Penelope Wilton (born as Penelope Alice Wilton on 3rd June 1946; Scarborough, England) is the actress who plays Isobel Grey on Downton Abbey. She is best known for her role as Ann Bryce in the hit comedy TV series Ever Decreasing Circles (1984-1989), featuring Downton Abbey co-star Peter Egan. She later appeared as Harriet Jones in Doctor Who.

Wilton was elevated as a Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire ("OBE") in 2004 for her service to the Dramatic Arts.

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