After months of rumours surrounding former Holby City star Tom Chambers casting in Downton Abbey, the actor has revealed that he was turned down for the role of Lady Mary’s new love interest, because show bosses didn’t think he was posh enough!
As we reported earlier this year, Chambers had been linked to the role of a new love interest for Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery), who was widowed last series when her husband Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) was killed off in a Christmas Day car crash.
But it seems that, despite his Lordly good looks, Chambers was not what casting execs were looking for and was turned down for the role after auditioning.
Speaking to What’s On TV the actor, who also took part in Strictly Come Dancing as well as starring in Waterloo Road, explained:
“I was told I didn’t have enough blue blood in me to join the series. It was disappointing but you have to be thick-skinned when things don’t come your way.”
However it seems that fate played a part in the decision, as Tom explains he wouldn’t have been able to star in new BBC drama Father Brown if he had got it:
“If I had got the job, I wouldn’t have been able to do this, so it wasn’t so bad in the end. I’m delighted to be joining such an exciting series.”
Downton Abbey is set to return this autumn for it’s fourth series, with two possible suitors for Lady Mary – Tom Cullen as Lord Gillingham and Julian Ovenden as Charles Blake, along with Paul Giamatti who will play Cora’s maverick, playboy brother Harold.
Also joining the cast this year are Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Nigel Harman, Joanna David and Gary Carr.
Watch Tom’s Strictly Come Dancing final showdance in the clip below: