Actor Gary Carr to play Jack Ross in series 4 of Downton Abbey

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Jack Ross will be a "charming and charismatic" jazz singer

Gary Carr has been cast as new character Jack Ross in the new series of Downton Abbey.

New Downton Abbey star Gary Carr in Nation

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Gary Carr as Mau in theatre production Nation



Gary will be Downton's first black character and according to the cast notes, which surfaced earlier this year, the new character will be "very handsome" and have "charm and charisma".

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph last year, the show's creator Julian Fellowes said that he thought having a character from an ethnic minority would be a "rather a good idea".

Julian added, "You have to work it in in a way that is historically believable, but I am sure we could do that. [The show] certainly ought to have an Indian character from that period."

There seems to be a host of eye candy in series 4 as joining Gary Carr will be ex EastEnders star Nigel Harman, Welsh actor Tom Cullen and Foyle's War star Julian Ovenden.

The new series of Downton Abbey airs on ITV in the autumn with a Christmas special to end the series in December 2013. To get you in the mood, here's a behind the scenes video of series 3, including moments from the finale:



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