Downton Delivers A Famous Face

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ITV announced that Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG award winner Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Cinderella Man) has joined the cast of the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama, Downton Abbey.

Giamatti will play Cora’s maverick, playboy brother Harold in the Christmas episode. He will be starring alongside Shirley MacLaine and the regular cast members for the dramatic climax to Series 4.

He joins new cast members Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Nigel Harman, Joanna David and Gary Carr who are all set to star in the fourth series.

As well as filming an eight-part fourth series, Downton Abbey will return at Christmas 2013 with another feature length episode. The new series will see the return of Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson alongside series regulars Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery and Jim Carter.

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