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Rob James-Collier says his gay Downton Abbey character will go ‘right up to the abyss’

Rob James-Collier says his gay Downton Abbey character will go ‘right up to the abyss’

The character of closeted gay under-butler Thomas Barrow on TV’s Downton Abbey is going to have his most harrowing episodes yet, according to the actor who plays him.

Rob James-Collier says the character’s homosexuality, which not focused on during seasons three and four, will be the focus of the Barrow’s storyline when the new season begins Sunday (21 September) on ITV. (It will begin airing in the US early next year.)

Barrow, whose attempts at romance during the early seasons were unsuccessful, will begin to question whether he is really gay and will try to not be.

This will not go well.

‘Thomas comes right up to the abyss,’ James-Collier tells the Mail.

‘It’s quite a harrowing storyline and I hope it is. Because if it isn’t, I haven’t done it justice.’

Acting out the storyline has been difficult at times for the 37-year-old actor.

‘There are mornings of those scenes when you haven’t been able to sleep at night because you are so worried about how it will go.’