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‘Downton Abbey’ season four: Ed Speleers interview

The actor who plays Jimmy Kent talks about the fourth season of ‘Downton Abbey’, going out on the razzle and opening a gay bar


Jimmy’s playing with Ivy’s feelings bit…
‘He’s just having fun, he’s a bit bored. Jimmy just wants to go on the razzle and mess about. He finds it hilarious how lovesick Alfred is about Ivy.’

Does Jimmy push boundaries more this series?
‘He pushes certain boundaries.’

How is his friendship with Thomas?
‘Spot on. We’ll set up a gay bar together… They’re quite similar characters with similar outlooks. There’s a budding friendship there.’

Is there a power vacuum without O’Brien?
‘Potentially. There's always jostling for power.’

As a relatively new character, what’s the reaction been like from fans?
‘I'm still here, which I hope says something! I hope people enjoy what I’m doing – it’s a lot of fun to do it. My mum’s a big fan, but I got a lot of flack from my eldest brother, who was getting ribbed at work because I’d kissed a bloke. For a start, he kissed me. Secondly, it’s a TV show, I had a different accent, it’s in the 1920s…’

Read our review of ‘Downton Abbey’

Season four, episode one
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Things to do
  • TV, radio and podcast recordings

As always, almost every character is given some sort of subplot, but the early series’ lightness of touch is still lacking and the plotting remains inordinately laboured and often plain lazy. After all, why have silence when there’s exposition to be spouted?

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