HE may be Downton's ultimate heartthrob but actor Allen Leech says he gets no attention from the ladies when he's out of character and costume.
The actor – who plays Tom Branson on the show – says that once he removes the Edwardian costumes associated with the shows he goes back to being relatively unknown.
"To be honest no one ever recognizes me," Allen said.
"Or if they do it's very last minute. I think it's because I'm not in the garb. I don't tend to walk around in period costume, funnily enough, so I don't get noticed all that much."
The 31-year-old Dubliner arrived back in Dublin last night for the Christmas holidays.
Allen says his parents would be furious if he ever missed the family holiday.
"I'm back, I arrived back last night. It's great. I think I would be written out of the will if I ever missed it."
"I'm an uncle now, my parents have their first grandchild Isabella so we're all very excited about her first Christmas," he said.
He's back home for now but it won't be long before Leech jet sets over to The States for the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. The festival takes place in Utah in January and Leech will be promoting his latest film In Fear.
The Indie thriller focuses on a young couple who get lost on a creepy country road on their way to a music festival.
"I'm heading over to Sundance in January which should be good fun."
Allen will also star in Grand Piano, a psychological thriller due for release in early 2013 starring Lord of the Rings star Elijah Woods.
Allen will be back in the UK in February filming the fourth series of Downton. "There is going to be a fourth series and we start filming in Febuary."
Allen said he has been blown away by the success of the series. "It's incredible. I cannot get over how big it is. We've been nominated for the Screen Actors Guild awards in the States."
"The other day I was talking to someone who was watching it in Mexico, it's amazing how far the series has travelled," Allen told Newstalk presenter Tom Dunne this morning.
And Leech says the series has opened lots of doors for him. "Yep - there's lots of opportunities for all of us since the series started. It's opened doors. People are definitely more interested in you because of your connection to the show."