"Downton Abbey's" bringing on a roster of new cast members for its fourth season.
The addictive British series has tapped Gary Carr (TV's "Death in Paradise" and "Bluestone 42") to portray a "charming and charismatic" jazz singer named Jack Ross - "Downton's" first recurring black character.
“We are delighted to introduce another fantastic, dynamic character to 'Downton Abbey,'" executive producer Gareth Neame said in a statement. "His addition will bring interesting twists to the drama which we can’t wait for viewers to see in [season] four."
Creator Julian Fellowes told the U.K.'s Telegrah last year that he was interested in adding black or Indian characters, noting it would be "rather nice to open it up ethnically a bit."
Carr will be joined by six other new faces, including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Nigel Harman, Joanna David and Dame Harriet Walter.
Shirley MacLaine will also be back to reprise her role as Martha Levinson, and stars Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery and Jim Carter.
Yes, excellent essay but I would like to add one point - there are African Americans and Caribbeans who are related as descendants of British nobles and royals. Here is an article about rare black American ancestors who were related and who were involved with one of the castles in "Downton Abbey." Jack Ross should be added to the cast, not only as a jazz musician, but as someone who is related to the upstairs family or their fellow aristocrats. Fascinating. Now that's a mystery. Here's the article:
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take care and make it a good evening!!!! all printed.
gee i hope not the black guy is great.
This man is the smartest man i have ever met.
Have a great day all..
2 more mysteries and we meet the ghost. thanks.
Oooh I hear next season theyre bringing in a....get ready for it....you'll never guess......A CANARY...but its yellow so everyone will think its asian
Not only is it NOT an American show but the producer, Julian Fellowes, has been scrupulously correct in producing an historically correct series of a landed gentleman's family in England in the teens and 20s. The English, as well as most of the rest of the world, simply didn't employ black butlers or housemaids in those eras.
The jazz era, at its height in the 1920s in England as well as France and America, DID create a looser atmosphere in which SOME white people went to nightclubs where black musicians played. But it likely would not have been these people, since the 'norm' was still black entertainers for a black audience and white entertainers for a white audience. This is a fictional series however, so you need'nt jump all over Fellowes for adding varying degrees of authenticity. He wants to keep the show interesting and edgy for it's set time, and this will help do so. For those of you who are mouthing off without ever having watched the series I suggest you take the time before opening your mouth again; then you might understand what you're talking about.
He's a cutie! I wish I could see the UK version when it airs...waiting for it to show is the U.S. is too long. :-)
Is this the show with the zombies, or the one with that hot little blond chick with nice boobs and dragons? I can't keep all these cable series straight.
I've never watched it but now that there's a man of colour on the show i will definately tune in – they are so entertaining!
Yes, lets completely ignore the fact that Jazz was not being played with any significance in England until the mid 30's.
We need to have a token black guy on the show.
If we make him a butler, we'll be called racist.
Let's make him a Jazz musician.
bass player...oh wait.....drummer...oh wait....trumpet player...oh wait...
FACT: THERE WAS A SMALL BOAT CARRYING 30 PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT RACES; THE BOAT BEGAN TO SINK
50 PEOPLE , GOOD SWIMMER ON SHORE SAW PEOPLE IN NEED....THEY HELP SAVE ALL 30 PEOPLE
PEOPLE WERE JUST HUGGING EACH OTHER AND THE WORD RACE WAS NEVER MENTIONED.
what a nice story...brought a tear to my .../fart
And nobody's mentioned Hispanics or Asiana on this white bread American show...isn't that racist too?! Why don't we celebrate Hispanic or Asian History month? We had Asian camps in this country where we took all their stuff! HELLO! Where's their reparations?!
Its not an American show...
Did you forget how to read? Or refuse to read? Its made in England. Not America. Before you rant at least try to sound intelligible.
Their reparations include owning America and all its industry...and smog
H3ll-when do we get to celebrate WHITE history month?
Now if he could just be a black, gay, non-christian, fmr bomber, it would be perfect.
So if you're colored are we clear? Get over yourself. R@cism still exists, & black people have to share as much of the blame as white people.
Read Thomas Sowell, sparky.
Someone placed a large turd in my underwear.
I was hiding it like a squirrel buries an acorn...I want it back
Black, white, who CARES? How is this racist? It's just a fact! As long as you're a decent human being, I don't care if you have polka-dots!
My word! It seems that my smashing good post has been removed! Rubbish! And shame on you MJ! Just because someone is WEE TALL DID doesn't mean they are mentally challenged too. Talley ho my good chap!
I thought he did a great job as young Luke skywalket in those return to the empire remake movies from a few years ago
My underwear is soiled beyond recognition.
Great show and I think he'll only make it better. video on YouTube
in NY they are called black...if you call them colored you will be terminated from your position on the spot.
Would that position be getting mugged in an alley perchance?
Well there goes the neighborhood.
Which is what your neighbors said when you moved in.
We are called colored. Not black. Black is a racist term.
I dont see how 'black' is a racist term – if your black your black, no getting around it!!!!
When will you STOP!?
Go talk to your corrupt, race baiting pals like "Rev" Al, Jessie, etc.
Everyone in the US is completly SICK of your whining.
Man up, Leroy.
No kidding man...poor man shares dna with someone who used to be slave....nobody cares anymore. Those slave owners are all DEAD....like the white man's will to deal with you whiners
I love this show, and cannot wait for the beginning of the 4th season!
When they do add someone mentally handicapped, I am sure you'll be the first person called.
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