DUBLIN actor Allen Leech may be known for his role on the hit period drama Downton Abbey but to Amy Huberman, he's a former flatmate.
The Killiney native revealed to the Herald that he lived with his Rewind co-star right up until the day she met her now husband Brian O'Driscoll.
Allen admitted actress Amy swiftly moved out of their apartment and jumped on the first flight back home after meeting the rugby ace.
"Amy is lovely, we were flatmates for a while when she lived in London. We lived together just before she started going out with Brian.
"She came back from Dublin on a trip one time and said she had met a guy. Eventually, she told me it was Brian O'Driscoll. As she was telling me the story she was packing her bags again to go back home," he said.
And the pair have stayed in touch since sharing the London flat all those years ago. Allen says he went the couple's wedding last year and they remain close friends.
"I went to their wedding there last year which was great, and we worked on the movie Rewind together. She's a really talented actress, we're still good friends," he said.
Amy is filming a series for Comedy Central in London at the moment, and Allen himself has received massive success from his role as Tom Branson on Downton Abbey.
Allen (30) says the response to the show has been amazing.
"Everyone was really shocked by the response of the show. Everybody hopes that it's going to be a big success but none of the cast expected it to do as well as it did.
"And now all the TV stations have taken it on and it's in the states too. The show is in over 200 countries -- it's crazy."
Allen, who studied drama and theatre at Trinity College, said that the cast are now waiting to find out if a third series has been commissioned.
"We're just waiting now to hear from producers if we're going to go again for another series. But I think Downton Abbey was only made to last three or four series," he said.
"Plus we're racing through time at the moment -- they will have a 60-year-old actor playing my role soon!"
The Dublin actor, who has starred in the Irish movies Cowboys And Angels and Mad About Dog, added: "I normally find myself in period dramas. I always seem to be in period costumes rather than in modern day."