Downton Abbey’s Rob James-Collier: “Is Thomas going to come up with something to get Jimmy back?”

"If Jimmy goes, oh my god, Thomas is going to be so upset. Woe betide anyone who gets in his way"

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Thomas Barrow might be Downton Abbey’s most devious and devilish member of staff, but the under butler has just saved the Abbey and its inhabitants from fiery doom. Not that it’s a decision that would have come entirely easily… 

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“It’s a great risk because he knows questions are going to be asked,” Rob James-Collier, who plays Thomas, tells RadioTimes.com. “Why were you there on the corridor after hours? It’s a very serious offence. To us it doesn’t seem that much but then it was a sackable offence if you didn’t have a decent reason.”

“I think we see the good in Thomas. He might be all these things but at the end of the day he’s not going to knowingly leave someone to burn to death – not even Thomas,” he adds.

But, although things seem to turn out alright in the end for the ever-lucky Thomas – “the proverbial cat with nine lives” – not all members of the household are on safe ground. After he was discovered in bed with Lady Anstruther by Robert, no less (We know. Cringe!) Jimmy’s days at the Abbey look to be numbered.

“Is he going to lose his job? Is Thomas going to come up with something to get him back because he loves Jimmy?” ponders James-Collier. “He knows it’s an unrequited love and he’s happy with that but… I don’t think Thomas is going to let him go lightly. He’s not going to lose the best thing that’s ever happened to him, so I think he may concoct something to get Jimmy to stay – whether it works or not, you’ll have to wait and see.”

“But if he goes, oh my god, Thomas is going to be so upset. Woe betide anyone who gets in his way.” 

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