Downton Abbey: Liam Neeson wants role as stableman in period drama

The actor said he would be most suited to a role below stairs

Antonia Molloy
Friday 19 September 2014 09:39
Liam Neeson said he wouldn't "cut the hierarchy"
Liam Neeson said he wouldn't "cut the hierarchy"

Liam Neeson is hoping for a role in Downton Abbey – as a rugged stableman.

The Oscar-nominated Irish actor, who is more at home in an action movie than a period drama, said he wouldn’t fit in among the aristocrats but might suit a role below stairs.

“Maybe Dan (Stevens) could have a word with them. I must speak to him (about that),” he told London Live.

“Maybe I could be a stableman or something. I definitely wouldn't cut the hierarchy, ya know?“

Fellow Hollywood actor George Clooney might also be someone to have a word with – the Academy Award-winner is to appear in a special charity episode of the ITV drama this Christmas.

But Neeson might be pushed to fit anything else into his busy schedule. He has recently finished filming A Walk Among the Tombstones alongside Stevens, which is to be released in the US tomorrow.

Neeson plays a private investigator hired by a drug kingpin (Stevens) to find out who murdered his wife.

And the actor is also being eyed for a role in a film adaptation of Harlan Coben’s crime thriller Tell No One.

Universal Pictures is reportedly courting Neeson to take on a part in the movie, which boasts a script by Argo writer Chris Terrio, according to Deadline.

However, Neeson added that he is keen to take on more work in the UK: "I would work here more. I am searching for a new play.

"Occasionally I am asked to do revivals which are okay but I am just trying to find that voice."

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