Downton Abbey to get first black character

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 February 2013
Hugh Bonneville

Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville

ITV period drama 'Downton Abbey' is to introduce its first black character as part of a storyline about race relations in the 1920s

'Downton Abbey' is to introduce its first black character.

The ITV period drama is currently seeking an actor to play musician Jack Ross as part of a storyline about race relations in the 1920s.

According to casting notes - which were sent out to actors' agents earlier this month - Jack is "25-30. A musician (singer) at an exclusive club in the 20s.

"He's black and very handsome. A real man (not a boy) with charm and charisma".

Whoever lands the role should "ideally be able to sing brilliantly".

According to The Sun newspaper, the notes add: "Overall he should be a very attractive man with a certain wow factor."

Jack will not be the only new character to appear in the fourth series of 'Downton Abbey'.

Lady Mary Crawley gets a new love interest in the form of Lord Anthony Gillingham, who also helps the family with their money woes, so could be a big hit with Mary's father, the Earl of Grantham, played by Hugh Bonneville.

In casting notes, the character is described as 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."

Sir John Bullock - a party-loving cad - is also another new character.

Filming is due to start on March 23.

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