Gia­matti up­sets the ap­ple cart

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HOL­LY­WOOD star Paul Gia­matti is join­ing the cast of Down­ton Abbey for the Christ­mas edi­tion of the pe­riod drama. The ac­tor, known for his film roles in The Tru­man Show, Cin­derella Man and Side­ways, will por­tray Harold, the play­boy brother of Cora Craw­ley (El­iz­a­beth McGovern).

Gi­ametti, 46, is the lat­est ad­di­tion to the cast with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Tom Cullen, Ju­lian Oven­den and Nigel Har­man among the names who will be seen in the se­ries later this year.

The fea­ture-length Christ­mas edi­tion is in ad­di­tion to an eight-part se­ries to be screened later this year which will see the re­turn of old favourites Hugh Bon­neville, Mag­gie Smith, Michelle Dock­ery and Jim Carter, as well as Shirley MacLaine.

‘‘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,’’ says Car­ni­val Films man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Gareth Neame.

‘‘We can’t wait to see him work along­side Shirley MacLaine, who are both sure to up­set the Gran­thams’ ap­ple cart in this year’s Christ­mas Day episode.’’

In the sea­sonal edi­tion of the show last year, view­ers were shocked to be con­fronted by the death of pop­u­lar char­ac­ter Matthew Craw­ley, played by Dan Stevens.

Down­ton Abbey: Com­ing in 2013, Seven, Prime7.

Paul Gia­matti

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