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Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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Star of "Golden Boy" has a sordid past in "Downton Abbey"

If you've seen any of the umpteen advertisements for "Golden Boy" (Tuesday, 9 p.m., Ch. 2) that CBS has been running and you've thought, "Where have I seen that guy before?" - chances are you're a "Downton Abbey" fan.

The star of the new police drama, Theo James, played a small but pivotal role in the international hit. His character died in Lady Mary's bed and nearly ruined her life.

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"I'm on screen for about 20 minutes, and I still get people going, 'Mr. Pamuk!'" James said.

Yes, the man who's playing a tough NYPD detective and future police commissioner in "Golden Boy" played Kemal Pamuk in Season 1 of Downton Abbey." Pamuk spent the night with Lady Mary - which can be just terrible for the reputation of a young noble woman in the early 20th century.

Particularly because Pamuk couldn't just sneak away back to his own room, what with dying and all.

James said he didn't quite realize what a huge hit "Downton Abbey" was going to become, although, "When I did the show, I kind of felt like it was going to be a big deal. It felt like it was a quality production.."

But he never expected "Downton Abbey" to be such a success.

"No, I didn't see it coming," James said.

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