DOWNTON ABBEY SPECIAL: Brendan Coyle, who plays Mr Bates, is available


DOWNTON ABBEY SPECIAL: Brendan Coyle, who plays Mr Bates, tells a nation of swooning women he’s available

10:03 PM on 16th September 2011

The real Mr Bates: Actor Brendan Coyle is single and on the lookout for someone to spend the rest of his days with

The real Mr Bates: Actor Brendan Coyle is single and on the lookout for someone to spend the rest of his days with

Heart throb: Bates is the lynchpin of the new series and we get to see his darker side. He emerges as more of a damaged hero

Heart throb: Bates is the lynchpin of the new series and we get to see his darker side. He emerges as more of a damaged hero

A real gent: When Downton Abbey returns, well be rooting for Bates A real gent: When Downton Abbey returns, well be rooting for Bates

A real gent: When Downton Abbey returns, we’ll be rooting for Bates

Core cast member: Brendan (right) with his Downton Abbey co-stars, from left, Rob James-Collier, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth Froggatt and Joanne Froggatt

Core cast member: Brendan (right) with his Downton Abbey co-stars, from left, Rob James-Collier, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth Froggatt and Joanne Froggatt