Gary Carr Joins ‘Downton Abbey’ Cast

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Faye Thomas

Downton Abbey has found it’s first black character to stir things up on the upcoming season.

British actor Gary Carr has joined the Season 4 cast of the award-winning period drama.

Carr will play Jack Ross, a charismatic Jazz singer.

The casting marks the first time a black actor will have a major recurring role on the show and sets the stage for a plotline that will focus on race relations in 1920s Yorkshire.

Carr’s addition will bring “interesting twists” to the acclaimed drama, says executive producer Gareth Neame.

Carr’s tv credits include U.K. series “Bluestone 42,” “Death in Paradise” and “Silent Witness.”

Downton Abbey returns to the U.K. in September and the U.S. in January 2014.