American audiences may best know Rob James-Collier as Downton Abbey’s conniving under-butler Thomas Barrow, but this British actor and model isn’t all pomade and plotting. Before arriving on Downton, Rob got his big break starring in the world’s longest-running TV soap, Coronation Street. There, Rob played a loveable ladies’ man — quite the change from his closeted character on Downton! While on Coronation Street, Rob took home two Sexiest Male titles at the British Soap Awards (good choice, Britain!).
Rob makes those good looks work for him as a model for Argos, a digital retailer in the UK. He graced the pages of the company’s Autumn/Winter 2007 and Spring/Summer 2008 catalogs. Wish we could get our hands on those!
Although Rob is still slated to appear in Season 4 of Downton Abbey, he recently appeared in a three-part drama called “Love Life” where Joe (Rob’s character) returns from a year of adventure to find his former girlfriend/forever soulmate pregnant by her boss. Drama clearly loves this boy.
Birthplace: Stockport, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Birthday: September 23, 1976
Children: One son, born in 2010 with partner Lauren Chandiram