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Allen Leech: My Friends Try to See My Downton Abbey Scripts

11/03/2014 AT 06:15 AM EST

Allen Leech tries to lead a spoiler-free life when he’s not playing Tom Branson on Downton Abbey – but his friends make it pretty difficult.

“I used to live in a house with four guys, all of my friends,” the actor, 33, told PEOPLE Thursday while attending the BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards.

“I had to be very careful where the scripts were left, because suddenly you’d come in and someone would [say], ‘I couldn’t help but see that episode four was there.’ I was like, ‘Oh, my God!’ So I tend not to tell anyone. Not even family. No one gets it out of me, which is good!”

That said, Leech did have a few teasers for the next season of the hit PBS show, which premieres Jan. 5.

“There are a couple of things coming up in the series that I’m bracing for, for my character alone,” he said.

“Downton is again in a period of change. The first socialist government comes in, and you have a very conservative house very worried about it. And there are great story lines for characters like Edith, and where she was left at the end of the last [season]. Is she going to be able to deal with the fact that her child is basically no longer hers? Some really, really great stuff.”

As for life outside the grand manor, Leech will appear in November opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game, a movie about the life of Alan Turing, the man credited with cracking the German secret code during World War II.

It was a challenge acting-wise, admits Leech, who plays an intelligence officer. But he credits his time at Downton for mustering up the courage.

“I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity of baptism by fire with Maggie Smith over the years,” the Dublin-born actor quips. “It gives you a certain amount of confidence if you can come up to Dame Maggie’s standards, then you’re in a good place.”

Reporting by SCOTT HUVER


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RHONJ: What Made Teresa Giudice Storm Off During Part One of the Reunion?

RHONJ Recap: Nov. 2, 2014

The Real Housewives of New Jersey, from left: Amber Marchese, Dina Manzo, Melissa Gorga, Teresa Giudice, Nicole Mauriello and Teresa Aprea

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11/02/2014 AT 10:25 PM EST

Teresa Giudice stormed off the set of The Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion Sunday night when talk turned to her fraud indictment and impending imprisonment.

“I need a break. You all can have the conversation without me,” Giudice said, abruptly standing up in her gown and walking off set, asking a producer, “Where’s the bathroom?”

Giudice was upset when her cousins Kathy Wakile and Rosie Pierri joined the show and a clip was shown in which their mother (Teresa’s aunt) stated that if people do something wrong, it will eventually catch up with them.

“I don’t want to be out there with that conversation,” Giudice continued off camera. “To me, family doesn’t act like that. What my aunt said, very inappropriate.”

“This has hurt my heart,” Pierri said during Giudice’s absence. “They’re my family.”

“Are we still talkin’ about this,” Giudice said upon returning. “If so, I’ll leave again.”

Much of the focus of Part One did center on family, particularly the longstanding family feud between Dina Manzo and sister Caroline Manzo as well as brother Chris and sister-in-law Jacqueline Laurita.

“I’m not going to lie … I would never do a show with family again,” said Manzo, who amended that to say she might do a cooking show with her sister. She later became emotional and strongly hinted that she would consider reconciling with the Manzo’d with Children star. “I love my brother, I love my sister.”

But Jacqueline?

“There are certain people, I cannot have exchanges with … it’s healthier to love from a distance … I don’t want a relationship with Jacqueline … I don’t need the chaos.”

When host Andy Cohen pressed Manzo about her relationship with her nephew Nicholas, who struggles with autism, she said, “I don’t know Nicholas at all … There’s nothing I can do to help Nicholas, but pray for him.”

Cohen asked Amber Marchese – as many of the wives implied throughout the season – if she felt she was playing the cancer card to earn sympathy.

“I hope to God you never get it,” Marchese said in response to twins Nicole Napolitano and Teresa Aprea who felt she had been. “I never used it as a sympathy card … I wanted to use this show as a platform and, hopefully, save a life.”

Part Two of The Real Housewives of New Jersey‘s three-part reunion will air Thursday (8 p.m. ET) on Bravo.


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Nik Wallenda Survives Blindfolded High-Wire Walk and Reveals Next Stunt

11/02/2014 AT 09:05 PM EST

Nik Wallenda has pulled off his latest death-defying stunt.

The seventh-generation tightrope artist, 35, successfully completed a two-part walk between Chicago skyscrapers on Sunday night in a stunt that aired live on Discovery.

Facing a steep incline in one of Chicago’s windiest corridors – some 50 feet above the frigid Chicago River – Wallenda stayed focused, even during the blindfolded portion of the walk.

Before the walk, he told PEOPLE he had trained extensively in his hometown of Sarasota, Florida, instructing his support team to do everything they can to push him off the wire.

“My wife, my mom, my father, they are physically pushing me,” he said. “All my guys have been shoving me, which is way tougher than any 45-m.p.h. wind gust. They are really making me work hard, which is what I want.”

As he always does, the self-described “family man that does what daredevils do” had the full support of his wife of 14 years, Erendira, and parents Terry and Delilah, all of whom are veteran wire walkers themselves.

His biggest fans, kids Yanni, 16, Amadaos, 13, and Evita, 11, were also on hand to watch their dad.

“We’ll go out to dinner and I’ll have an incredible night’s sleep,” he told PEOPLE earlier of his post-walk plans. “It’s really about celebrating with my family.”

And he already has his sights set on his next big challenge.

“Next year is the 45th anniversary of my great-grandfather’s biggest walk, which was across Tallulah Gorge in Georgia,” Wallenda says of his idol, famed wire walker Karl Wallenda, who died in 1978 during a high-wire stunt in Puerto Rico.

“He did a headstand on the wire, and I’ve never done one in public before. I want to recreate that walk, his greatest. He’s my hero and my inspiration and I’m hoping there might be a way for me to actually simulate walking the wire with him.”

And in February, he plans to recreate his family’s famous seven-person pyramid.

“We’re going to do that in my hometown of Sarasota,” he says. “There’s a lot of family history there. It’s going back to my roots.”


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Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn Split

Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn Split

Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn

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11/02/2014 AT 09:00 PM EST

Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn are amicably separating after 13 years of marriage, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“For the sake of their children, they ask for respect and privacy as they navigate this time in their lives,” her rep says.

Harmon, who stars in the TNT drama Rizzoli & Isles, and the former NFL player got engaged on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 1998, after Sehorn surprised Harmon by walking out onto the set and getting down on one knee.

They went on to have three daughters: Finley, 11, Avery, 9, and Emery, 5.

In 2011, Harmon, 42, spoke about the difficulties of splitting her time between Los Angeles, where her show is filmed, and Charlotte, North Carolina, where the family is based.

“We don’t get out Friday nights early enough to catch a flight home,” she told Your Tango. “So I’m here [in L.A.]. We sometimes meet in Texas, a 2½-hour flight for both of us. I miss my kids, so it’s hard, but my children are so understanding.”

The former Law & Order star also admitted she and Sehorn, 43, strived to keep their marriage strong despite the distance.

“You have to be really considerate of each other, really kind to each other,” she said. “It’s a lot of work.”


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