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'Downton Abbey' star Brendan Coyle blasts 'X Factor generation'

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Downton Abbey star Brendan Coyle has said that shows like The X Factor give kids false hope.

The actor, who plays Bates in the ITV drama, bemoaned the Simon Cowell series for creating a generation of youngsters unaware of their limitations.

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"I would have loved to have been a footballer like my great uncle Matt Busby, but I knew quite early on that I wasn't going to make the grade," he said to the Radio Times.

"Luckily I was told by the age of 13 that I wasn't good enough. That's not a bad thing. You see this X Factor generation of kids now who don't accept that they're not good enough."

Coyle also discussed the role that Downton Abbey has had on his career, revealing: "I was offered the chance to play a lot of moody men."

Coyle will next be seen in Starlings, which begins Sunday, May 13 at 8pm on Sky1.

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