Paul Giamatti, 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.