Born September 23, 1976 (Libra)
Despite playing a less than desirable character on Downton Abbey, there’s no denying Rob James Collier is downright desirable. You might remember his stint on Coronation Street from 2006-2008 playing heartthrob Liam. It’s no wonder he won the Sexiest Male award at the 2007 and 2008 British Soap Awards. James-Collier’s popularity and good looks got him work for Argos, where he appeared in two of their catalogues while working on Coronation Street.
James-Collier was born in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Before acting, he earned two degrees. He studied business at Huddersfield and marketing at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. James-Collier came into acting quite by chance. A friend of his was shooting a film and one of the actors didn’t show up. The friend asked Rob to fill in. After the experience, James-Collier found an acting coach in the Yellow Pages and started taking acting classes after work.