I woke up this morning to discover a slew of Downton-related casting news! Without further ado, here's the scoop on the new characters that will be visiting the Crawleys in the show's upcoming fourth season: Tom Cullenas Lord Gillingham, an old family friend of the Crawleys who visits the family as a guest for a house party - no idea who this guy is, but he's cute! :)
Nigel Harmanas Green, a valet - apparently he was in a 2010 Marple? I need to re-watch that.
Joanne Davidin a guest role as the Duchess of Yeovil - perhaps they mean Joanna David, as the IMDB doesn't list a Joanne. If that's the case, this David is a period drama vet (Bleak House, Foyle's War).
Julian Ovendenas aristocrat Charles Blake - HOLLA ANDREW FOYLE! And that's all I have to say to that. Dame Kiri Te Kanawaas a guest who sings in the house - famous singers at house parties seem to happen quite frequently in Christie novels, it's about time one came to Downton. :) The article also confirms the return of Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson for the Season 4 finale. I couldn't be more thrilled about that as I loved Martha! Also, apparently O'Brien is OUT...this is kind of a shocker, but I really shouldn't be surprised given her storyline in the Christmas episode. My bet is that we discover she took the position of ladies' maid for Lady Susan. Thoughts?