It has been announced that several new characters will be introduced into Season 4 of the show, which is currently filming.
Tom Cullen will play Lord Gillingham, a family friend.
Shirley MacLaine will return for the Season 4 finale in her role as Cora's mother, Martha Levinson.
Lady Shackleton, a friend of Violet's, will be played by Dame Harriet Walter. (2 dames for the show!)
A valet named Green, to be played by Nigel Harman.
The Duchess of Yeovill, to be played by Joanna David.
Aristocrat Charles Blake, to be played by Julian Ovenden.
And New Zealand-born opera singer, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, who sang at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, will portray a singing guest at the house in an episode.( THREE dames! )
All looks good for Downton in Season 4.