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Paul Giamatti Joins 'Downton Abbey' Season 4

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 24, 2013 at 11:53AM

The upcoming fourth season of "Downton Abbey" has an exciting new addition to its cast: Paul Giamatti.
Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti

The upcoming fourth season of "Downton Abbey" has an exciting new addition to its cast: Paul Giamatti. 

Here is what we know about Giamatti's role (SPOILERS AHEAD): He will play the maverick, womanizing brother of Cora (Elizabeth McGovern), making him Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Edith's (Laura Carmichael) uncle. His character will appear in the Season 4 finale alongside returning guest star Shirley MacLaine. 

Executive producer Gareth Neame doesn't elaborate on Giamatti's effect on the Granthams in the finale, but that he will, unsurprisingly, "upset their apple cart."

"Downton Abbey" Season 4 premieres stateside on PBS on January 5, 2014.

Giamatti won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his TV work in HBO's mini-series "John Adams," in which he played the title role. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.