Is Gwyneth Paltrow the next A-lister headed for a steady TV gig? Maybe, if Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes gets his wish.

The Oscar-winner — who reportedly asked for a cameo on Downton — is thought to be top choice to star in Julian's new US-based period drama, The Gilded Age, which is due to air next year.

A Downton source told the Daily Mirror: "Gwyneth is seen by Julian and his team as one of the best actresses in the world. They have loved her work in period dramas and know what she could bring to The Gilded Age."

Gwyneth, 40, is no stranger to costume dramas, having picked up a Best Actress Academy Award for her role in 1998 film Shakespeare in Love.

And she's not unfamiliar with television either: Who could forget her Emmy-winning guest role on Glee?

The Gilded Age, which was picked up by NBC, will depict the rise of the US as a superpower in the 19th century, following the lavish lives of pioneers in the railway, oil, hotel and shipping trades.

As Julian says, "I didn't want to just try and write another British series and go into competition with myself."

Source: BANG Showbiz