allen leech niall horan downton abbey one direction 'Downton Abbey's' Allen Leech: Niall Horan is my sonFour stars of “Downton Abbey,” the immensely popular period drama on PBS and ITV in the U.K., stopped by “Watch What Happens Live” Tuesday (Dec. 10), where host Andy Cohen said he had been getting so many tweets from One Direction fans about actor Allen Leech‘s resemblance to Niall Horan.

“He’s my son,” Leech deadpans. “I had him really young. I had the choice to give him to the circus or a boy band, I chose a boy band. He’s done much better there ’cause his backflips are terrible.”

That’s kind of amazing. We honestly had never thought of it, but we also aren’t British teenage girls, so.