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Sunday, 11 September 2011

Rob James-Collier returns to our screens

Fans of Rob James-Collier, ex-Liam Connor of Coronation Street will know that his first post-Corrie tv role was footman Thomas Barrow in the period drama Downtown Abbey. Ian Wylie caught up with Rob for a feature on the new season of Downton which takes place in 1916 in the thick of World War 1.

When we left Downton last year, it was 1914 and the Great War was just beginning. Rob's character had been causing a bit of trouble at the manor and he decided to join the Medical Corps in hopes of avoiding combat. You see Thomas is a bit on the shady side, ducking and diving and that sort of thing. But Thomas' plan doesn't work out quite as he expected and he ends up in the thick of the action.

Rob spoke to a veteran of the Falklands to get some insight and was inspired by the stories he was told. He's determined to give as good a portrayal as possible. It sounds like his character will be affected profoundly.


Downton Abbey returns for a second season on ITV1 on Sunday, September 18. There will be an 8 part series and, later, a Christmas special.

3 comments:

BarrieT said...

Thomas is such a rotter who you love to hate...its a fantastic role for Rob...he's very lucky to have the best part in Downton Abbey...i'm glad he's in series 2..i hope he gets up to more mischief

Anonymous said...

He was excellent in Downton Abbey.. I really didn't rate him at all in Corrie, so was quite impressed when I saw him in Downton..
Rebecca from TO

Dilly Daydream said...

I'm totally opposite, I didn't like him in DA at all and was quite happy to think he wouldn't be in series 2. Am disappointed to learn that he will be.

I don't rate him as an actor in any shape or form.

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