*It looks like PBS’s wildly popular “Downton Abbey,” which just wrapped its third season this month, is about to introduce its first black character as part of a storyline about race relations in the1920s.
According to The Sun, producers sent casting notices out to agents seeking an actor to play Jack Ross, described as “Male, 25-30. A musician (singer) at an exclusive club in the 20’s.” The casting note adds, “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,” and “should be a very attractive man with a certain wow factor.”
Jack Ross will reportedly have a key role in season four, which begins filming on March 23.
Several black actors in non-speaking roles did appear on the series this season as jazz musicians performing at The Blue Dragon [see photo above], located on Greek Street in the Soho area of London. Lady Edith Crawley, Matthew Crawley and Lady Rosamund Painswick ventured there reluctantly in search of free-spirited Lady Rose MacClare after being told by a taxi driver that he had taken her to the spot. [See photo above.]
Want to read more articles like this one? Subscribe to EURnewsletter.
Got A News Tip or Video You Want to Share? Contact us HERE.
- S. Epatha Merkerson: ‘I Won’t Even Read a Script with a Snake in it’
- 'Ice Age' Interview: 'Hit This...We're Done Anyways' - Wanda Sykes (WATCH)
- After UK’s ‘Brexit’ Vote, Texas Secessionists Call for ‘Texit’
- Mariah Carey to Receive Bravo’s 1st Ever ‘Giving Me Life Achievement Award’
- Parliament-Funkadelic Keyboardist Bernie Worrell Dies at 72
- Erykah Badu Directs Video for Robert Glasper Collabo ‘Maiysha (So Long)’ (Watch)
- TLC Begins Production on Tyler Perry's 'Too Close to Home'
- Deon Cole of ‘Black-ish’ Scores Standup Special on Comedy Central
- Bill Cosby Accuser Drops Defamation Lawsuit, But Still 'In Solidarity' With Alleged Victims
- Trolls Trying to Insult Steph Curry's 3-Year-Old Daughter Mistakenly Tweet Grown Man (See His Response)
- Discover More Stories on EURweb: Click Here