Downton Abbey's Thomas to reveal 'vulnerable' side

Downton Abbey's villainous Thomas Barrow will reveal a different side to his character this season as he struggles to deal with the horrors of war

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Rob James-Collier

Rob James-Collier

Downton Abbey's villainous Thomas Barrow will reveal a different side to his character this season.

The cunning footman - who tried to frame valet Bates (Brendan Coyle) for stealing during the first series of the ITV1 period drama - struggles to cope as he is forced on to the battlefield when the first World War breaks out, allowing his softer side to make an appearance.

Actor Rob James-Collier - who plays Thomas - told BANG Showbiz: "He's a joy to play. This front that he's got, this steely exterior does get stripped back in the horrors of war and we see that he's just as scared as anyone else.

"He's been there for too long and I first thought what he does in deliberately injuring himself to get out of the war was an act of cowardice, but our historical advisor says he thinks its an act of bravery. The war has stripped him down, he's scared and vulnerable which is nice to see."

However, the revelation of Thomas' softer side doesn't look set to last long.

Rob added: "In the second season we see Thomas let his guard down a little bit with a wounded soldier, they've had similar experiences because of the war and so he and lets him in and we see a softer side of him.

"However, that ends in not so nice terms and we see him go back to himself. That coupled with the fact that he gets a position of rank in the military and the power goes to his head makes him go nasty again."

The second series of 'Downton Abbey' launched on ITV1 last night (18.09.11).

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