Downton Abbey Season 4 Spoilers: First Black Character Will Play Key Role
By nature of its time (1920s) and place (posh estate in England), Downton Abbey is whiter than Vanilla Ice. But The Sun of the UK just issued some casting notices for Downton Abbey Season 4 — which is due to start filming on March 23, and premiere in the U.S. in January — and they are introducing their first black character!
According to The Sun, the show is looking for an actor to play a musician named Jack Ross. Jack is described as age 25-30, and a singer at an exclusive club in the 1920s. “He’s black and very handsome. A real man (not a boy) with charm and charisma," the casting notice reads, adding that the actor should “ideally be able to sing brilliantly. ... Overall he should be a very attractive man with a certain wow factor.”
They say Jack will play a key part on Season 4. Also, the show is still looking for Lady Mary's new love interest, Lord Anthony Gillingham, 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.”
And they are also casting a "party-loving cad" named Sir John Bullock who “must be able to act drunk." Oh, those upper class drunkards!
Read more Season 4 snippets below. It’s all very exciting, but why do we have to wait until next January to see any of it? PBS, please reconsider!