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  • Brendan Coyle

    Born on December 2, 1963 in Corby, Northamptonshire, England

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Downton Abbey (2010)

Brendan Coyle as "John Bates"

This British drama series follows the lives of the Crawley family and its servants in the family's classic Georgian country house. The series begins with the 1912 sinking of the Titanic, which leaves Downton Abbey's future in jeopardy, since the presumptive heirs of Robert, Earl of Grantham -- his cousin James, and James' son, Patrick -- die in the catastrophe, leaving the family without a male offspring to take over Downton when the current lord dies. The point is important since Lord Grantham's children are daughters -- Ladies Mary, Edith and Sybil, but the facets of their lives and of those of the below-stairs staff -- also a highly regimented world -- have fascinating story lines.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014) Nominated Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013) Won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Emmy (Primetime) (2012) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011) Nominated Supporting Actor


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