'Downton Abbey' reportedly to introduce first black character

The early 20th century British period drama Downton Abbey is expected introduce its first African-American character this coming season.

The award-winning television show, from writer and creator Julian Fellowes, centers around the wealthy Crawley family.

According to The Sun, casting notes were sent to agents, seeking a black actor to play the role of musician Jack Ross.

The role as Ross was described as, “Male, 25-30. A musician (singer) at an exclusive club in the 20s.  He’s black and very handsome. A real man (not a boy) with charm and charisma.”

In addition, the actor to play Ross “should be a very attractive man with a certain wow factor.”

Filming for the fourth season is set to start on March 23, with a fall 2013 premiere date in the UK and a winter 2014 premiere date in the U.S.

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