Paul Giamatti

Paul GiamattiPBS just announced that the popular character actor Paul Giamatti (“John Adams,” “Sideways,” “Barney’s Version,” “Cinderella Man”) has joined the cast of “Downton Abbey.”

The release said Giamatti will play Cora’s maverick, playboy brother Harold in the series’ finale. He will star alongside Shirley MacLaine and the regular cast members for the dramatic climax to Series 4. He joins new cast members Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Nigel Harman, Joanna David and Gary Carr.

Carnival Films’ Managing Director, Gareth Neame said, “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. 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.”

“Downton Abbey” season 4 will air on MASTERPIECE on PBS starting January 5, 2014.

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Paula Schwartz is a veteran journalist based in New York who is passionate about the movies. Her idea of heaven is watching three movies in a row. She’s written for various outlets, including the New York Times, Showbiz411, More and MovieMaker Magazine. For five seasons, she contributed to the New York Times seasonal movie blog, Carpetbaggers, where she covered major awards events and interviewed stars like Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman and Helen Mirren.



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