"ITV Downton Abbey Series 4 Press Pack"


“It’s incredible,” says Brendan Coyle, pondering his character’s situation at the beginning of series four of Downton Abbey. “Bates is actually really happy!”...

ITV Downton Abbey Series 4 Press Pack

September 2013

"The Real Life Dynasties Of The Downton Stars"

Simon Tomlinson/Daily Mail

Another actor with links to his character is Brendan Coyle - who portrays John Bates as one of the 'downstairs' staff at Downton Abbey who served in the Boer war.

Coyle's own great grandfather Alexander Busby served and was killed in action in World War One in 1917.

The Real Life Dynasties Of The Downton Stars

December 2013

"Downton Abbey's Actors To Serve At Ivy Charity Dinner"


The upstairs stars of Downton Abbey will be joining the downstairs as some of the hit show’s actors turn serving staff on Sunday.Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith, writer Julian Fellowes, Jim Carter and Brendan Coyle are joining Samantha Bond as part of a stellar cast swapping stage and screen to become barmen and waiters at The Ivy, in an event designed to raise thousands for actors’ charities...

Downton Abbey's Actors To Serve At Ivy Charity Dinner

November 2013

"Jez Butterworth's Mojo Revived In The West End"

Vincent Dowd/ BBC News

He became a household name as the humble and reserved valet John Bates in Downton Abbey, but now Brendan Coyle is returning to the West End stage in a far more unsavoury fashion...

Jez Butterworth's Mojo Revived In The West End

November 2013

"From Downton To Downtown"(Original Title)

Hanna Flint/ Daily Mail

He became a household name as the humble and reserved valet John Bates in Downton Abbey, but now Brendan Coyle is returning to the West End stage in a far more unsavoury fashion.

"From Downton To Downtown" (Original Title)

November 2013

ITV Commissions A Fifth Series of Downton Abbey

November 2013

"ITV Commissions A Fifth Series of Downton Abbey"

ITV and the makers of Downton Abbey, Carnival Films today announce a fifth series of the hit drama...

"Premiere For Corby Hospice Awareness DVD"


Patients, staff, volunteers and guests were invited to the first screening of a DVD about Lakelands Hospice in Corby. It was produced with help of Downton Abbey star, Corby-born actor Brendan Coyle, to raise awareness of the range of services provided by the hospice in Butland Road.

Premiere For Corby Hospice Awareness DVD

October 2013

Brendan Lends Voice To Lakelands

September 2013

"Brendan Lends Voice To Lakelands"


Corby actor and star of hit TV series Downton Abbey Brendan Coyle has helped produce a DVD promoting the work of Lakelands Hospice. Last year Brendan agreed to become a patron of the hospice in Butland Road, Corby, which supports patients with cancer and other life-limiting conditions...

"Rupert Grint, Brendan Coyle & More Set for West End's MOJO"


Ian Rickson will direct Brendan Coyle, Rupert Grint, Daniel Mays, Colin Morgan, Ben Whishaw and Tom Rhys Harries in a major West End revival of Jez Butterworth's award-winning Mojo, reuniting director and writer who previously collaborated on the play's world premiere at the Royal Court in 1995...

Rupert Grint, Brendan Coyle & More Set for West End's MOJO

September 2013

"Brendan Coyle and Harry Potter star cast in West End revival of Mojo"


IRISH-Scottish actor Brendan Coyle is returning to the stage in a major West End revival of Jez Butterworth’s award-winning play Mojo. The setting of the play is a 1950’s Soho club and it follows the troubles of an up and coming rock singer who falls into the eerie underworld of the club...

Brendan Coyle and Harry Potter star cast in West End revival of Mojo

July 2013

"Starlings Series Two Is Much Darker"

By Alex Fletcher/ Digital Spy


Brendan Coyle has revealed that the second series of Sky1 comedy drama Starlings will have a much "darker" tone. The actor, who stars alongside Lesley Sharp in the series, said that the moments of "poignancy and conflict" had been the most successful in the first series. "Series one started with a much lighter and more comedic tone. It had a more gentle tone than series two.

