Allen Leech doesn’t have to fake that charming Irish accent on Downton Abbey. Nope — the man who plays Tom Branson, the chauffeur of our hearts, was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland.
Before getting his big break on TV, Allen played small roles like “Policeman 1” and “British Officer” on various British and Irish shows. Eventually, though, his talent was fully recognized and Allen was cast in Irish hit miniseries Legend and HBO's Rome.
Unfortunately, Allen’s outfits on Downton aren’t nearly as revealing as a toga. Still, Allen’s character Tom Branson was able to charm Lady Sybil Crawley (Jessica Brown-Findlay) and although her sudden death in Season 3 left us reeling, we’re not completely devastated that Tom’s back on the market. Too bad the same isn’t true for Allen...
Birthplace: May 18, 1981
Birthday: Dublin, Ireland
Marital status: Dating a Downton Abbey makeup artist, though the couple didn’t go public until after more than year of dating, according to the Mirror.