On 23 May, British Consul-General to New York Danny Lopez hosted a night celebrating European theatre at the British Residence to mark the ten year anniversary of Origin Theatre Company, and to salute its founder George Heslin. The dinner was co-hosted by the Northern Ireland Bureau and was attended by Origin board members, and long-term supporters including representatives of the American Ireland Fund, Mutual of America and 59 E 59 Theatre. The night’s guest of honour was Brendan Coyle, also known as the ill-fated valet Mr. Bates in smash television series Downton Abbey.There is more at the source.
Coyle, a Olivier and New York Theatre Critic Award-winning actor, provided some behind-the-scenes quips about Downton Abbey. Coyle remained tight-lipped about plot developments for season three, but admitted his delight at the fan base for his character, manifested in the fan-generated “Free Mr. Bates Campaign.” Earlier in the week, Origin announced Coyle's appointment as Honorary Patron of the company.
"Theatre is my passion and I am excited to have the opportunity to work with George and the board to develop our shared vision of nurturing talent" said Coyle. "Through Origin, New York audiences can experience the depth and breadth of exciting European theatre."
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Downton in Midtown: Brendan Coyle at British Residence
Brendan was part of the Origin Theater Company's auction back in May but he also attended a dinner at the British Residence in NYC: