2 January 2013 2:23 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Downton Abbey’s cook is dropping into fairy tale land.

Lesley Nicol has signed onto ABC’s Once Upon a Time for a mysterious upcoming role. “As a Huge #DowntonAbbey Fan I’m very excited @lesley_nicol is coming to #OnceUponATime!” tweeted Josh Dallas, who plays Prince Charming on the show (to which Lost showrunner Damon Lindelof replied, “It is unfair that England gets to see Downton Abbey before us because we beat them in a war”).

No details yet on Nicol’s character other than she’ll have a “special connection” to the Snow White family. Hmm.

Nicol, who plays Mrs. »


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