Allen Leech
Irish actor
Allen Leech
Allen Leech, known in his early career as Alan Leech, is an Irish stage, television and film actor. A native of Killiney, Leech made his professional acting debut with a small part in a 1998 production of A Streetcar Named Desire. He made his first major film appearance in as Vincent Cusack in Cowboys & Angels and earned an Irish Film & Television Awards nomination in 2004 with his performance as Mo Chara in Man About Dog.
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Watch The 'Downton Abbey' Cast Play A Dirty Game Of Cards Against Humanity
Huffington Post - about 1 year
They might play refined lords and ladies on screen, but there's nothing like a game of Cards Against Humanity to shake up the aristocracy.  For the second time this year, Entertainment Weekly gathered some of your favorite stars from "Downton Abbey," including Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle and Allen Leech to play the notoriously inappropriate card game. Dockery, in fact, is so good at outwitting her co-stars that they assign her a new name -- Lady Dirty Mary.  It's unclear when exactly the cast gathered together, but seeing Dockery smile and laugh is a welcome sight after the recent death of her fiancé. Watch the full video above.    Also on HuffPost:  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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'Downton Abbey' Actress Michelle Dockery Gives Emotional Speech At Boyfriend John Dineen's Funeral
Huffington Post - about 1 year
"Downton Abbey" actress Michelle Dockery's boyfriend, John Dineen, died Sunday morning after reportedly battling a rare form of cancer.  The 34-year-old Dineen, who worked as a senior director of FTI consulting in London, began datingDockery in 2013 after they were introduced by the actress' "Downton" co-star, Allen Leech. The two were reportedly engaged. Dineen's funeral was held on Wednesday in County Cork, Ireland. Dockery delivered a moving tribute to her late love, calling Dineen a man of "great depth and integrity."  "Whether in his work or his personal life John was extremely loyal," said Dockery, according to the Irish Times. "It was clear that when John was in your corner he was there. I was honored to know John. To love him and be loved by him. He was my friend, my King, my hero, my everything. We celebrate him, we honor him and we will miss him." During her speech, Dockery described her late boyfriend as charming and funny.  "John's charm was legendary," s ...
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'Downton Abbey' Stars Speak In American Accents, Lose Their Cool
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Let's hope the dowager doesn't hear this! On Thursday night's episode of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," Michelle Dockery, Allen Leech and Hugh Bonneville of "Downton Abbey" stopped by to discuss the final season of their beloved PBS (or ITV, if you're in the U.K.) show.  While Colbert tried to explain while the show was so darn appealing to Americans, he offered the stars an acting challenge.  "I think one of the things that I suspect makes the show so alluring and seem somewhat like a fairy tale to us in the United States is just how plummy all your accents are," said Colbert to the actors. "We hear the accent and think of it as very classy. So, I'd like to try an experiment right now, if you don't mind. Can you guys try an American accent for me?"   Watch their hilarious attempt at being American below:  They sound so ... normal! (At least, to us on this side of the pond.)  It's a little sad, because we prefer the posh British accents that m ...
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In Transit Blog: A ‘Downton’ Weekend in Georgia
NYTimes - over 3 years
The Sea Island resort’s “Downton Abbey” program in January will have series star Allen Leech as its host.     
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In Transit Blog: A ‘Downton’ Weekend in Georgia
NYTimes - over 3 years
The Sea Island resort’s “Downton Abbey” program in January will have series star Allen Leech as its host.     
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'Downton' Cast On Mourning Matthew, Mary's Love Life And The End Of The Series
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Downton Abbey" returns to PBS for Season 4 on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, and the cast and executive producer Gareth Neame visited the Television Critics Association summer press tour to field questions on the hotly anticipated new season, which will see the Crawley family reeling in the aftermath of heir Matthew's (Dan Stevens) untimely death in the Season 3 finale. "Downton Abbey" Season 4 will span from February 1922 to spring/summer 1923, and Neame pointed out that a time shift will help both the characters and the audience get a little distance from the loss of Matthew: "I think all of us in a way, as viewers of the show, feel we’ve gone through a bereavement with the loss of Matthew, and it’s really nice to feel that we’ve gone through several months of coming to terms with that, and we are going to reconnect with these characters who have also had several months to deal with the immediate shock of that, so that both the audience and the characters have experienced some pa ...
