James-Collier in May 2014
1976 (age 43–44)
James-Collier was born in Salford, Greater Manchester, as Robert Collier, but changed his name to Robert James-Collier to comply with the rules of Equity and avoid confusion with another actor of that earlier name. He was educated at St Patrick's Roman Catholic High School in Eccles, Greater Manchester.
James-Collier has two degrees; he studied business at the University of Huddersfield and marketing at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
Having no experience as an actor, James-Collier auditioned for the series Down to Earth. Stars Ricky Tomlinson and Denise Welch were convinced by his talent, and he got the part of the womanising pub landlord. In 2006 he appeared in New Street Law and played a small part as 'Stud' in Shameless series 3, episode 5 under the name of Rob Collier.
In 2006 he joined Coronation Street as one of the brothers buying a share of the local underwear factory. He left the show in October 2008. In an interview in early 2008, James-Collier announced he was leaving the soap but was planning to come back in the future. However, in June 2008, it was reported that the character of Liam was set to be 'brutally' killed off in the soap as part of a murder-mystery plotline where three well known residents would fall under suspicion for the crime. One of these would be Tony Gordon played by Gray O'Brien, who was in a relationship with Carla Connor played by Alison King in the show.
After leaving Coronation Street, James-Collier had a leading role as under butler (formerly first footman) Thomas Barrow in Downton Abbey, from 2010 to 2015, and has appeared in the West End stage version of Calendar Girls.
James-Collier played Kevin O'Dowd in ITV's 2016 crime drama, The Level. In 2017, James-Collier starred in British horror film, The Ritual, in which The Guardian described his performance as "a fierce screen presence". He will also play a small role in Jessica Hynes directorial debut, The Fight.
James-Collier modelled for Argos, where he appeared in the Autumn/Winter 2007 and Spring/Summer 2008 catalogues.
He won the Sexiest Male award at the 2007 and 2008 British Soap Awards in addition to "Best Exit" at the 2009 British Soap Awards. He won Sexiest Male and Best Newcomer at the 2007 Inside Soap Awards.
|2012||Spike Island||Mr Milligan|
|2015||A Christmas Star||Pat McKerrod|
|2019||Downton Abbey||Thomas Barrow|
|2005||Perfect Day||Alex||Television film|
|2005||Down to Earth||Nicky Christy||Recurring role; 10 episodss|
|2006||Shameless||Stud/Jim||1 episode: "Episode No. 3.5"|
|2006||Casualty||Martin Stonewall||1 episode: "Secrets and Lies"|
|2006||Dalziel and Pascoe||Simon Thewlis||1 episode: "The Cave Woman: Part 2"|
|2006–2008||Coronation Street||Liam Connor||Series regular; 330 episodes; |
Won – Best Exit – British Soap Awards
Won – Sexiest Male (2008) – Inside Soap Awards
Won – Sexiest Male (2007) – Inside Soap Awards
|2010–2015||Downton Abbey||Thomas Barrow||Main role; |
Won – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2012–2014)
|2011||Moving On||Clive||1 episode: "The Milkman"|
|2012||Love Life||Joe||Main role|
|2013||Moving On||Aiden Evans||1 episode: "Visiting Order"|
|2016||The Level||Kevin O'Dowd||Main role|
|2016||The Attendant||Alex||Short film|
|2018||Urban Myths||Colonel Archie Christie||1 episode: "Agatha Christie"|
|2019||Vera||Richard||1 episode: "Cold River"|
|2019||Death in Paradise||Oliver Carr||1 episode|
|2019||Ackley Bridge||Martin Evershed||Main role|
|2020||Fate: The Winx Saga|
- "Rob James-Collier on life in Downton Abbey as Thomas Barrow". Lancashire Life. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
- men Administrator (19 February 2007). "Unknown Rob flies the Co-op". men. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
- "Corrie's latest bad boy". Manchester Evening News. 17 April 2010.
- Lockyer, Daphne (13 March 2012). "Rob James Collier steps out from Downton Abbey". Daily Express. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
- "School goes to top of class". Manchester Evening News. 18 April 2010.
- "Up stairs down". The Northern Echo. 23 September 2010. Archived from the original on 26 September 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2010.
- Soaps – News – 'Liam' quits Corrie over "typecast" fears – Digital Spy
- Soaps – News – Corrie favourite killed in "whodunnit" murder – Digital Spy
- Soaps – News – Corrie star O'Brien suffers hip problems – Digital Spy
- McCormick, Joseph Patrick (7 October 2017). "Hollyoaks star hits back after Downton Abbey actor said playing gay hurt his career". www.pinknews.co.uk. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
- The Ritual review – lads' weekend turns surreal in lost-in-the-woods Brit horror – The Guardian
- Rob James-Collier on horror films, Downton Abbey and waltzing with Dame Maggie Smith – Radio Times
- "Ackley Bridge series three casts Corrie and Downton star Rob James-Collier". Metro. 16 January 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
- "Nancy – Short Film 2019". youtu.be. Retrieved 14 March 2019.