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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.’

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2 Remarks

  1. January 3rd, 2013 at 7:46 pm
    Chandler In Las Vegas says:

    Greg, Google… watch Downton abbey s3e1

    that’s season 3 episode 1 and watch from any number of streaming sites. The episodes go all the way up to the Christmas special that Brits watched a week ago, s3e9. I’m up to s3e5 and will watch the rest this weekend. Crimeny, Mary turned into such a nasty thing after she got married.

  2. January 4th, 2013 at 2:35 pm
    Gaspar Marino says:

    Love Thomas, and Rob-James Collier.

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