Carr and Dame Kiri in har­mony with Abbey

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BRI­TISH ac­tor Gary Carr (left) has landed a ma­jor ca­reer boost – he’s been cast as the first ma­jor black char­ac­ter on hit pe­riod drama Down­ton Abbey. The 26-year-old, who has pre­vi­ously ap­peared on UK TV crime dra­mas Silent Wit­ness and Death in Par­adise, will play the ‘‘charm­ing and charis­matic’’ jazz singer Jack Ross on Ju­lian Fel­lowes’ crit­i­cally ac­claimed se­ries. Car­ni­val Films man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Gareth Neame, the com­pany be­hind the pro­duc­tion, says of the cast­ing: ‘‘We are de­lighted to in­tro­duce an­other fan­tas­tic, dy­namic char­ac­ter to Down­ton Abbey.

‘‘His ad­di­tion will bring in­ter­est­ing twists to the drama which we can’t wait for view­ers to see in se­ries four.’’ Carr is the lat­est cast mem­ber added to Down­ton Abbey – Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (right), Nigel Har­man, Joanna David and Dame Har­riet Wal­ter are all set to join the show when it re­turns for a fourth sea­son.

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