Downton Abbey's Brendan Coyle: 'The Show Has A Finite Life'

Actor reveals the cast know when the show will end

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Downton Abbey's Brendan Coyle: 'The Show Has A Finite Life'
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Brendan Coyle has revealed that himself and other cast members of the hit period drama know when the series of Downton Abbey will eventually end. The actor belives the show cannot carry through into a more recent era for risk of it turning into soap similar to Emmerdale.

Brendan, who plays valet John Bates in the hit series, told Radio Times: “I can pretty much say all of us know when Downton is going to end.

“This is a show with a finite life. If we bring this into the '50s, it's Emmerdale.”

Talking of his character, John Bates, the star added: “Bates was in the Boer War. He would have killed a lot of people. Does that mean he can kill his wife? What does it do to you?”

However, fans need not despair yet at the thought of the drama show ending as insiders have predicted there will be another two series.

Sooner or later though, the stars of the show will move on.

Jessica Brown Findlay, who played the recent Lady Sybil, has just done so as she is filming Winter's Tale with Hollywood star Russell Crowe.

Fans of the ITV show were left devastated after the death of Lady Sybil on Sunday's show (October 14) with many expressing their anger via Twitter at the decision to kill off the character.

Creator of Downton, Julian Fellowes, has revealed, however, that he is keen to create a prequel which will focus on the relationship between Cora and Robert.

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