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She's Poised To Shakeup 'Downton Abbey'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Downton Abbey" has reportedly cast Daisy Lewis in a key role. According to The Mirror, Lewis will play the live-in governess for the daughter of Tom Branson (Allen Leech) and the late Sybill Crawley (Jessica Brown Findlay). "Daisy will become one of 'Downton's' most prominent characters. She wowed producers in her audition and they are delighted to have secured such a brilliant young actress," a source told The Mirror. Look for the two to start a secret affair. Lewis' other credits include "Doctor Who" and "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes' "From Time to Time." Request for confirmation from Masterpiece was not immediately returned. Lewis isn't the only new face popping up on "Downton Abbey." Gary Carr will portray the show's first black character, Jack Ross, a jazz singer. Other new cast additions include Tom Cullen, Nigel Harman, Dame Harriet Walter, Joanna David, Julian Ovenden and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Additionally, Paul Giamatti will guest as Harold ...
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Here Comes The Bride?!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
At the end of Season 3 of "Downton Abbey," Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) became a single mother after her husband Matthew (Dan Stevens) died in a car accident. But is the widow moving on already when the show returns in January 2014? When asked about a second wedding for Lady Mary in the show's upcoming Season 4, Dockery assured fans that her character "hasn't moved on that quickly" and that she will mourn Matthew properly. "The predicament that Mary's in now is that she does need to find someone eventually," Dockery explained to the LA Times. "She has the heir to Downton, she has baby George and she is under pressure to find someone. In that world, women had to find someone. It was all about marriage and who you'd spend the rest of your life with." As fans know, Lady Mary will have no shortage of suitors in Season 4. "She's an eligible bachelorette," Dockery told the LA Times. "It's exciting. We've got some great actors joining the show." Tom Cullen and Julian Ovenden ...
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Keck's Exclusives: A New Downton Abbey Romance?
Seattle Pi - almost 4 years
Keck's Exclusives: A New Downton Abbey Romance? Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 5:08 pm, Sunday, March 10, 2013 With Downton Abbey killing off two of my favorite characters - Lady Sybil and Matthew Crawley - is it possible their surviving spouses could find love with one another? - Emma, New Orleans Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) and Allen Leech (Tom Branson) - who are already a few episodes into shooting Season 4 - expressed horror at the mere suggestion of such a coupling. [...] the two will bond over their mutual situation as single parents.
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Maureen Ryan: Why That 'Downton Abbey' Shocker Is For The Best (Really!)
The Huffington Post - about 4 years
Do not read on unless you've seen the "Downton Abbey" Season 3 finale. "Downton Abbey" fans, I know you're still reeling from what happened in the final minute of the show's season (well, you're reeling if you managed to avoid the spoilers that were everywhere after the season finale aired in England a couple months ago). I know it may be hard to hear this, but all things considered, I think Matthew Crawley's death was for the best. Before you charge off to the comment area to tell me I'm history's greatest monster, please take note of what I am not saying. I'm not saying it'll be easy for the show to lose Dan Stevens. It's an enormous loss; Stevens is one of the best actors in the cast. But let's be honest: The actor, who talked about his decision to leave the show late last year, was saddled with some of the show's dumbest story lines. In Season 2, Matthew went from wheelchair-bound invalid to healthy chap in less time than it takes for Carson to serv ...
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Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey Star, Flashes Sideboob at SAG Awards 2013
US Magazine - about 4 years
What would the Dowager Countess have to say about this? Michelle Dockery was among the select stars of Downton Abbey on hand for the SAG Awards 2013 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles Sunday, Jan. 27 -- where the BBC costume drama picked up the award for Best Ensemble, Drama. But it was the 31-year-old British actress' chosen dress of the evening that really stole the show: a vintage Chado Ralph Rucci black satin gown with sheer panels that displayed a shocking amount of "side boob." (Dockery also sported a chic new bob hairdo, and accessorized the look with black satin Elba pumps by Rupert Sanderson.) PHOTOS: What all the stars wore at the 2013 SAGs The star, who plays the more buttoned-up Lady Mary Crawley on the smash series, seemed unfazed by the exposure as she posed on the red carpet -- causing major melee among enthralled photographers clamoring for Dockery to pose for more shots. At one point, Dockery giggled over the commotion and gave her publicist a knowing loo ...
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Allen Leech Drives Us To 'Downton Abbey' As This Week's Hump Day Hottie
MTV News - about 4 years
Consider us very pleased there's so much Branson—we mean Tom—on this season of "Downton Abbey." It just means we get to check out more of the dreamboat that is Allen Leech. Adding to his hottie factor is the fact that he’s also kind of a dead ringer for One Direction babe Niall Horan. So, to honor his hotness (and his uncanny ability to pull off driving goggles), we’re naming him this week's Hump Day Hottie. Check out this dreamy photo of Allen, and keep reading for more details about him! Vital stats: This 31-year-old grew up in Ireland and knew early on that he wanted to pursue a career in the world of acting. So, he went out and got some degrees (a bachelor of arts and a master's degree in drama and theatre studies from Trinity College, to be exact), and then went off to pursue his dream. Where you might have already seen him: Allen is anything but a newbie when it comes to TV. When not appearing in smaller indies, he’s garnered roles on shows like "Love Is The Drug," "L ...
