Downton Abbey Creator Opens Up About Season 5’s Gay Storyline – VIDEO

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has revealed that gay character Thomas Barrow will seek a “cure” for his sexuality in the upcoming fifth season of the show

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Itching to know what awaits Downton Abbey's sometimes villainous but almost always tortured gay character Thomas Barrow on the forthcoming season of the popular costume drama? Show creator Julian Fellowes recently revealed one plot twist in store for handsome Thomas that may put you in a tizzy. Find out more, AFTER THE JUMP... (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!)

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has revealed that gay character Thomas Barrow will seek a “cure” for his sexuality in the upcoming fifth season of the show, reports Gay Star News.

In an interview with British TV channel ITV, Fellowes said:

“He falls for the quackery that this can be cured, that he can get rid of this dumbbell he is dragging around with him. His fortitude takes him through a period of incredible physical discomfort. The result he seeks is impossible – it’s not to be obtained by any medical treatment, it was just quackery.”

Rob James-Collier said of his character Barrow:

“He wants to be able to love, so he embarks on quite a dark and serious journey rooted in his sexuality to try and change how he is. I really wanted to get down to why Thomas was how he is. For me, I made the choice it was his sexuality. You wake up every morning and your religion is telling you you’re condemned. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of men like Thomas did do this, because what was the alternative? There wasn’t one.”

James-Collier, who was featured in our 10 LGBT TV Moments from 2013, has previously said he finds it easier kissing men on-screen than women.

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  1. says

    what a coincidence, this now being ‘ex-gay awareness month’ – which is a month when sad folks who reject reality wish to be reassured that all the lies they tell themselves are true.

    i’m just stoked for a new series of Downton!! i motor through this show, it’s like crack-coated candy.

  2. Henry Holland says

    “Isn’t 2014 a little late to still be a closet case?”

    Huh? His character is on a show where it is 1924, not 2014.

    I’ve seen the first 5 episodes of series 5, I’ve loved them all. I thought series 4 was a bit iffy (the post-Matthew blues perhaps), but they have some good storylines in play but the acting and the production values are still top notch.

  3. Andrew says

    The actor who plays Thomas said a while back that his character tries to go straight “with disastrous consequences.”

    This story line starts in episode 4 and it looks like he may be taking heroin (spoon, syringe, etc).

  4. Alan says

    I’m just looking forward to the next season. If you find yourself in the Wilmington area, check out the costume exhibit at Winterthur (through early January). They did a nice job with it.

  5. Malcolm says

    This show is watched by just about every frumpy housewife in America….let’s hope they help EDUCATE the ignorant about homosexuality and not play on the usual stereotypes and story lines about tragic and screwed up gay men.

  6. Tristram says

    Downtown abbey is okay but if you want to really be entertained watch the 1970s show Upstairs Downstairs, from which it stole ALL it’s best ideas, and of which it is only a pale imitation.

  7. yadalaus says

    The first five episodes are out in the UK… with a new ep every Sunday. REAL SPOILER: Thomas starts shooting up heroin and no affair with Branson. Branson falls in loves with a liberal, socialist scoop teacher who’s been tutoring Dailey at the house and causes arguments with Lord Grantham every time she has dinner with the family. Mary is having elicit sex with her fiance, then dumps him and the London police are questioning Bates’ wife in connection to the death of the dude who raped her. Edith brings the baby that she had out of wedlock to live with the pig farmer and is very involved until the wife, who doesn’t know she’s the mother becomes very angry…Grandmama finds out and wants to send the bastard girl to boarding school. And soooooo much more…..

  8. GIGI says

    LOVE him in Downton Abbey too ofc. I know it’s too much to hope that he’ll find a nice boy and live happily ever after, but it was encouraging to hear what the doctor said to him in the last episode about his “condition.”

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