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Downton Abbey's Brendan Coyle banned for drink-driving

Actor, Brendan Cole
Image caption Brendan Coyle, who appeared in ITV's Downton Abbey, has been given a 50-month driving ban

An actor in the TV drama Downton Abbey has been banned from driving after being caught at nearly three times the legal alcohol limit.

Brendan Coyle, 52, who played Mr Bates in the ITV show, appeared before King's Lynn Magistrates' Court under his real name of David Coyle.

He was stopped by police in his BMW on the A149 near King's Lynn on 1 January.

He was banned for four years and two months and ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work.

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Image caption Mr Bates (centre) was played by Brendon Coyle in the ITV drama serial, which ended at Christmas

As reported in the Eastern Daily Press and the Lynn News, Coyle, who gave his address as South Wootton, King's Lynn, was found to have 98 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when he was tested by police.

The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

The actor, who played Mr Bates in the hit TV series, was also given a 12-month community order and a 15-day rehabilitation activity to be supervised by a probation officer.

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