Allen Leech

Allen Leech

Highest Rated: 89% The Imitation Game (2014)

Lowest Rated: 33% The Hunter's Prayer (2017)

Birthday: May 18, 1981

Birthplace: Killiney, Ireland

Known for his role as unlikely aristocrat Tom Branson on the hugely popular series "Downton Abbey" (ITV, 2010-2015), Allen Leech was born in Dublin in 1981. He was just 11 years old when he was cast as the Cowardly Lion in a school production of "The Wizard of Oz," and he knew immediately that his life's passion was to be an actor. Leech even won a small role in a professional production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" at Dublin's Gate Theatre starring Frances McDormand when he was only 17 years old. He soon enrolled at Trinity College where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master's degree in Drama and Theatre Studies, though he later admitted that his grades at the university often suffered, as he was frequently more focused on auditioning for and appearing in plays than he was on his studies, playing Willie in "The Queen and Peacock" at the Garter Lane Arts Centre and appearing as Young Charlie in Hugh Leonard's "Da" at the Abbey Theatre. Leech landed his first significant on-screen role in 2003 when he was cast in the independent comedy-drama "Cowboys & Angels" (2003). He opened himself up to a wider audience a few years later when he was cast in the recurring role of Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa on the prestige period series "Rome" (BBC, 2005-2007). Period dramas would prove a successful path for Leech, as he played the doomed Frances Dereham in a three-episode arc on "The Tudors" (Showtime, 2007-2010) shortly before being cast on "Downton Abbey" in 2010. The show's massive success made him a famous name, and he stuck with the show until it eventually wrapped in 2015. In the meantime, Leech also appeared in other projects during the show's run, including the horror movie "In Fear" (2013) and the acclaimed historical drama "The Imitation Game" (2014). He went on to appear in the crime drama "The Hunter's Prayer" (2017) and celebrated a milestone in his personal life the following year, when he married actor Jessica Blair Herman. Next, Leech appeared in the wildly successful Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" (2018) playing agent Paul Prenter before reprising the role of Tom for the "Downton Abbey" (2019) movie, which proved to be a hit proportionate to the show's success. He quickly followed the project with a co-starring role opposite Sophia Bush in the TV movie thriller "Surveillance" (CBS, 2019).

Highest rated movies

The Imitation Game Downton Abbey: A New Era Downton Abbey
In Fear
Doing Money
Grand Piano
Bohemian Rhapsody
My Name Is Andrea




86% 97% Downton Abbey: A New Era Tom Branson (Character) $43.3M 2022
50% No Score Yet My Name Is Andrea Unknown (Character) - 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet As Luck Would Have It Brennan O'Brien (Character) - 2021
84% 94% Downton Abbey Tom Branson (Character) $96.8M 2019
60% 85% Bohemian Rhapsody Paul Prenter (Character) $216.3M 2018
80% No Score Yet Doing Money Unknown (Character) - 2018
33% 23% The Hunter's Prayer Richard Addison (Character) - 2017
89% 91% The Imitation Game John Cairncross (Character) $91.1M 2014
81% 41% In Fear Max (Character) - 2013
79% 47% Grand Piano Wayne (Character) $22.4K 2013
46% 44% The Sweeney Simon Ellis (Character) $26.3K 2012
No Score Yet 11% Rewind Karl (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Deep Breaths Danny (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 79% Man About Dog Mo Chara (Character) - 2004


No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2020 2022
No Score Yet 8% The View Guest 2013 2015 2019 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Home & Family Guest 2021
No Score Yet 69% The Good Doctor Ariel Reznik (Guest Star) 2020
82% 15% A Little Late With Lilly Singh Guest 2019
No Score Yet 28% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2015 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet TRL Guest 2018
83% 64% Bellevue Unknown (Character) 2017
91% 93% Downton Abbey on Masterpiece Tom Branson (Character) 2012-2016
No Score Yet 44% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2015
No Score Yet 77% Primeval Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
86% 97% Rome Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa (Guest Star) 2007