Baftas 2015: Allen Leech on his future in Downton Abbey and The Imitation Game

The actor best known as Tom Branson wouldn't be drawn on whether he was returning to the ITV period drama - but did reveal his encounter with a famous fan

The Imitation Game missed out nine times at the Baftas last night, but for cast member Allen Leech any recognition was enough.


“It’s a movie that 14 months ago we were freezing our butts off doing in a disused RAF base,” the Downton Abbey actor told on the Bafta red carpet.

“And the fact that we’re here 14 months later, and it’s been nominated in this category with some of the best movies of this year, is a great celebration for us because we wanted to tell Alan Turing’s story, and we wanted to tell it right.”

But while Leech says he was excited to meet the other nominees on the red carpet, one supporting actor award-winner (whom we interviewed earlier that night) was more keen on seeing him…

“J.K. Simmons of Whiplash came up to me actually – he said ‘Can I introduce my wife and daughter, they’re huge fans of Downton Abbey?’ – oh come on!” Leech told us.

Leech wouldn’t put them or any other Downton fans out of their misery, however, still refusing to reveal whether his character Tom Branson was leaving the ITV series.

“Would people like Branson to be back? I don’t know, we’ll see,” he said.

“He’s gone off to find himself, and find out exactly who he’ll be. So whether he comes back in this season or next season or…we’ll see!”


Read our full coverage of the Baftas 2015 ceremony as it happened here