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In more shocking Downton Abbey cast news (of the exiting kind), Siobhan Finneran has recently told the press that she will not reprise her role as the dastardly Mrs. O'Brien, the lady's maid everyone loves to hate, in the show's fourth season.  The announcement comes on the heels of two other major cast departures this season, and it looks like Julian Fellowes' Edwardian drama, the reins of which he's handing over next year, is going to need to start casting quickly.  A few new characters have already been revealed: Tom Cullen will appear as Lord Gillingham, described as an old family friend of the Crawleys (aren't they all?) who may or may not be helpful in mending Lady Mary's heart. Nigel Harman will play a valet named Green. Harriet Walter plays Lady Shackleton, an old friend of the Dowager Countess (Shirley Maclaine as also been said to be rumored to return, »

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