'Downton' to see first black character26/02/2013 - 11:52:34
'Downton Abbey' is to introduce its first black character.
The ITV period drama is currently seeking an actor to play musician Jack Ross as part of a storyline about race relations in the 1920s.
According to casting notes - which were sent out to actors' agents earlier this month - Jack is "25-30. A musician (singer) at an exclusive club in the 20s.
"He's black and very handsome. A real man (not a boy) with charm and charisma".
Whoever lands the role should "ideally be able to sing brilliantly".
According to The Sun newspaper, the notes add: "Overall he should be a very attractive man with a certain wow factor."
Jack will not be the only new character to appear in the fourth series of 'Downton Abbey'.
Lady Mary Crawley gets a new love interest in the form of Lord Anthony Gillingham, who also helps the family with their money woes, so could be a big hit with Mary's father, the Earl of Grantham, played by Hugh Bonneville.
In casting notes, the character is described as a "good looking, very charismatic" 35 to 45-year-old with a "perfect cut glass accent. He's warm and charming, but also a strong man with morals."
Sir John Bullock - a party-loving cad - is also another new character.
Filming is due to start on March 23.
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