Last time we saw Allen Leech (in Downton Abbey attire at least) he was fighting back tears after a bold maid tried it on with Branson, but word on the street is that he wouldn't kick his baby daughter's new nanny out of bed if he found her there.

As per The Mirror, Downton bosses have reportedly just cast a particularly brilliant young actress to help heal Tom Branson's broken heart during Season 4. Their source says that newcomer Daisy Lewis really impressed the casting bosses when she auditioned for the role, and is set to make quite the impression on the Crawley clan.

"Tom will have an even bigger role in the new series after ­becoming the estate manager of Downton. The writers know he is a very popular ­character and the ­viewers were gripped by Lady Sybil’s traumatic death" the source said. "In the Christmas special one of the new maids tried to kiss Tom although, at the time, he wasn’t quite ready to move on. But viewers will see that’s all going to change in the new series."

"Daisy will become one of Downton’s most prominent characters. She wowed producers in her audition and they are delighted to have secured such a brilliant young actress. Her romance with Tom will be one of the main storylines of the series. He will begin to develop feelings for her and they start a secret affair."

Here's hoping that (if the news turns out to be true) she can win our hearts like Jessica Brown Findlay's Sybil did. We're still not ok with that Fellowes. Sob.