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Dream Casting: Could British actor Idris Elba join the cast of Downton Abbey? I can only dream!

Hunky Black Male Actor Wanted to Join Downton Abbey

Rosemary Jean-Louis - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 6:54am

Downton Abbey is about to get more inclusive. Producers have reportedly put out a casting call for the the show’s first black character, Jack Ross. And he must be extremely easy on the eyes! Ross is described as being...

Daisy's electric mixer causes friction downstairs. (Photo via WGBH.)

Downton Abbey Season 4:Mary’s New Loves, Branson and the Pesky Electric Mixer

Rosemary Jean-Louis - Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 9:01am

It’s official. Lady Mary will be getting not one but two main love interests! How do I know this? She said so herself. That is Michelle Dockery said so. In a flurry of interviews for the Television Critics Association...

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Downton Abbey Season 4 Trailer: A Lot of Mourning and Kissing Going On

Rosemary Jean-Louis - Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 7:21am

The trailer for Downton Abbey season 4 is out and by the looks of things there is much mourning and kissing to be had this go round. Off the top we witness a tender, kinder Dowager countess counseling a despairing...

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Downton Abbey Cast/Creators Preview Season 4 in 90 Seconds

Rosemary Jean-Louis - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 7:56am

In 90 seconds, the cast and producers of Downton Abbey reveal what will happen in season 4. Well just a little bit. In a new quick clip released to PBS, Michelle Dockery, Julian Fellowes, Joanne Froggart, Laura...

Tom Cullen is one of the new guys of Downton Abbey. He plays Lady Mary's suitor Lord Gillingham. (Image courtesy PBS.)

The New Guys of Downton Abbey

Rosemary Jean-Louis - Monday, September 23, 2013 - 9:00am

Downton Abbey is getting a testosterone boost this upcoming season. Several new male characters have been added to the cast as I’ve mentioned before. In the U.K., the actors are stars. On this side of the fence, not so...

It's possible that the character Jack Ross (played by Gary Carr) is based on real jazz star Leslie "Hutch" Hutchinson.

Downton Abbey’s Jack Ross Based on Real Jazz Singer?

Rosemary Jean-Louis - Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 9:57am

Downton Abbey’s Jack Ross could be based on the very real black American jazz musician Leslie “Hutch” Hutchinson. That's what the U.K.’s Daily Mail and The Telegraph are proposing. Hutchinson was popular in the 1920s...

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Fellowes Opens up About Downton Abbey’s First Black Character

Rosemary Jean-Louis - Monday, October 21, 2013 - 8:03am

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is opening up more about why he felt it was time to add the first black character to the cast of the period drama. Fellowes felt that Black Britons needed to see more positive...

Five Storylines We Can't Wait to See on Downton Abbey Season 4

Rosemary Jean-Louis - Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 9:09am

Only a few days left to the premiere of Downton Abbey season four. (Set your cellphone alarm clocks for January 5 at 9 p.m. on GPB.) While I got a preview of the first episode last month at GPB's gala and screening, it...

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Downton Abbey Season 4: Watch Video and Read a Recap of Episode 3

Rosemary Jean-Louis - Monday, January 20, 2014 - 6:27am

Spoiler Alert!: Warning if you haven’t watched Downton Abbey episode 3 don't read this recap! Instead, press play on the player to watch the episode first. Then proceed below to the mini highlight "reel" in words of...

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Live Chat with Downton Hunk Gary Carr on February 3

Rosemary Jean-Louis - Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 5:32am

Downton fans set your alarm clocks and phones to send an alert on Monday, February 3 at 12 p.m. That’s when you’ll be able to live chat with Downton Abbey hunk Gary Carr. He plays jazz singer Jack Ross and Lady Rose’s...

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