Downton Abbey has been teasing us for months with the announcement of some amazing additions to the cast.
Last season, Shirley Maclaine made her debut on the series as Cora Crawley’s fast-talking, crude American mother. This season, Paul Giamatti will grace the screen as Cora’s American womanizing brother.
We also see Daisy Lewis and James Fox entering the fold from stills of the Christmas special that have been released.
Carnival Films’ managing director (co-producers of the series), Gareth Neame stated that: “We’re excited that Paul Giamatti will be joining us on Downton to play Cora’s brother Harold, the rather free-spirited uncle to Mary and Edith.”
“We can’t wait to see him work alongside Shirley MacLaine, who are both sure to upset the Grantham’s apple cart in this year’s finale.”
Lewis’ governess character will apparently also be a mischief-maker, as sources state she will attempt to seduce freshly-widowed Tom Branson.
Daisy had small roles in Doctor Who and Borgia and Lewis, and made her silver-screen debut in the British remake of Refn’s Pusher, by Nicholas Winding, with Richard Coyle and Agyness Deyn.
Some other additions to the cast include Ton Cullen, Nigel Harman, Julien Ovenden, Joanna David, as well as Gary Carr, marking the first black character on the show. Carr will be playing Jack Ross, a jazz musician.
The many note-worthy additions to the cast coincide with speculation that this upcoming season of the mega-popular series could be the last one that creator Julian Fellowes will write.
The show has great numbers in both the UK and US, so there is potential for at least one more season; as cast members have hinted that “five [seasons] would be the limit.”