Rob James-Collier Says His Character’s Gay Romance In ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Is ‘Lovely’
“He’s been through the mill so many times,” James-Collier, who has portrayed Thomas Barrow, told EW. “For him to finally have a culmination — it was a lovely moment.”
James-Collier is referring to a romantic scene Barrow stars in during the new movie. The scene, showing a kiss that Barrow shares with a male member of the royal household. “It’s such a beautiful, heartwarming scene,” he remarks. “Hopefully they’ll meet again, but the question is left wanting. I loved the fact that he got a happy ending.”
More than that moment of romance, though, Downton Abbey finally gives portrays the secret gay subculture of 1920s England. “He discovers there’s a whole world where they can dance together, kiss, talk freely, and be themselves,” James-Collier says of his character’s journey. “That changed the narrative for Thomas. He hadn’t been privy to that world before and the fact that he finds it through a moment of serendipity, and we explore his response to that was lovely to play.”
Downton Abbey is in theaters now.