Downton Abbey: Gary Carr Cast As Show's First Recurring Black Character

Gary Carr -- BBC

"Downton Abbey" is swinging into the Jazz Age.

The BBC drama has cast its first recurring black character, ITV (the network that broadcasts "Downton") has announced.

Gary Carr will play Jack Ross - a jazz singer, described by the network as "charming and charismatic."

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"We are delighted to introduce another fantastic, dynamic character to 'Downton Abbey,'" executive producer Gareth Neame said in a statement. "His addition will bring interesting twists to the drama which we can't wait for viewers to see in [Season 4]."

Carr - who is best known for his roles on the BBC's "Bluestone 42" and "Death in Paradise" -- joins new cast members Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Nigel Harman, Joanna David and Dame Harriet Walter, who are all set to star in series' upcoming eight-episode fourth season.

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In addition the eight new episodes, a feature-length special will air during the Christmas holidays in the UK.

-- Erin O'Sullivan

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