Downton Abbey’s Brendan Coyle gets foul mouthed during Sky Atlantic’s Common Ground – moved during Noble filming

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Downton Abbey actor Brendan Coyle has agreed to take on a shocking new role, which could not be more different to his part in the ITV period drama.

The 49 year old is best known as well spoken John Bates, Lord Grantham’s valet on Downton but his next role will be in Sky Atlantic’s Common Ground, where he will portray DCI Tommy Cockburn.

As the police officer, Brendan will deliver some foul mouthed tirades, even using the C word on occasion.

He tells a punter in a pub:

“Look at you. It’s like somebody’s shaved Pudsey the f***ing bear. If you’ve come as a c***, you’ve won.”

Coyle displayed his colourful language in real life too recently, and we reported yesterday that he blasted a fan on Twitter, writing:

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“Go f*** yourself.”

Coyle is currently in Saigon, Vietnam filming a new movie called, “Noble”, written and directed by Stephen Bradley.

The movie is based on the true story of Christina Noble, who overcame a troubled upbringing in Ireland and later went on to make a big difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of street children in Vietnam and Mongolia.

The actor has been moved by filming so far and tweeted:


“@CncfUK huge honour to be at the Saigon orphanage today,moving and educating…the film is going like a dream…see you back in town #NOBLE”

This video from the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation talks more about what the film is based upon.

Brendan’s Common Ground episode will air on February 11.

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