The British period drama television series “Downtown Abbey” is introducing its first black character as part of a storyline about race relations in the 1920s, according to the UK’s leading tabloid, The Sun.
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>The award-winning stately home drama is seeking an actor to play musician Jack Ross. >
> Casting notes were sent out to actors’ agents earlier this month. They describe Ross as “Male, 25-30. A musician (singer) at an exclusive club in the 20s. >
> “He’s black and very handsome. A real man (not a boy) with charm and charisma.” >
> Whoever lands the role should “ideally be able to sing brilliantly”. The notes add: “Overall he should be a very attractive man with a certain wow factor.” Jack Ross will play a key part in the fourth series of the hit TV saga alongside a string of other fresh faces.
The Season 2 finale of “Downton Abbey” earned PBS its highest overnight ratings since 2009’s “Ken Burns National Parks.” The series’ ratings were up 25 percent from its first season, doubling the average PBS viewership.