Sunday, November 9, 2014

Rob James-Collier: 'We're all waiting for the chop' says Downton Abbey baddie

By Ed Gleave
Published 9th November 2014

The cast of  Downton Abbey

As fans gear up for the series finale tonight, the telly hunk, 38, said actors are worried about ­getting the chop by the writers.

But the ex-Corrie star reckons he would not be too fussed if he was shown the door.

He said: “It doesn’t bother me what happens. I’ve got no fear about moving on. Life’s too short.”

ITV producers announced a few days ago they have commissioned a sixth series of the popular drama.

Rob, who is known across the globe for playing evil Thomas Barrow, said: “Downton as a whole is greater than a sum of its parts. There’s not one ­person it can’t carry on without.

“We have seen that with high-profile people leaving before. There really is no one bigger than the show.”

In recent years a string of characters has been written out of ­Downton, which pulls in up to ten million viewers every week.

But Rob, 38, insisted he would be happy to turn his back on the drama.

He said: “If you stay in the same place too long you’re not doing different roles. I have no fear about moving on.

"If I wanted to go, I’d go. If they got rid of me from Downton I’m sure something else would happen. It may not be on the same scale but it would be a different role.

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