Ava Mann plays Sybil Branson
Ava Mann plays Sybil Branson

In the 2012 Christmas Special of Downton Abbey viewers saw Lady Sybil Branson die of eclampsia shortly after giving birth to a baby girl. The baby girl was subsequently named Sybil, after her mother. When ITV decided to start shooting Series Four, the search was on for a child to play Sybbie aged approximately two years old.

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Child model agencies were given photographs to try and match and we sent Ava's photograph to the Casting Director who decided they wanted to audition her. Ava was subsequently short-listed for the role and went back for a recall. Ava charmed everyone in attendance and won the part of the young Sybil Branson.
 
  Downton Abbey Links:
  Radio Times Allen Leech interview
  Downton Abbey @ ITV
  Ava's Downton Abbey Wikia Page
  Series Four Launch @ The Daily Mail
  Downton Abbey @ Buzzfeed
  Downton Abbey @ The Daily Mirror
  Downton Abbey @ Hello Magazine
     

Ava spent many days filming at Castle Coombe and other locations between Februry and July 2013 and got on famously with all the cast members and crew but especially Allen Leech who played her on-screen father, Tom Branson.

Ava's mum Chane said "Ava has had a fantastic time filming on set. She is so fond of Allen and really enjoyed working with him. Everybody made her feel so welcome and so special, like a little superstar. I'm sure she will have very fond memories of her time at Downton Abbey".

Childsplay Models are proud to have been able to help Downton Abbey find their new little Sybil and we all look forward to seeing her in the show when the fourth series begins in September.

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