Brendan Coyle: 'I'm not a sex symbol'

Brendan Coyle

Brendan Coyle

'Downton Abbey' star Brendan Coyle believes being seen as a sex symbol is all "in the eye of the beholder" and thinks that people like his character Mr Bates so much because he wears his "heart on his sleeve".

Brendan Coyle does not see himself as a sex symbol.

The 'Downton Abbey' star, who plays humble footman Mr Bates, admits that while he enjoys playing the lovable servant he believes that people's infatuation with him is down to their interpretation of the character.

He explained: "I think that's all in the eye of the beholder and all that. When I thought about playing Bates I thought about both of my grandfathers, men of a different time.

"He doesn't wear his heart on his sleeve and he's not a modern man. What I love about Bates is the things he doesn't say."

Brendan, 48, also revealed that there are finally some happy moments for Mr Bates coming up as he is released from prison after being framed for murder and reunited with his wife Anna, played by Joanne Froggatt.

When asked by TV Times whether he is offered his job back at the house by Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) he replied: "Yes, he does. He's immediately welcomed back as his valet - you have to remember that they were once comrades in arms and Lord Grantham has always given tremendous support to Bates.

"They're [Bates and Anna] given a cottage and we see them setting up home together. There's a great deal of tenderness and there're some lovely moments between them, which they deserve."


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