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'Downton Abbey' Adds Black Character The Sun

The popular PBS historical drama "Downton Abbey" is about to introduce its first black character, reports the U.K.'s The Sun.

The character will be added as part of a storyline about 1920s race relations, according to the report.

A casting note was sent out to actors' agents, searching for an actor to play singer Jack Ross, described as between 25-30 and "black and very handsome. A real man (not a boy) with charm and charisma.”

[Spoiler alert ...] The fourth season will also include a new love interest for Lady Mary Crawley, who is said to be the dashing Lord Anthony Gillingham. He's described in the casting notes as a “good looking, very charismatic” 35- to 45-year-old, the piece notes.

Filming on the show's fourth season begins March 23.