Carr and Dame Kiri in harmony with Abbey
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.