Carson better stock up on the Pinot Noir: "Sideways" star
According to a news release from Carnival Films, Masterpiece and PBS, the Emmy- and
It's the latest surprising casting news for the costume drama, which will look quite different when it returns to PBS on Jan. 14. Following the departure of series regulars Dan Stevens, Jessica Brown Findlay and
Giamatti will appear alongside Shirley MacLaine, also slated to return in season 4 following a brief guest role in Season 3.
"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," said Gareth Neame, Carnival Films' managing director. "We can't wait to see him work alongside Shirley MacLaine, who are both sure to upset the Granthams' apple cart in this year's finale."
Giamatti is no stranger to period drama, having won an Emmy for playing the title role in the acclaimed HBO miniseries "John Adams." He also starred as comic book artist Harvey Pekar in "American Splendor" and, more recently, in David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis."