Irish actors Brendan Coyle and Allen Leech have been nominated as an ensemble cast for their hit TV show ‘Downton Abbey’ at the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013.
The two actors, who play John Bates and Tom Branson respectively in the period drama, are nominated along with the whole ‘Downton’ cast, which includes Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville and Rob James-Collier.
Coyle, who was born in the UK to Irish/Scottish parents, studied drama in Dublin, and holds Irish-British dual citizenship. His character Bates, a former soldier, got a job as a foot man in the Downton estate, and later married one of the house maids, after the death of his wife, played by Maria Doyle Kennedy.
Leech, who was born in Dublin, joined the cast of ‘Downton’ as a young Irish rebel who got a job as the wealthy Crawley Family’s driver. His character later married one of the wealthy daughters, and Branson is the first character to make the transition from staff to the Crawley dining table.
Also up for a SAG Award is Irish-shot TV series ‘Game of Thrones’, which was nominated in the Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series. Season three of the hit HBO fantasy drama recently wrapped filming in Northern Ireland. It is up against the stunt techniques of FX’s ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’.
Other nominees, which were announced yesterday, include Daniel Day-Lewis for his role in 'Lincoln', Steve Buscemi, for his role as Irish-American gangster Nucky Thompson in ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and Bill Paxton for his role as Randall McCoy in ‘Hatfields & McCoys’, of which Irish casting agents Hubbard worked on.
The SAG Awards will be announced on January 27.