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Weekend Playlist: Downton Abbey, Lifetime's Amish Murder, Portlandia, and More
Seattle Pi - about 4 years
Weekend Playlist: Downton Abbey, Lifetime's Amish Murder, Portlandia, and More Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 8:13 am, Friday, January 4, 2013 That's just one of the many entertaining questions and diverting dilemmas presented by the long-awaited - and well worth the wait - third season of this Masterpiece Classic addiction, which returns like a delicious if bittersweet bonbon. [...] how I hope you've kept the blinders on regarding the many spoilers issuing from across the pond during the recent U.K. telecast.) "No family is ever what it seems from the outside," muses the formidable Dowager Countess (the peerless Maggie Smith) during one of the many crises that beset the Crawleys and their loyal servants over the next seven Sundays (PBS, check tvguide.com listings. The big event in this Sunday's ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Allen Leech
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 33
    He was named one of GQ's 50 best dressed men in Britain in 2015. Leech dated television presenter Charlie Webster in 2014–15.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2011
    Age 29
    He plays the role of officer Sam Leonard in television series Primeval in 2011 in series five.
    More Details Hide Details Leech also stars in the 2012 film adaptation The Sweeney. Leech was voted sexiest Irish male in 2005 in U Magazine.
  • 2010
    Age 28
    In 2010, he appeared on the small screen in The Tudors as the doomed Francis Dereham, former lover of Catherine Howard.
    More Details Hide Details Leech also appears in ITV 2010s television series Downton Abbey as chauffeur Tom Branson, whose political ideologies clash with the upper class.
  • 2004
    Age 22
    Leech's breakthrough film performance was in Cowboys and Angels, in which he played Vincent, a gay fashion student, followed by the 2004 cross country caper film Man About Dog, in which Leech plays Mo-Chara, one of three Belfast scallies who get in way above their heads.
    More Details Hide Details Leech played the role of Shane Kirwan in the Ireland's RTÉ series Love Is the Drug, in which he received a Best Actor nomination from the Irish Film and Television Awards. He followed that up with the role of Willy in the television series Legend, which is the story of three different Irish families. He received a Best Supporting Actor nomination from Irish Film and Television Awards for his performance. In 2007, Leech appeared in the HBO drama series Rome as Marcus Agrippa, Octavian's top soldier and friend. The film, Rewind, opened in Ireland on 25 March 2011.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1998
    Age 16
    Afterwards, drama became the "focal point" of his teenage years, apart from his family life, and drama and family support helped him through his school years. He became set on acting after winning a small role in a 1998 production of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Gate Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details He earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master's Degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from Trinity College, Dublin, later noting this was a "loophole" in his parents' stipulation that he earn a degree to fall back on if he failed to have success as an actor. He landed his first major roles in Cowboys & Angels and Man About Dog while at Trinity, and he has admitted that he did little schoolwork because he spent his time on auditions and acting. Leech's first professional stage role was at the Gate in their production of A Streetcar Named Desire. "I was the gentleman caller to Frances McDormand's Blanche Dubois. The Coen brothers were walking backstage, and me a naive 16-year-old." He appeared as Willi in the Queen and Peacock, at the Garter Lane Arts Centre. The following years, Leech was in Tom Murphy's The Morning After Optimism and then Hugh Leonard's Da at the Abbey.
    A native of Killiney, he made his professional acting debut with a small part in a 1998 production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
    More Details Hide Details He made his first major film appearance as Vincent Cusack in Cowboys & Angels and earned an Irish Film & Television Awards nomination in 2004 with his performance as Mo Chara in Man About Dog. Leech came to international attention as Marcus Agrippa on the HBO historical drama Rome. Leech was born in Killiney, County Dublin to David Leech, the CEO of a computer systems company, and Kay Leech, a housewife. He is the third of four children; he has an older brother Greg, an older sister Ali, and a younger brother Simon. He attended St Michael's College. He became interested in acting at 11 when he was given the part of the Cowardly Lion in a school production of The Wizard of Oz and found he loved being on stage. He recalled how he immediately decided to become an actor when Peter McDonald told him how acting is a profession on the last night of the production's run.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1981
    Born
    Born on May 18, 1981.
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