John Bates, Valet and former prisoner. Bates is enjoying freedom in the cottage he shares with his devoted wife Anna, but how far is he prepared to go to defend their happiness? His hard won sense of justice sees him help Molesley in his time of need; and both their allegiances to the Crawleys, in defence of their reputation, are put to the test. Played by Brendan Coyle.
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Mr Bates, the gentleman’s valet who set the girly pulse of a nation racing, is married. But Brendan Coyle, the Bafta-nominated actor who plays him, isn’t. That’s right, he’s 47 and single which is not, he says in his oh-so-dreamy Irish burr, ‘a status I want to take to my grave’. Crikey, so we can believe in miracles! At least, those of us who spend our Sunday evenings swooning over Julian Fellowes’ brilliantly crafted romantic hero can