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"Downton Abbey" is adding some racial diversity in Season 4 with a black character, Jack Ross.

According to The Sun, the character is described as being between the ages of 25-30 and is a singer at an exclusive club. The Sun reports the casting note says the actor should be able to sing and posses a "certain wow factor."

Lily James, Rose to "Downton Abbey" fans, said her character will help the residents of Downton get with the times. "It's nice to bring the outside world into Downton," James said. "The London world is quite exciting -- it gives it a social context. Downton's in a bubble with their morals and the world they uphold, so it's nice to see the more rebellious London world [as well]."

Other new characters in Season 4 include a new love interest for Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) named Lord Anthony Gillingham. Season 4 kicks off six months after the »


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