6:52 pm - 02/25/2013

Downton Abbey to Include a Black Character in Series 4

Lady Mary invites you into a Downton Abbey post!

DOWNTON Abbey is introducing its first black character as part of a storyline about race relations in the 1920s.

The award-winning stately home drama is seeking an actor to play musician Jack Ross.

Casting notes were sent out to actors’ agents earlier this month. They describe Ross as “Male, 25-30. A musician (singer) at an exclusive club in the 20s.

“He’s black and very handsome. A real man (not a boy) with charm and charisma.”

Whoever lands the role should “ideally be able to sing brilliantly”. The notes add: “Overall he should be a very attractive man with a certain wow factor.” Jack Ross will play a key part in the fourth series of the hit TV saga alongside a string of other fresh faces.

Lady Mary Crawley gets a new love interest — dashing Lord Anthony Gillingham.

The character also helps the family with their money woes, so he could be a big hit with Mary’s father, the Earl of Grantham, played by Hugh Bonneville. In casting notes, the character is described as a “good looking, very charismatic” 35 to 45-year-old with a “perfect cut glass accent. He’s warm and charming, but also a strong man with morals.”

Another new character is a party-loving cad called Sir John Bullock who “must be able to act drunk”.

Filming on Downton is due to start on March 23.


Filming started a couple of weeks ago, so idk what that bit about filming starting March 23 is about.

I'm guessing the black man will be tied to Edith's story? Because she'll be in London more as a writer and thus might be more likely to meet a musician? Also he sounds like a one-episode character. I doubt he'll be a regular.
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morgan90 26th-Feb-2013 03:24 am (UTC)
Calling it now - Edith fucks a black guy
misscrystal 26th-Feb-2013 04:21 am (UTC)
Edith's too busy mooning over that boring editor who looks like a younger version of the dude who jilted her at the alter.
I think the black guy will prob be for Rose.
klutzy_girl 26th-Feb-2013 03:26 am (UTC)
They're probably starting to film that specific episode on March 23rd.
one_hoopy_frood 26th-Feb-2013 03:26 am (UTC)
Can't wait to see how this one is handled. If I bother to watch.
modernelegance 26th-Feb-2013 03:26 am (UTC)
AWWWWWW, I kinda wish that Edith would have an interracial relationship. I think that would be amazing!
ladysherlock 26th-Feb-2013 03:26 am (UTC)
I wonder if he might be a new love interest for Edith? I hope so, I'm not really a fan of the editor plotline.
angeepang 26th-Feb-2013 03:27 am (UTC)
Get it Edith! It's better than that old cotter Sir Anthony!
modernelegance 26th-Feb-2013 03:27 am (UTC)
Or the creepy editor
diamond_dust06 26th-Feb-2013 02:36 pm (UTC)
She deserves so much better than the geezers she's been attracting. I always feel bad for her.
one_hoopy_frood 26th-Feb-2013 03:27 am (UTC)
Also it probably has to do more with annoying-ass cousin Rose than Edith imo.
livingsign 26th-Feb-2013 03:32 am (UTC)
ugh rose is so uninteresting
one_hoopy_frood 26th-Feb-2013 03:36 am (UTC)
She iiiiiiiiiiiiiis.
diamond_dust06 26th-Feb-2013 02:36 pm (UTC)
I can't deal with her blond hair and dark eyebrows. Bitch, bleach that shit.
quizblorg 26th-Feb-2013 03:29 am (UTC)
Have they been watching "Dancing on the Edge"?
frankthesheep 26th-Feb-2013 10:56 am (UTC)
I have! Loving it. Although I side-eye how they are pretending like race is not an issue.

Edited at 2013-02-26 10:56 am (UTC)
livingsign 26th-Feb-2013 03:30 am (UTC)
omg i want edith to get with jack ross
bodyline 26th-Feb-2013 03:32 am (UTC)
ladyfly56 26th-Feb-2013 03:33 am (UTC)
The character also helps the family with their money woes

wut. did Robert lose all the money again.
goofusgallant 26th-Feb-2013 03:34 am (UTC)
wouldn't be surprised.
mrsdracula 26th-Feb-2013 03:57 am (UTC)
he would
euphaeidae 26th-Feb-2013 04:13 am (UTC)
Well, [maybe spoilers.]Matthew and Robert were co-owners of downton at the end of S3, so when Matthew died, wouldn't that make his son heir of downton and Mary co-owner and wouldn't she get whatever's left of Matthew's money from Lavinia's dad? Or does "women can't inherit" also apply to wives, not just daughters.

idk...Robert was looking into Ponzi schemes and shit so he probably lost everything again... that would be SO him. I'm still pressed re: Sybil, personally.
yurasama_love 26th-Feb-2013 04:18 am (UTC)
Robert is still the Earl of Grantham. He has executive power, though I think Branson would try to gum up the works if he thought Flopbert was going to make another bad decision.
ladyfly56 26th-Feb-2013 04:21 am (UTC)
well Matthew invested the money into the estate so unless something happened to it everything should be fine.
skeet_skeet 26th-Feb-2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
Robert can't lose the money because it isn't his to lose. If there' s money, obviously Mary and bb boy Crawley are gonna be inheriting it. Mary holds the purse strings of the estate, now that Matthew's gone.

Edited at 2013-02-26 07:01 pm (UTC)
ialmrnt5 26th-Feb-2013 03:33 am (UTC)
please be edith's new love interest

please be edith's new love interest

please be edith's new love interest
sapphirespells 26th-Feb-2013 03:34 am (UTC)
damn, I was hoping this black guy would be Mary's new love interest. It would help me forget about Matthew.

I'm excited, nonetheless. Yay new people.

Edited at 2013-02-26 03:35 am (UTC)
ladyfly56 26th-Feb-2013 03:35 am (UTC)
also the black guy probably has to do with Rose or something.
cickiz 26th-Feb-2013 03:40 am (UTC)
I love that a show based in the 1920s can have a black guy easily tied into the story but heaven forbid a show set in 2013 do the same.
britneyspears 26th-Feb-2013 03:43 am (UTC)
even shakespeare wrote a play with a black main character in like 1603 lmao
so idk what excuse writers today think is valid
lovealwaysliana 26th-Feb-2013 03:54 am (UTC)
lol irl
kwikimart 26th-Feb-2013 04:09 am (UTC)
Maybe some people don't have excuses, maybe they are just racist! Stop trying to make everyone explain themselves!


velvetunicorn 26th-Feb-2013 04:12 am (UTC)
sweet_honesty 26th-Feb-2013 04:35 am (UTC)
It took them four seasons, though...
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