John Barrowman to star in 'US answer to Downton'

John Barrowman

John Barrowman

John Barrowman has landed a role in a major US TV series, 'Gilded Lilys', which is being compared with 'Downton Abbey'.

John Barrowman has landed a role in a major US TV series.

The 'Torchwood' actor will play Julius Ashford Lily in 'Gilded Lilys' - which is being billed as America's answer to 'Downton Abbey' - in the period drama, which has been commissioned by ABC.

A source told The Daily Mail newspaper: "This is a big role for John. If it is successful, it would mean spending most of the year filming in the States."

'Gilded Lilys' tells the story of the first luxury hotel built in New York in 1895 and John's character is described as the "favourite son and golden boy" of the Lily family, whose financial and social fortunes are undermined by a scandal.

Gwyneth Paltrow's actress mother Blythe Danner has also been cast in the show, as has 'Mildred Pierce' actor Brian O'Byrne.

Other stars who will appear in 'Gilded Lilys' include Matt Lauria, Matt Long, Maury Sterling, Brigid Brannagh, Sarah Bolger and Madeline Zima.

While he will be kept busy with 'Gilded Lilys', John recently admitted he wants his 'Torchwood' character Captain Jack Harkness to return to Doctor Who'.

He said: "It's the 50th anniversary coming up of 'Doctor Who' and Jack is an integral part to this story and, if I'm going to be a little self-absorbed, I would hope he would be involved, it would be a shame if he wasn't."


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