Rob James-Collier glad for 'nice guy' part

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 15 March 2012
Rob James-Collier

Rob James-Collier

Rob James-Collier is glad to be playing a "nice guy" in 'Love Life' as he wants the public to know him as someone other than the "evil gay footman off 'Downton Abbey'"

Rob James-Collier is glad to be playing a "nice guy" in 'Love Life'.

The 35-year-old actor - who portrays Joe in the ITV1 romantic drama - admitted he is pleased the public will be able to know him as someone other than the "evil gay footman off 'Downton Abbey'" because his character in the period drama, Thomas, is such a baddie.

He told BANG Showbiz: "As an actor you want to be given the opportunities to play different roles and to show the audience that you're not just the evil gay footman off 'Downton Abbey'. I can play a nice guy so it's nice to be given the chance by ITV to show that and hopefully I have.

"It's just brilliant to have security and be part of something that is quite long running. It's quite rare you get that as an actor and there's no question that it has helped. But if I wasn't in 'Downton' I don't think I'd be in 'Love Life'.

"It gives you the chance to go up for dramas such as this that you may not have had before because it's brought you to the forefront of the public's imagination."

Rob also explained he enjoyed being part of a more intimate cast in 'Love Life', which also stars Andrea Lowe, Alexandra Armstrong and Kieran O'Brien.

He added: "'Downton' is a massive ensemble cast and it's great to be part of that but on something like this where it's two couples and a fantastic support cast led by Kieran you have more ownership and you have more responsibility. There's more pressure which as an actor you want.

"I'd do anything to jump back with these guys."

'Love Life' is on ITV1 tonight (15.03.12) at 9pm

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