Downton Abbey will introduce its first black character during season four.
Award winning ITV drama Downton Abbey is to introduce its first black character as part of a storyline about race relations in the 1920's, set to air during series four. Are you an attractive looking black actor? Well, the part of musician Jack Ross could be yours. No, seriously. It could be yours.
Casting notes have been sent out to agents, which show Downton producers are on the hunt for someone to play Ross - described as "Male, 25-30. A musician (singer) at an exclusive club in the 20's." The casting note adds, "He's black and very handsome. A real man (not a boy) with charm and charisma." Whoever lands the role should "ideally be able to sing brilliantly," and "should be a very attractive man with a certain wow factor." Is Jamie Foxx doing anything?
Jack Ross will play a key role in the fourth series of the hit TV period-drama, though there's plenty of other new roles up for grabs too. So, if you're not a handsome, singing, black actor, how about a good looking, charismatic man with strong morals? That's exactly what Downton Abbey require for the role of Lord Anthony Gillingham - the new love interest of Lady Mary Crawley. The character also helps out the family with their money woes, according to The Sun.
For the less talented among us, another character is a party-loving man called Sir John Bullock. Whoever lands the role "must be able to act drunk."
Filming on the fourth season of Downton Abbey on March 23, 2013.