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'Downton Abbey' casts first black cast member

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Gary Carr

Downton Abbey has just announced its newest resident.

British actor Gary Carr is joining the series in season four as jazz singer Jack Ross, a rep for MASTERPIECE on PBS confirms to EW. Carr, whose character is described as “charming and charismatic,” will be the series’ first black cast member.

“We are delighted to introduce another fantastic, dynamic character to Downton Abbey,” exec producer Gareth Neame said in a statement. “His addition will bring interesting twists to the drama which we can’t wait for viewers to see in Series four.”

He’s not the only new actor headed to Downton. Carr will be joined by a slew of new faces next season including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Julian Ovenden, Nigel Harman, Joanna David and Dame Harriet Walter. As EW previously reported, Tom Cullen has also signed on to the period drama to play Lord Gillingham, Lady Mary’s childhood friend and potential suitor.

Who would you think Carr’s character will be paired with on the series? We’re going with Lady Rose.

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