Oh Lord! Just look what we did before Downton: Photos show stars before they became household names
so this. this is a young mr. bates (via downton) and that's all I am going to say about that.
John Bates, Valet and former prisoner. Bates is enjoying freedom in the cottage he shares with his devoted wife Anna, but how far is he prepared to go to defend their happiness? His hard won sense of justice sees him help Molesley in his time of need; and both their allegiances to the Crawleys, in defence of their reputation, are put to the test. Played by Brendan Coyle.
If you weren't swooning for Bates before. Now Brendan Coyle is channeling super-adorable. With. A. BABY!
Brendan Coyle--great British character actor! North and South as Mr. Higgins, in Downtown Abbey as Mr. Bates.
Bates in a Kilt! I'm going to go ahead and assume that this actor lives with a woman, and that the black bra on the bed belongs to her. He looks way hot in his kilt, and with no cane.