Downton Abbey is now in its fifth series; the Crawley family and their servants continue to deal with life's dramas.
Declan's Charity fling is dangerous
Jason Merrells' character has a fling with Charity Dingle
Emmerdale star Jason Merrells has warned Declan Macey's upcoming affair with Charity Dingle will have dangerous repercussions.
Declan's marriage to Katie (Sammy Winward) is in trouble as she struggles to come to terms with the fact she can't have any more children following her accident. As Katie turns to ex husband Andy Sugden for comfort, a hurt and frustrated Declan finds solace in the arms of old flame Charity (Emma Atkins).
Jason revealed: "What happens between Declan and Charity has repercussions, dangerous ones. There are things that are bubbling underneath that - time bombs."
He added: "There's complex things going on with Charity I think, because they've got history. And they always had a quite feisty, flirtatious kind of chemistry.
"I'm playing with her a little bit. Katie's not there, she's a distraction and we end up having a little bit of a fling. And then we're just trying to play each other - who is the one that will tell first."
But Declan does not want his marriage with Katie to be over. He only turns to Charity as Katie has gone to stay with Andy to work out what she really wants.
Jason said: "As far as Declan's concerned 'They're on a break!' and he'll take that and run with it. I don't think he wants that to be the final piece in the Katie and Declan story, and it's not."
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