As viewers in the U.S. watch Downton Abbey’s sixth and final season on PBS Masterpiece, one of the series favorite actors, Brendan Coyle (Mr. Bates) has been in the news cycle the last 24 hours with some troubling news.
Coyle, who plays Lord Grantham’s (Hugh Bonneville) stoical valet who always seems to land in trouble on-screen, has gotten in serious trouble with the law off-screen. The actor was banned from driving for more than four years after he was found to be nearly three times over the drink-drive limit while driving home after flying back from a Thailand rehabilitation clinic for alchocol abuse. He was reportedly drinking on the flight.
In the UK, the ‘Downton’ star appeared before King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court under his real name of David Coyle. He was stopped by police in his BMW on the A149 near King’s Lynn on January 1st of this year.
Not only was Brendan banned from driving for 50 months, but ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work. He was also given a 12-month community order with 15 days rehabilitation activity to be supervised by a probation officer.
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