Downton to get its first black character – Daily TV round-up

Jack Ross will be a charismatic musician in the ITV show

'Downton Abbey' is to get its first black character, according to reports.

A black actor is being sought to play musician Jack Ross as part of a storyline about race in the 1920s.

Downton... to get its first black character (Copyright: ITV)

Casting information was sent out to agents describing Ross as 'Male, 25-30. A musician (singer) at an exclusive club in the 20s'.

“He’s black and very handsome,” it goes on to say. “A real man (not a boy) with charm and charisma. Overall he should be a very attractive man with a certain wow factor.”

The actor who wins the role should also 'ideally be able to sing brilliantly'.

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The Sun reports that Ross will be among a number of new characters to be introduced for the show's next series, which begins filming at the end of next month.

The production is also seeking an actor to play Lord Anthony Gillingham, a new love interest for Lady Mary Crawley who is 'good looking, very charismatic', with a 'perfect cut glass accent. He’s warm and charming, but also a strong man with morals'.

There is also Sir John Bullock , reportedly a 'party-loving cad 'must be able to act drunk'. [The Sun]

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