The main house in "Downton Abbey" is about to get a little more crowded. After several key character's have exited the show through the end of the third season, several new actors have been cast to add even more drama to the story. On Monday, March 4 Enstarz revealed that six new characters have been cast for the fourth season of the hit PBS drama.
After the surprising deaths of Lady Sybil and Matthew Crawley in the previous season, the Crawleys will be seeing more familiar faces in the future as well as some new ones. The British drama will have it's first African-American character next season, who is believed to be a musician for a local jazz club.
Mary's love life will get complicated with the arrival of an old friend, Lord Gillingham (played by Tom Cullen), who will also have an impact on the Crawley's financial situation. The Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) will find the company of friend named Lady Shackleton (Dame Harriet Walters).
The house will be home to a few guests, aristocrat Charles Blake (Julian Ovenden) and the Duchess of Yeovil (Joanna David). After the departure of the mischievous lady's maid Sarah O'Brien, a new valet named Green will be added into the mix. Shirley MacLaine will make another appearance in the next season as well.
"Downton Abbey" will return for a fourth season in the United Kingdom this fall and the United States in January 2014 on PBS. Production on the new series is already underway.
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