Who didn't love second footman 'William' played by Thomas Howes on Downton Abbey? He was adorable and he saved Matthew after all! I couldn't help but shed a tear when he died! So just what has Thomas Howes been up to since leaving the show? He is taking on a new role centered around the Titanic:
His latest role sees him going back to another tragedy, with the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.
Thomas Howes is playing the role of George Symons, the ship’s lookout, in a new production of Titanic, being staged in Belfast, the city where the famous liner was built.
He is part of the first play ever to be performed at the Irish city’s new Metropolitan Arts Centre.
He said he had ditched his Doncaster accent for the show.
He said: “I will be adopting a Weymouth accent for the role.”
The full title of the new production is Titanic: Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner’s Inquiry 1912.
It commemorates the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship that had been claimed to be unsinkable.
Thomas said: “The play is a thrilling courtroom drama focusing on the inquiry led into the events of that fateful night, filled with intrigue and emotion.
“It is made all the more poignant because every word is what was actually said by the real people at the time.”
This summer Thomas will be directing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with his own production company, 2Act at Cusworth Hall in Doncaster as part of Shakespeare 2012 and the World Shakespeare Festival.