Downton Abbey is fast becoming a show that every actor wants to be a part of. TVLine is reporting that Giamatti will play Harold Levinson, Cora’s (Elizabeth McGovern) brother in the Season 4 finale, alongside Shirley MacLaine who returns as Cora’s mother Martha. The character is described as a playboy and maverick.
TVLine’s report was confirmed by Masterpiece to the Huffington Post as well, “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,” Gareth Neame, managing director of Carnival Films, said in a statement. “We can’t wait to see him work alongside Shirley MacLaine, who are both sure to upset the Grantham’s apple cart in this year’s finale.”