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Iain Glen joins Downton Abbey

Iain Glen

Story by Jack Foley

SCOTTISH actor Iain Glen has joined the cast of Downton Abbey for its keenly-anticipated second series.

The Edinburgh-based star will play a self-made newspaper magnate named Sir Richard Carlisle in the new series, which is due to start filming in the spring.

Announcing the appointment, Downton producers Carnival Films hailed Glen as “a great actor”, saying he was “perfect for the role”.

The spokeswoman added that the new character, Sir Richard, “owns a number of newspapers and is a self-made man”.

Glen found global fame when he starred in the first Tomb Raider movie alongside Angelina Jolie.

He has since won rave reviews for his performance in hit BBC series Spooks, as well as Doctor Who, Law & Order: UK and the movies Kingdom of Heaven and Harry Brown.

Further casting announcements concerning the new season of Downton include Glen’s fellow Scot Cal Macaninch, who is best known as DI John Keenan on the BBC’s Holby City.

Zoe Boyle, from Sons of Anarchy, Amy Nuttall, of Hotel Babylon fame and Maria Doyle Kennedy (The Tudors) have also been cast.

Filming is due to commence at Highclere Castle, near the Hampshire-Berkshire border.

Downton Abbey became one of ITV’s biggest hits in memory following its debut last September (2010), attracting an aggregate audience of 11.8 million, which rose to 12.8m come the first season finale.

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