“Downton Abbey” has added quite a few new faces for Season 4, including three handsome fellows in the form of (from left) Julian Ovenden, Tom Cullen and Gary Carr. The three are gracing the inside of the February issue of Vogue, where each spills a small tidbit about his time on “Downton.”
Cullen, on refining his natural Wales accent to that of a British aristocrat: “I pretend to be my English grandmother. She’s so posh her jaw doesn’t move when she speaks.”
Ovenden, on the contentious relationship between Charles Blake and Lady Mary: “He stays in the house, which is awkward, but they discover things about each other that are perhaps less different.”
Carr, on his character possibly encountering racism: “As a black man in the twenties, he’s already a celebrity. He doesn’t have such a chip on his shoulder. He’s wearing tails and sharp suits. It’s really great.”
In a recent online chat with fans through the PBS site, Carr also talks at length about his voice on the show, which is not his natural singing voice.
“Composer Simon Whiteside was very passionate about Jack having a specific tone to his voice. Very similar to the jazz singers you’ll find in the the smaller European clubs. A lot of twang rather than bass. My singing voice is completely different to Jack’s. I have more of a baritone and soul tone with bass whereas Jack is very tenor and more twang.”
Carr also adds that Dame Maggie Smith is “a lovely person” and has a very strong handshake. We don’t doubt it.
“Downton Abbey” airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.