Downton Abbey’s Ed Speleers: “Rob James-Collier’s a brilliant kisser”

Ahead of the release of his new film Love Bite, starring Timothy Spall and Jessica Szohr, RadioTimes.com speaks to the Crawleys' new footman

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It’s fair to say Downton Abbey newcomer Ed Speleers – who plays footman Jimmy Kent – has landed on his feet. The chance to craft your acting trade alongside British heavyweights Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Penelope Wilton, not to mention having your on-screen antics viewed by a weekly audience regularly hitting nine million, is a thespian dream come true. 

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But prior to his appearance in the Crawley household, Ed shot a film alongside Timothy Spall and Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szohr – think The Inbetweeners crossed with a werewolf, set in the dead-end seaside town of Rainmouth. 

So, what was it about werewolfs that first attracted Ed? What does the future hold for young Jimmy? And, most importantly, was Rob James-Collier (who plays valet Thomas Barrow) a good kisser? Check out the video below for answers to all the above… 


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Love Bite is released in cinemas nationwide on Friday 9 November