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Downton star Brendan Coyle gets 50-month drink-drive ban

By Ben Kendall

Downton Abbey actor Brendan Coyle has been banned from the road after admitting drink-driving.

Coyle (53) appeared at King's Lynn Magistrates Court near his home in Heacham, Norfolk, yesterday.

He pleaded guilty to drink-driving after being caught on New Year's Day, the court said.

Norfolk Police confirmed Coyle, who appeared in court under his real name David, was caught on the A149 near King's Lynn while driving a BMW convertible.

He gave a reading of 98mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath - nearly three times the legal limit.

Coyle was reportedly returning home after undergoing alcohol rehabilitation at a clinic in Thailand.

The actor, who played valet John Bates in the ITV drama, failed a roadside breath test and was taken to a police station.

The court banned him from driving for 50 months. He was also ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work, given a 12-month community order and told to pay £85 costs, plus a £60 victim surcharge.

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