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Tom Cullen

Tom Cullen is the ruggedly handsome (but, admittedly, straight) actor who plays dashing Lord Gillingham in the hit British family drama Downtown Abbey. Cullen was born in Aberystwyth, Wales in the United Kingdom and studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) in Cardiff. He first won our hearts in Andrew Haigh's directional debut Weekend, a frank and unflinching indie love drama between two men who meet in a bar, hook up, and fall in love. The film drew praise for breaking new ground in the tired circuit of gay cinema. Follow OUT for every update on Tom's rising career.

Downton Abbey on MASTERPIECE premieres January 5 at 9/8c on PBS.

December 30 2013 9:00 AM

"They're too busy on Grindr showing off their arses," quips a character in Andrew Haigh's strikingly accomplished debut feature, Weekend. But Haigh doesn't dwell on the symptoms of the modern gay condition. He makes something altogether more universal and interesting: a story that isn't so much about being gay as it is about love.

"Gay-themed films have never talked about how I see being gay," says the writer-director. "That was the fundamental thing to start with. I was trying to say something honest about relationships."

August 22 2011 8:00 PM