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Paul Giamatti joins Downton Abbey

Barney's Version

Story by Jack Foley

PAUL Giamatti has joined the cast of Downton Abbey.

The Emmy-winning actor will be seen in season four’s finale, it was revealed on Monday.

The actor, who won an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG award for his portrayal of the second US President in the 2008 HBO mini-series John Adams, will reportedly play against type as Cora’s “maverick, playboy brother Harold”.

He will join fellow American Shirley MacLaine as well as new faces Tom Cullen, Joanna David and Gary Carr.

Gareth Neame, managing director of Carnival Films, a co-producer of the series, said in a statement: “We’re excited that Paul Giamatti will be joining us on Downton to play Cora’s brother Harold, the rather free-spirited uncle to Mary and Edith.

“We can’t wait to see him work alongside Shirley MacLaine, who are both sure to upset the Grantham’s apple cart in this year’s finale.”

Giamatti’s eclectic film credits include Sideways, Barney’s Version, The Hangover Part II and HBO’s Too Big to Fail. He is currently filming a role as the villain The Rhino in Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is slated for release next year.

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