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Saturday 20 September 2014

Gay kiss 'easier' for Downton actor

Rob James-Collier plays Thomas Barrow in Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey star Rob James-Collier has said it is "easier" playing a gay character in the hit TV drama because his wife does not get jealous about his on-screen romances.

The actor, whose character Thomas Barrow works as a servant in the fictional country house, is on this week's The Jonathan Ross Show with his co-star, Joanne Froggatt.

He told Jonathan: " I found it easier. The way I was thinking was that if you kiss a girl you worry about: 1) How big her boyfriend is; 2) Is he in the building watching and is he going to kick the s**t out of you?; and 3) What is my missus going to think of it?

"So we went to the BFI for a big unveiling on the cinema screen, and the missus knew it (the kiss) was coming, and we were all sitting watching it and I thought 'Nice one, she can't accuse me of anything', and the missus turned to me and said 'You've never kissed me like that'."

:: See the full interview on The Jonathan Ross Show on ITV at 9.50pm on Saturday.

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