Paul Giamatti Joins 'Downton Abbey'
, the disgruntled actor best known for his work in movies like Sideways
and Cinderella Man
, has joined the cast of Downton Abbey
season 4, TV Line
reported Monday. He'll play Harold Levinson, the "playboy brother" of Cora (Elizabeth McGovern
) and uncle to Mary (Michelle Dockery
), Edith (Laura Carmichael
) and formerly Sybil (RIP!). Granted, "playboy brother" probably isn't the first thing one thinks of when they think of Paul Giamatti, but different era, I guess.
Giamatti, who will make his first appearance in the season 4 finale, is just the latest edition to the Emmy-winning PBS series. Also joining the cast next season: Nigel Harman; Gary Carr; and Tom Cullen (aka the cuter gay from Weekend).
Downton Abbey season 4 premieres January 4, 2014 here in the States -- and much earlier for you lucky Brits across the pond.