Starlings Series Two Is Much Darker

June 2013

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June 2013

Period Drama Downton Abbey And Playing A Modern Man

July 2013

"Period Drama Downton Abbey And Playing A Modern Man"

Ellie Walker-Arnott/ Radio Times


You'll no doubt recognise charming and crinkly-eyed Brendan Coyle as loyal valet Bates in ITV's hit period drama Downton Abbey but the 49-year-old actor has more than just one string to his bow. He's currently starring in the second series of drama-comedy Starlings, which starts tonight on Sky1...

"Bates Gets Even Darker In Series Four"

By Ellie Walker-Arnott/ Radio Times


If you thought being imprisoned for the murder of his wife was Bates at his baddest you've got another thing coming, according to Brendan Coyle. The actor who plays the dedicated Downton valet has revealed that, although Bates was convicted of his wife's murder, threatened at least one fellow prisoner with a knife and glowered a hell of a lot during series three, when it comes to mean and moody Bates us Downton fans haven't seen anything yet...

Bates Gets Even Darker In Series Four

June 2013

Downton's Dark Heart

June 2013

"Downton's Dark Heart"

By Chrissy Iley/ The Telegraph


There is something weirdly charismatic about Brendan Coyle. His presence is striking. He is altogether taller – over 6ft – than you expect, and darker. Julian Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey, described him as “cuddly and dangerous”. He is at once all of those things, managing to be charming, warm, and at the same time defensive, dark, withholding, ice cold...

Coyle Reveals Maclaine Lunch Date

June 2013

"Coyle Reveals Maclaine Lunch Date"

By Staff/ Independent


Downton Abbey star Brendan Coyle has revealed he and Shirley MacLaine have formed a firm friendship on the show. The 79-year-old Hollywood actress previously confessed she had a crush on the actor, who plays valet John Bates in the hit ITV period drama...

"Downton Abbey Series Four Is 'Phenomenal'"

By Ellie Walker-Arnott/ Radio Times


Thought series three of Downton Abbey, with its shocks, scandals and squabbles, was good? Forget it. Apparently series four of the hit ITV drama is even better. Brendan Coyle, the actor who plays loyal valet, loving husband and ex-con John Bates, has told RadioTimes.com that "Series four is phenomenal."...

Downton Abbey Series Four Is 'Phenomenal'

June 2013

Downton Abbey Series Four Is The Best Yet

June 2013

Downton Abbey Series Four Is The Best Yet

By Alex Fletcher/ Digital Spy


Brendan Coyle has spoken to Digital Spy about progress on the fourth series of Downton Abbey, billing it as the show's best yet. Coyle, who plays Lord Grantham's valet John Bates, said that he is very grateful to writer Julian Fellowes for the storylines he has been given in the upcoming run of the period drama. "I'm going to stick my neck out and say it's our best series ever. It's certainly my best series ever," said Coyle.

Downton Abbey's Maclaine Admits Crush On Coyle

April 2013

Origin Theatre Auction-Bidding For Good


The actor Brendan Coyle, who plays the ill-fated butler [Sic] Bates on Masterpiece Theatre's mega hit Downton Abbey has agreed to let himself be waited on hand and foot by a super lucky auction bidder...

"Downton Abbey's Maclaine Admits Crush On Coyle"

By Kirsty McCormack/ Daily Express


LEGENDARY actress Shirley MacLaine has admitted that she has a crush on her Downton Abbey co-star Brendan Coyle.

Origin Theatre Auction-Bidding For Good

May 2013

Family Guy To Spoof Downton Abbey

March 2013

"Family Guy To Spoof Downton Abbey"


Brendan Coyle - who plays valet Mr. Bates in 'Downton' - said: "I was in LA recently - I must sound like I right t***er saying that - and I met the 'Family Guy' people.  "They're going to reference 'Downton Abbey' in some of their episodes."  Brendan is delighted by the news and is thrilled with the show's worldwide popularity.

Brendan Talks Season Three And The Anna-Bates Slow Burn

January 2013

"Brendan Talks Season Three And The Anna-Bates Slow Burn"

By Kate O'Hare/ Zap 2 It


One of the fans' favorite characters is John Bates, a k a Mr. Bates, the valet to Lord Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham. At the end of Season 2, Bates was wrongly sent to prison for the murder of his vindictive former wife, Vera. Just before being put behind bars, Bates married his lady love, housemaid Anna May Smith...

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