Gary Carr, best known for his role as Fidel Best in BBC crime drama Death in Paradise, has joined the cast of Downton Abbey for series 4.
The 26-year-old actor, who has recently appeared in Afghanistan army comedy Bluestone 42, will play a “charming and charismatic” young jazz singer called Jack Ross.
Carr joins a host of new faces in the hit ITV period drama for the coming series, including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Nigel Harman, Joanna David and Dame Harriet Walter.
Carnival Films’ Managing Director, Gareth Neame said, “We are delighted to introduce another fantastic, dynamic character to Downton Abbey. His addition will bring interesting twists to the drama which we can’t wait for viewers to see in Series 4”.
ITV’s period drama ratings hit will return this autumn for an eight-part fourth series followed by a Christmas special.
The new series will see the return of veteran star and Maggie Smith’s sparring partner Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson alongside series regulars Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery and Jim Carter.
Written by Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey first aired on ITV in September 2010. It has since become a phenomenon in the US with the series three finale achieving the highest ratings of any network or cable show when it aired earlier this year.
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