Nigel Havers 'hacked off' at Downton Abbey snub

Nigel Havers is "really hacked off" he wasn't asked to be in the first series of 'Downton Abbey' because he has known the ITV1 period drama's creator Julian Fellowes for his whole life

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Nigel Havers

Nigel Havers is "really hacked off" he wasn't asked to be in the first series of 'Downton Abbey'.

The 62-year-old actor is good friends with Julian Fellowes, creator of the ITV1 period drama, so he was disappointed to be overlooked for first two series of the programme, but he was relieved to land the part of Lord Hepworth in last year's Christmas special episode.

He said: "I've known Julian Fellowes all of my life so I was really hacked off that he didn't ask me to be in it in the first place, but now I've finally been asked to be in it, it's really nice."

Nigel - who is well known for his BAFTA-nominated performance in 1981 movie 'Chariots of Fire' - is currently starring as male escort Lewis Archer in 'Coronation Street', and he counts his time on the ITV1 soap as one of the "highlights" of his acting career.

Speaking on ITV1's 'Lorraine', he added: "Being in 'Coronation Street' has been one of the highlights of my career.

"It was a big honour when I was asked to go on. I said, 'God, I'd love to go on, I'll do it straight away.'

"I was very nervous and I was amazed by the Street because the houses are two-thirds of the actual height. I love doing it."

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