PBS announced Paul Giamatti will be making an appearance on its popular series, “Downton Abbey” in the show’s next finale.
Giamatti, 46, won an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG award for his portrayal of the president in the HBO mini-series “John Adams” in 2008. He is also known for his appearances in “Sideways,” “Barney’s Version” and “Cinderella Man.” His role in “Downton Abbey” will be somewhat different than his previous ones, as he is set to play Cora’s “maverick, playboy brother Harold,” according to PBS.
"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," said Gareth Neame, managing director of Carnival Films, a coproducer of the series. "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."
Giamatti will be featured in the Christmas special in the final episode of season four.
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Giamatti is not the only new face appearing in “Downton.” Some newcomers include: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Tom Cullen, Joanna David, Gary Carr and Nigel Harman.
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will cameo as an opera singer who will perform during a visit to Downton; Tom Cullen will play Lord Gillingham, an old family friend and Lady Mary’s new love interest; Joanna David will play a family friend, the Duchess of Yeovil; Gary Carr will play a member of a jazz band and Nigel Harman will be a new valet.
The fourth series of the popular television show will follow Lady Mary taking on life as a widow, reports The Telegraph.
Downton Abbey’s fourth season premieres on Jan. 5 on PBS. The series has already won nine Emmys, two Golden Globes and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
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Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, The Telegraph, IMDB