Sexuality of gay valet Thomas Barrow to be focused on in season three of “Downton Abbey”
I don’t know about you, but I am so looking forward to season three of Downton Abbey which begins its third season in the US on Sunday.
This has become, without a doubt, one of my favorite TV shows of all time and one of the reasons is the gay character of footman-turned-valet Thomas Barrow played to perfection by Rob James-Collier.
The sexuality of Thomas was muted during season three but things will be different in the upcoming episodes.
‘It’s the series where we really comes to grips with Thomas’s sexuality and the impact being gay must have had on him, in Edwardian times,’ James-Collier tells OUT magazine.
‘If you’re including a gay character, there’s an onus and responsibility to at least show what the impact of the time will be on him, and of him on that time,’ he adds. ‘Thankfully we’ve done that, and I’m so proud that I’ve been used to tell that tale.’
One particularly dramatic scene is a confrontation between Thomas and the butler, Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) with whom he has had a antagonistic relationship.
‘It’s a lovely, beautiful moment,’ says the actor of the scene. ‘If you were gay in those times, the fact that you’re even functioning, how you’re not completely fucked up by that, is beyond me.’