New characters

Get to know some of the new characters joining Downton Abbey series four.

Lord Gillingham played by Tom Cullen

He is dashing and charming and having had similar experiences with his own inheritance gives Lady Mary advice on the Downton estate and in particular the issue of death duties...

Charles Blake played by Julian Ovenden

Along with Evelyn Napier (friend of Mr Pamuk in series 1) Blake is evaluating the economic health of big estates around the country in order to help them run more efficiently. Which doesn't sit well with Lady Mary.

Jack Ross played by Gary Carr

A charming, suave and charismatic jazz singer from Chicago. Jack sings at the Lotus jazz club in London which is visited one night by Branson and Ladies Mary, Rose and Rosamund.

Series two highlights

Series two opens in 1916 and the world is at war. Matthew is fighting as an officer on the Somme and dreams of returning to Downton Abbey.

Mary tries to hide her devastation when she hears that Matthew has finally moved on and is engaged to a Miss Lavinia Swire