1 February 2013 7:49 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

As to be expected, the standards for Lady Mary Crawley's new suitor on "Downton Abbey" are very high.

According to The Daily Mail, actors everywhere have been vying for the role of Mary's (Michelle Dockery) Season 4 boyfriend, but not one has passed the test.

"Some were too dark, some too blond, some too bland -- though a couple have been put on a shortlist that the producers and creative people will discuss," a source reportedly said. "The main criteria for him is that he should be posh -- and pretty."

Mary's boyfriend won't necessarily be a permanent "Downton" fixture, however. A source told The Mail that if he "gels" he could stick around, but otherwise Mary will be on the lookout for a new man. An American, perhaps?!

Lady Mary's new love interest became a necessity when her on-screen husband Dan Stevens announced his departure in December.

"From a personal point of view, »

- Leigh Weingus

Report a problem

Similar News Items

"Downton Abbey" (2010)
Michelle Dockery
Dan Stevens (IV)

IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners