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'Downton Abbey' Getting All Multi-Ethnic - Adding A Black Character Next Season

by Sergio
February 27, 2013 12:25 AM
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As Tambay reported back in November,Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes was considering adding a black character to the cast for the show's fourth season  which goes into production in late March, for a U.K. premiere in the the fall on ITV and on PBS in January 2014.

As it was reported back then:

"It has already tackled weighty issues including the Great War, miscarriages of justice and homosexuality, but Downton Abbey could now turn its focus to race relations and multiculturalism. (Fellowes)... said that he would like to introduce black or Indian characters into the programme. When asked about criticism in some quarters that Downton Abbey... does not contain any black characters, the writer said it would be “rather nice to open it up ethnically a bit”.

Now it has been confirmed that a black character will be joining the cast for its next season, who will be named Jack Ross, and that the casting department is currently looking for an actor to play the part.

According to reports, Ross is described as "being 25-30 years and a singer at an exclusive club". Also the Abbey casting department says that whoever is cast for role "must be able to sing and posses a certain "wow" factor."

Hey are you thinking what I'm thinking?

Is he going to be "rolling in the hay" with any of those women on the show? How about that Lady Mary since she's now a widow? She's going to be needing someone for some TLC. I'm just saying. And you know what they say... once you go black....

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  • Deedee | February 27, 2013 3:05 PMReply


  • Avena | February 27, 2013 2:54 PMReply

    Hahahaha, I thought the very same thing! It would be nice if the guy resisted her charms for a change...

  • Josh | February 27, 2013 1:58 PMReply

    I'm thinking a guy from 369th infantry who had been hanging out in Paris after the war, becomes a journalist, and now has made his way to England. Porbably a love interest for Edith.

  • Aaron | February 27, 2013 10:42 AMReply

    Throwing us a bone, huh? No thank you.

  • sergio | February 27, 2013 11:09 AM

    C'mon you know you want to pick it up. C'MON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Melissaenafrique | February 27, 2013 8:58 AMReply

    Haha. If it were a black female character she would have done plenty of rolling in the hay, even if it did not fit in the storyline. They always find a way to make it happen. Black male character? Not so much. Even on shows watched by white wome, it's like that... weird huh? Just going by historical and present tv/movie trends.

  • crestfallen | February 27, 2013 2:09 PM

    Rarely do you see a black woman with a black man in british cinema. It seems every attractive black woman is paired with a white man.

  • evx | February 27, 2013 1:24 PM

    For sure! The black woman would be gorgeous and would find herself in the sack with some plain looking white dude in a hurry. Trust!

  • sergio | February 27, 2013 10:37 AM

    You forget we're talking about America

  • Mozzie | February 27, 2013 10:31 AM

    trust me here the UK we're putting black dudes with white girls all the time, it's a suprise to see a black guy with a black girl lol

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