“Downton Abbey” has quite a few new faces gracing the grounds of everyone’s favorite British estate in the upcoming fourth season. Zap2it is here with a handy reference guide as a fun sneak peek, but be warned — small spoilers ahead, so don’t keep reading if you want to remain entirely spoiler-free.
Lady Mary’s suitors
Pictured above, left, is Tom Cullen as Lord Gillingham (Anthony Foyle) and Julian Ovenden, right, as Charles Blake. With Matthew gone, Mary is of course deeply grieving for her lost love. But that doesn’t mean she’s destined to be an old maid now. Both of these dashing men will be crossing paths with Mary — but which path will she be interested in following, if any?
At left is Gary Carr as Jack Ross, a singer, musician and bandleader for a local jazz ensemble. If you’ve got eyes, you can see that he’s quite the handsome fellow. plus he sings like a bird and can play the piano … and who do we know that is into the jazz scene of the 1920s? Hmm.
Speaking of Thomas, when a spot opens up at Downton, he brings an old friend of his, Phyllis Baxter (Raquel Cassidy), into the fold at Downton, hoping she’ll perhaps be his new O’Brien. Baxter doesn’t appear until later in the season, but we like her as a character, so she’s definitely one to watch for.
You won’t see her until late in the season, but Daisy Lewis is joining the cast as Sarah, a local schoolteacher who is also involved in politics. You can find out about her role in the season here, though be warned that it’s more spoiler-y than we’re being in this article, which is why we’re not offering the details here.
Another character not seen at first, Harold is not appearing until the season finale. But Lady Cora’s brother, played by Paul Giamatti, is set to grace the Downton halls. He’s a bit of a prickly pear and we hope to see Giamatti reprise the role in Season 5.
“Downton Abbey” Season 4 premieres Sunday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.