By: Stephanie Takyi
Published: Tue, November 18, 2014
DOWNTON ABBEY star Allen Leech has hinted his character will exit the show during its highly-anticipated Christmas episode.
However the Irish actor, who plays widowed chauffeur Tom Branson in the hit period drama, says the door will always be open for him to return as his character will NOT be killed off.
It is thought that producers of the show don't want to make the same mistake as they did on Christmas Day 2012 when they faced a backlash from viewers after Matthew Crawley died in a road accident.
Allen's character, who has been in Downton since the fourth episode, is currently faced with a tough decision about whether to stay at Downton's estate due to the Grantham family’s rigid right-wing views.
Speaking at the Imitation Game premiere in Los Angeles, Allen said: “I think if he does leave, Tom will be leaving under his own steam and he won’t be dead so it doesn’t mean that he’s leaving forever.
“I think if he does leave, there’s always a chance that he will come back. Will I be sad? It’s been the most incredible journey doing that show so I would be sad.
He added: “But like I said, 'Never say never'. I’d like to finish that story out with all those people whenever that is. If he does leave it will be a nice break lately.”
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