PBS announced today that six new cast members are joining "Downton Abbey" series. In addition, as reported in the Sun-Times two weeks ago, Shirley MacLaine will be returning to reprise her role as Martha Levinson.
"Downton Abbey" newbies will include:
_ Tom Cullen as Lord Gillingham, as an old family friend of the Crawleys who visits the family as a guest for a house party
_ Nigel Harman as a valet named Green.
_ Harriet Walter asLady Shackleton, an old friend of the Dowager Countess.
_ Joanna David as the Duchess of Yeovil.
_ Julian Ovenden as aristocrat Charles Blake.
In addition, opera superstar Kiri Te Kanawa is also slated to make an appearance as a guest at the Abbey.
And current cast member Siobhan Finneran, who stars as the villainous Sarah O'Brien is leaving the series.