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Film role for Downton's Allen

DOWNTON Abbey heartthrob Allen Leech has revealed the sectret behind his success -- making sure to "enjoy the craic".

The Dubliner (31), who plays charming chauffeur Tom Branson in the hit TV series, has just landed a role alongside Lord Of The Rings star Elijah Wood in a new film which could launch his career in Hollywood.

Grand Piano, a psychological thriller due for release in early 2013, is being filmed in Barcelona.

The role follows parts in HBO's series Rome and the retro-cop movie The Sweeney.

Asked what was the secret to his success, Allen said: "Just take it as it comes is a philosophy that hasn't done badly for me so far. And enjoy the craic."