'Downton Abbey' star Rob James-Collier 'wants US TV role'

"I know Damian Lewis just won an Emmy... so I'm working hard on my own American accent," James-Collier revealed. "I think I'll nail it very soon." [lol he's obviously just being tongue in cheek here, just fyi ONTD]

He added: "There's definitely a wave of Brits doing great work on American television, and I wouldn't mind being one of them! I signed with Billy Lazarus at UTA [United Talent Agency] and hope to be auditioning here when we're not shooting."

Downton star Jessica Brown Findlay recently departed the hit period drama and has since been linked to a leading role in action movie sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Downton Abbey will return to ITV1 this Christmas for a festive special, with a full fourth series to follow in 2013.

It was recently reported that Dan Stevens - Matthew Crawley on the series - would be written out in the series four premiere, though ITV is yet to officially confirm the actor's exit.

- I know I've been making fun of Dan for wanting to do the same thing, but at least Rob hasn't been badmouthing the show and is IMO far more talented and better looking. Anyway, who do you want to see in the States ONTD, Dan or Rob?

- I hope this doesn't mean that Thomas is leaving the show D: