The actor wants a partner

Downton Abbey star Brendan Coyle has revealed that he’s ready to settle down and is looking for a ‘meaningful’ relationship.

The actor wants to be loved-up like his character – valet John Bates – who married housemaid Anna in the second series of the hit ITV show.

‘I’m going to be 50 soon. Heartthrob status and fame doesn’t seem to be that important anymore,’ says Brendan, 48.

‘I’m single, I’m looking for something meaningful. By the time you’ve been single for a long time, you can get quite specific about what you can and can’t put up with.’

Brendan says he spent his thirties and early forties moving from one long-term relationship to another but has been ‘taking stock’ over the past few years.

He’s glad that he found fame with Downton Abbey after becoming more mature.

‘If this TV success had come in my twenties, if I was young and I’d become a heartthrob, I would have been very stupid,’ Brendan tells Radio Times.

‘I would have got into a lot of situations that I really wished I hadn’t. But in my forties, that’s not going to happen.’

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