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Downton Abbey Season 4 SPOILERS; New Love Interest For Cousin Rose, Jack Ross; 'Downton' To Show Interracial Relationship In 1920s Britain? Paul Giamatti As Lady Grantham's Brother

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"Downton Abbey" may be going in new and exciting directions by portraying an interracial relationship in the show, currently set in 1920s Britain.

The Huffington Post writes  that Gary Carr will play the show's first black character, a jazz singer named Jack Ross. Jack is described as a "charming and charismatic young man" when the news was announced.

“We are delighted to introduce another fantastic, dynamic character to 'Downton Abbey,'" Gareth Neame, an executive producer of "Downton Abbey," said in a statement. "His addition will bring interesting twists to the drama which we can’t wait for viewers to see in Series Four.

New teaser photos of actor Gary Carr in character show James Ross dressed up in a suit and hat, and one photo notably shows him sitting in a rowboat with Season 3 character Rose, the Crawleys' cousin, in what may be a romantic boat ride.

Entertainment Weekly hints that there may be something between the two.

"When I caught up with executive producer Gareth Neame, he dished on the jazz musician’s addition and what we’d be seeing between Ross and cousin Rose (Lily James), who meet in a London club. 'We know she’s a bit of a wild child, right? She’s a bit rebellious, and she likes the boyfriends,' he teased," the site revealed.

Another exciting new addition to the "Downton Abbey" Season 4 cast is "Sideways" actor Paul Giamatti, who will play Lady Grantham's brother in the Season 4 finale. He will be joined by recurring guest star Shirley MacLaine, who plays Lady Grantham's mother.

"We're excited that Paul Giamatti will be joining us on 'Downton' to play Cora's brother Harold, the rather free-spirited uncle to Mary and Edith," Neame, said in a statement. "We can't wait to see him work alongside Shirley MacLaine, who are both sure to upset the Grantham's apple cart in this year's finale.”

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