‘Downton Abbey’ to introduce it’s first black character
Dowton Abbey is on the verge of diversifying it’s cast by adding a black character into the mix.
The upcoming season of the Emmy Award-winning period drama will feature it’s first black cast member, Blackactors.net has learned.
According to British tabloid The Sun, a casting notice was sent out to top agents searching for a black actor in their late 20s to portray a Jazz singer named Jack Ross.
The notice describes the character in superficial detail: “He’s Black and very handsome. A real man (not a boy) with charm and charisma.” In addition to being good looking, the actor should “ideally be able to sing brilliantly” and have a “certain wow factor.”
Ross will play a key role in the upcoming new season, as the series will tackle a plot line about racial relations in 1920s Yorkshire.
Filming begins next month.