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, speaks to the Crawleys' new footman

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. 


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… 


Love Bite is released in cinemas nationwide on Friday 9 November