The Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG award winner Paul Giamatti (John Adams, Sideways, Cinderella Man) is joining the cast of Downton Abbey.
Giamatti will play Cora’s maverick, playboy brother Harold in this year's Christmas special. He will be starring alongside Shirley MacLaine and the regular cast members for the dramatic climax to Series four.
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.
Carnival Films’ Managing Director, Gareth Neame said:
"We're excited that Paul Giamatti will be joining us on Downton to play the rather free-spirited uncle to Mary and Edith.
"We can't wait to see him work alongside Shirley Maclaine, who are both sure to upset the Grantham's apple cart in this year's Christmas Day episode."
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