John Bates: of Downton Abbey Season 4 “[The cast is] a rolling thing, and we miss everyone [who has left] … [When it comes to the new season] I can’t give any spoilers. It amazing how much it fluctuates. It’s a phenomenal thing, and I think it is the best series yet.”
Brendan Coyle - Brendan Coyle is a British actor, born 12-2-63. He has garnered a wide audience on TV recently as John Bates, the valet at Downton Abbey, earning a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He has numerous awards and honors for his work in the UK, credits dating from the early 1990s. At Downton, he is Lord Grantham's valet; husband of Anna, widower of Vera, and recently released from wrongful imprisonment over Vera's death.