Rob James-Collier has revealed that his character Thomas Barrow will be showing his "claws" in the fourth series of Downton Abbey.
Barrow will apparently clash with the new nanny looking after baby Sybbie, unveiling his "devilish streak" once again to viewers.
"Obviously Thomas always had a soft spot for Lady Sybil. They bonded at the military hospital. We saw how upset he was when she died. So now she's passed he's obviously going to have a soft spot for her child," said the former Coronation Street actor.
"This nanny comes with Sybbie, she's gets quite protective with the baby - and that's obviously the wrong thing to do with Thomas.
"He takes umbrage and marks her card from that point in. Just because she disrespected him."
He added: "If you rile a tiger he's going to show his claws."
Commenting on the darker side of his character, he said: "I think a lot of it is just inherent in his personality - he has always had that devilish streak in him.
"A lot of it might have been just boredom. He's always looking for something, a bit of excitement, gossip, scandal - anything he can do to pass the time and amuse his mind."
James-Collier also said that he was pleased with the way his character's sexuality was dealt with in series three, claiming that it was important to confront the subject of sexuality in the Downton era.
"I wanted to see what effect being gay in Edwardian times had on the person and the people around him. I think we needed to explore it. Because of that people have warmed and seen a different side to him; he's got more layers," he said.
Downton Abbey series four will premiere Sunday, September 22 at 9pm on ITV.
It returns in the US in 2014 on PBS.
Sounds lolzy tbh. hf Queen Bee Thomas