Downton Abbey star Rob James-Collier has revealed his character, scheming valet Thomas, is to fall for new boy, handsome footman, Jimmy Kent, played by Ed Speelers.
Rob revealed: "Thomas takes him under his wing and looks after him. Knowing Thomas and knowing he has a preference for a certain type of person in life, I think Jimmy fits that bill perfectly, if you know what I mean."
The first series saw Thomas make a pass at Turkish diplomat, Kemal Pamuk, who was courting Lady Mary.
Jimmy's arrival forms part of a complicated love tangle among the servants as new scullery maid Ivy (Cara Theobold) takes a shine to him but is also being pursued by another new footman Alfred (Matt Milne).
Meanwhile, Daisy, played by Sophie McShera, who was left a war widow at the end of the last series, falls head-over-heels for Alfred, who only has eyes for Ivy.
The highly-anticipated third series begins in the autumn.
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