Separated at Birth: ‘Downton Abbey’ Actor and One Direction Member

Niall Horan, left, and Allen Leech. (Twitter)

Niall Horan, left, and Allen Leech. (Twitter)

They didn’t break the mold when Allen Leech, the actor who plays former chauffeur Tom Branson on the popular Downton Abbey series, was born.

They – who “they” is we’ll leave to you, dear reader, and your own beliefs system – used it again when creating Niall Horan, a member of One Direction, the popular Anglo-Irish boy band.

Leech, 31, posted a picture of himself alongside Horan, 19, on his Twitter account yesterday (March 20):

According to Now, the two are believed to have encountered each other at a dinner in London on Monday night honoring Irish rugby star player Brian O’Driscoll. Leech and Horan are both Irish, as were many of the other boldface-named guests at the testimonial event.

Horan re-tweeted Leech’s posting, as well as sending out a tweet of his own:

For the record, the never-married Leech has no children. Also for the record, “had the craic” is Irish for “had a great time.”

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Do you think Leech and Horan look like father and son?

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