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June 24, 2013

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Paul Giamatti Joins Downton Abbey

Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG award winner Paul Giamatti joins the Downton Abbeyseason 4 cast as Harold Levinson, the maverick brother of Cora Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern), son of Martha Levinson (Shirley MacLaine).
He will appear in the Downton season 4 finale along with Shirley MacLaine.

Via TVLINE:

Giamatti, who earned an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his title role in HBO’s miniseries John Adams, is set to appear in the Season 4 finale alongside returning guest star Shirley MacLaine (as Cora and Harold’s mother, Martha).
Exec producer Gareth Neame describes Harold as “free-spirited” and promises that both Giamatti and MacLaine will “upset the Grantham’s apple cart” in the finale.

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Paul Giamatti to Appear on ‘Downton Abbey’

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Television’s most popular Yorkshire estate is about to receive another high profile visitor: Paul Giamatti has been cast to appear in the Season 4 finale of “Downton Abbey,” according to a statement released by Carnival Films, ITV and “Masterpiece” on PBS on Monday.
The statement describes Mr. Giamatti’s character Harold as the “maverick, playboy brother” to Elizabeth McGovern’s Cora and predicted that the character, along with Shirley MacLaine’s Martha, will “upset the Grantham’s apple cart.”
Mr. Giamatti has appeared on the small screen a number of times over the course of his career and he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the title role in the HBO mini-series “John Adams.” But this guest spot has the chance to be one of his most-watched television roles: the third season finale of “Downton,” which aired in February on PBS, attracted 8.2 million total viewers, up from the 5.4 million viewers who tuned in to the Season 2 finale.

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TVLine has learned exclusively that Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Cinderella Man) is joining the Masterpiece/PBS phenom’s Season 4 cast as Harold Levinson, the maverick, playboy brother of Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) and uncle to Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Edith (Laura Carmichael).
Cora-abbeyGiamatti, who earned an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his title role in HBO’s miniseries John Adams, is set to appear in the Season 4 finale alongside returning guest star Shirley MacLaine (as Cora and Harold’s mother, Martha).
Exec producer and Carnival Films Managing Director Gareth Neame describes Harold as “free-spirited” and promises that both Giamatti and MacLaine will “upset the Grantham’s apple cart” in the finale.
Giamatti joins fellow Season 4 newbies Dame Harriet Walters (as an old friend of Maggie Smith’s Dowager), Nigel Harman (as a visiting valet named Green), and Tom Cullen (as a new love interest for Mary).
Abbey‘s fourth season will premiere stateside on PBS on Jan. 5, 2014.

Paul Giamatti Joins Downton Abbey

No stranger to period pieces – as those who saw him in the superlative HBO miniseriesJohn Adams will attest – Paul Giamatti is joining the cast of Downton Abbey next year, for the season 4 finale, PBS announced Monday. 

He'll play the playboy brother of Cora, Countess of Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern), and the son of Martha Levinson (Shirley MacLaine, who is also returning to the popular British drama). 

"Downton Abbey has seen many great characters visit the house over the years, and we couldn't be more thrilled to welcome the new faces that will be joining the regular cast ofDownton Abbey in Season 4," the show's executive producer, Gareth Neame, said in a statement that really doesn't spill any beans. 

Previously announced other new additions to the cast include actors Tom Cullen, whose character, Lord Gillingham, is described as "an old family friend of the Crawleys who visits the family as a guest for a house party"; Harriet Walter, set to play Lady Shackleton ("an old friend of the Dowager [Maggie Smith]"); and Julian Ovenden as Charles Blake, described only as an "aristocrat" – but aren't they all? 

Also set to entertain: the soprano Kiri Te Kanawa, whose role will be that of "a guest who sings in the house." 

Of course, not returning will be Dan Stevens, who played Matthew Crawley, and Jessica Brown Findlay, who was Lady Sybil Siobhan. Both met unfortunate demises last season

In another shocker, it was also made known that actress Siobhan Finneran, who made trouble as the housemaid Mrs. O’Brien, has exited the series – though there have been rumblings that she may appear again, if only sporadically. 


1 comment:

  1. AnonymousJuly 27, 2013

    When will season 4 of Downton Abbey be available for viewing?

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