Thomas Howes takes on role in new drama

1 September 2015: Actor Thomas Howes - who played second footman William Mason in Downton Abbey - today joined the cast for a new ITV drama being shot in Hull, East Yorks.  He plays the part of one of Victorian serial killer Mary Ann Cotton's husbands -George ward - in the forthcoming ITV drama Dark Angel. He said: "I play one of the many husbands  - I am not allowed to say whether he gets done. In fact I'm not really supposed to be talking to you at all - it's all supposed to be top secret! " Howes then pretended to cover his face to stop himself being photographed. Scenes filmed in Hull today include a visit to a Sunderland pawnbrokers.'Cotton - who in real life is believed to have had at least 21 victims including 11 of 13 of her own children - is being played by another Downton star Joanne Froggatt, who played lady's maid Anna Bates, in the series. Taking one of her darkest roles to date, Froggatt takes the part of the real-life poisoner who insinuates herself into unsuspecting families, marrying and crea
1 September 2015: Actor Thomas Howes - who played second footman William Mason in Downton Abbey - today joined the cast for a new ITV drama being shot in Hull, East Yorks. He plays the part of one of Victorian serial killer Mary Ann Cotton's husbands -George ward - in the forthcoming ITV drama Dark Angel. He said: "I play one of the many husbands - I am not allowed to say whether he gets done. In fact I'm not really supposed to be talking to you at all - it's all supposed to be top secret! " Howes then pretended to cover his face to stop himself being photographed. Scenes filmed in Hull today include a visit to a Sunderland pawnbrokers.'Cotton - who in real life is believed to have had at least 21 victims including 11 of 13 of her own children - is being played by another Downton star Joanne Froggatt, who played lady's maid Anna Bates, in the series. Taking one of her darkest roles to date, Froggatt takes the part of the real-life poisoner who insinuates herself into unsuspecting families, marrying and crea
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Doncaster actor Thomas Howes of Downton Abbey fame has joined the cast of a new ITV drama.

The popular actor is busy filming scenes for Dark Angel in Hull.

Howes takes on the part of George Ward, one of Victorian Serial Killer Mary Ann Cotton’s husbands inn the forthcoming drama.

The Doncaster-born actor said: “I play one of the many husbands - I am not allowed to say whether he gets done.”

Cotton, who is believed to have claimed at least 21 victims including 11 of 13 of her own children, is being played by another Downton star Joanne Froggart, who played the part of Anna Bates in the series.

Filming is continuing in York and Saltburn later this week.

Dark Angel is directed by Emmy and Bafta award-winner Brian Percival, who has previously worked on Downton.

Thomas, who originally hails from Woodlands, launched his career at the Doncaster Little Theatre where he honed his acting skills.

He returned to the venue in 2013 for a one man show in which he spoke about his life and working alongside some of the biggest names from the acting world.