Our favorite period drama series, Downton Abbey, finally returned Jan. 6 with the US premiere of the third season! And although we love Lady Violet's witty one-liners and ogling all the fashion of the era, we're also thrilled to see our DA crushes return to our TV screens. While we constantly swoon over how sweet Mr. Bates is with Anna and how much we want to marry Matthew Crawley, even the most unlikeable characters like Thomas suddenly make us do a double take when we see their hot actor counterparts out in the real world. Find out more about the men behind the gentlemen of Downton Abbey — including some of the new characters in the third season — with our comparisons of the actors versus the characters they play. Before the second episode premieres Jan. 13, weigh in on who you find more appealing now!
Downton Abbey Gents: Hotter in Real Life or on Screen?
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