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'Ugly Betty' exclusive: Broadway vet Brian Stokes Mitchell cast as Willie's ex

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A skeleton is about to tumble out of Wilhelmina’s closet in the form of Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell.

Sources confirm to me exclusively that the Broadway vet is joining Ugly Betty in the potentially recurring role of Willie’s former flame, Don.

The twist? The guy is everything Vanessa Williams’ self-absorbed, superficial taskmistress is not: traditional, down-to-earth, and blue collar.

That’s right, Willie used to be in love with an average Joe.


Mitchell, who also spent seven years as Dr. Jackpot Jackson on Trapper John M.D., is slated to make his Ugly debut in late February.

PHOTO CREDIT: Williams: Andrew Eccles/ABC; Mitchell: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images