emmy award for playing Anna in 2012. 
  • Anna's full name, before marriage, is mentioned as "Anna May Smith". After she's married, her name changed to "Anna May Bates."

References

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