Downton Abbey actor Thomas Howes’ Titanic role

Thomas Howes as George Symons  from the MAC's production of Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner's Inquiry, 1912).
Thomas Howes as George Symons from the MAC's production of Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner's Inquiry, 1912).
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HE has already played a role in one of the tragic events of the early 20th century.

Now former Downton Abbey star Thomas Howes, from Doncaster, is back in Edwardian costume to find himself acting out the aftermath of another!

Thomas, originally from Woodlands, saw his Downton character William killed off in the trenches of World War One around 1916.

Now his latest role seen him going back to another tragedy, with the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.

Thomas Howes is playing the role of George Symons, the ship’s lookout, in a new production of Titanic, being staged in Belfast, the city where the famous liner was built.

He is part of the first play ever to be performed at the Irish city’s new Metropolitan Arts Centre.

He said he had ditched his Doncaster accent for the show.

He said: “I will be adopting a Weymouth accent for the role.”

The full title of the new production is Titanic: Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner’s Inquiry 1912.

It commemorates the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship that had been claimed to be unsinkable.

Thomas said: “The play is a thrilling courtroom drama focusing on the inquiry led into the events of that fateful night, filled with intrigue and emotion.

“It is made all the more poignant because every word is what was actually said by the real people at the time.”

This production of Titanic marks Thomas’s return to the professional stage for the first time in three years.

But he plans to return to Doncaster later this year - and finally move away from tragedies for a while.

He has signed up to take part in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as director, with his own production company, 2Act.

The production is due to be staged in the summer in the grounds of Cusworth Hall. He plans to announce details of the show in the next few weeks.

He said his production at Cusworth would be one of Doncaster’s contributions to Shakespeare 2012 and the World Shakespeare Festival.