Coming Soon: Downton's 1st Black Character

Race relations a theme in 4th season
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 26, 2013 11:06 AM CST
Hugh Bonneville in a scene from 'Downton Abbey.'   (AP Photo/PBS, Josh Barratt)

(Newser) Downton Abbey is delving right into 1920s race relations, according to the Sun, and for the first time, the show is casting a black character. In notes to casting agents, producers say Jack Ross will be "a musician at an exclusive club in the '20s." Aged 25 to 30, "he’s black and very handsome. A real man (not a boy) with charm and charisma." The actor should "be able to sing brilliantly" and be "very attractive ... with a certain wow factor." In other hints about the show's fourth season, it's casting an actor who "must be able to act drunk." (Read more Downton Abbey stories.)

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