'Downton Abbey's' Brendan Coyle talks Season 3 and the Anna-Bates 'slow burn'

On Sunday, Jan. 6, the U.K. smash-hit Edwardian drama "Downton Abbey" returns for a third season on PBS' "Masterpiece Classic," continuing to follow the lives of the aristocratic Crawley clan above stairs, and of their servants below stairs.One of the fans' favorite characters is John Bates, a k a Mr. Bates (Brendan Coyle), the valet to Lord Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville), Earl of Grantham. At the end of Season 2, Bates was wrongly sent to prison for the murder of his vindictive former wife, Vera (Maria Doyle Kennedy). Just before being put behind bars, Bates married his lady love, housemaid Anna May Smith (Joanne Froggett).Fortunately, though he originally was to hang, Bates' sentence is commuted to life, preserving the hope that he can be proved innocent and released.Here's a few facts about the man who brings Bates to life ...* Brendan Coyle was born to a father from Northern Ireland and a mother from Scotland...



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