'Go f--- yourself!' Downton Abbey's Mr Bates rips into fan

Brendan Coyle
He might play a mild-mannered butler on screen, but Downton Abbey's Brendan Coyle was anything but accommodating in a Twitter feud with a fan.

Discussing former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, 48-year-old Coyle took offense when Downton fan Roberta Knighton told him she thought the comments he was making about the former PM were "beneath him."

The BAFTA and Emmy-nominated actor was quick to hit back, "Hard to know how to respond to that … but go f--- yourself feels about right". "You have no idea what is beneath me … PS go f--- yourself x."

Coyle plays much-loved character Mr Bates on the British period drama, which is heading into its fourth season (the third will air soon on the Seven Network).

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