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Rob James-Collier is a well-known English actor who has also worked as a model over the years. He is popular for his depiction of Liam Connor in ITV’s Coronation Street and Thomas Barrow in PBS British historical period drama series Downton Abbey. The actor has also played a number of other important roles that have helped to bring him to the limelight.
In this piece, we explore the landmarks of his career history which include his stint as a model. Additionally, details about Rob’s interesting love life are available herein.
Career Beginnings And Why He Changed His Name
The actor was born as Robert Collier on September 23rd 1976, in the city of Salford, Greater Manchester. Eventually, his career required that he change his name to Robert James-Collier. Specifically, he changed his name to comply with the rules of the British Actors’ Equity Association which has rules that do not allow two members use the same name. Apparently, there was already a member going by the name ‘Robert Collier’ by the time he enrolled. To further distinguish himself for branding purposes, he would later be better known as just ‘Rob’ rather than ‘Robert’.
He attended St Patrick’s Roman Catholic High School, Eccles, Greater Manchester and later earned two degrees – one from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, and the other from the University of Huddersfield. All the while, he had his mind set on rising on a corporate ladder in some big company out there and he actually got a 9-to-5 job.
But fate seemed to have a different plan for him which saw him take up acting by chance. His first attempt at acting was as a favour to a friend who asked him to fill in for an actor who didn’t show up for a film shoot. He did and ended up impressing himself along the line. So, he began taking acting classes whenever he was off from work.
The Movie Roles That Shaped His Acting Career
Rob probably thought of acting as a side hustle because he still took his regular job very seriously. However, in the year 2000 when, with no considerable experience in acting, he auditioned for the BBC One TV series, Down to Earth, and was given the role of the womanizing pub landlord, after Denise Welch and Ricky Tomlinson saw his potentials. In 2006, he landed the role of Stud in the third season of Shameless, episode 5, with the name Rob Collier. That same year, he also appeared in New Street Law.
Counting on these works, he began appearing on the British Soap Opera Coronation Street as Liam Connor and remained on the soap until early 2008 when he announced in an interview that he was leaving the show but planned to come back in the future. But in June, the character he played, Liam Connor, was killed and three residents were being investigated for the crime. That ended his role in the series.
After leaving Coronation Street, Rob James-Collier landed a lead role as Thomas Barrow in the drama TV series Downton Abbey which aired from 2010 to 2015. He also starred in the West End stage version of Calendar Girls, directed by Nigel Cole.
In 2016, he appeared in the British crime drama, The Level as Kevin O’Dowd, followed by his role in the British horror film, The Ritual, as Hutch. In addition to this, the thespian has also starred in several other films and TV shows.
Rob’s Exploits As A Model
Asides acting, Rob is also into modeling as already mentioned. The good-looking Briton has modelled for the British catalogue retailer Argos and appeared in their Autumn/Winter 2007 and Spring/Summer 2008 catalogues.
He is a two-time winner of the British Soap Awards for Sexiest Male, and in addition to this, Rob James-Collier has also won the “Best Exit” at the 2009 British Soap Awards and the Sexiest Male and Best Newcomer at the 2007 Inside Soap Awards.
Who Is Rob James-Collier’s Wife Or Girlfriend?
It’s only natural for fans of the charming British star to seek details of his love life and we have all the facts herein.
Rob James-Collier is not married but has a partner named Lauren Chandiram, with whom he has a son, Milo James-Collier. Their tot was born in 2010. The couple has been together for a while but yet to talk about tying the knots as husband and wife. Rob describes Lauren as being a great support to him anyway.
We have no inkling as to who else the Briton has ever dated. Some of his fans insist that he cannot be this charming without having a bevy of women around him. So, we keep seeking to find if he has some romantic links hidden away from the media and the public eye.