Published On: Sun, Mar 3rd, 2013

Shirley MacLaine set to return for ‘Downton Abbey’ season 4 in latest set of casting updates

Shirley MacLaine will be returning to Downton Abbey next season as Martha Levinson and six new cast members will be joining the show as well, Carnival Films and Masterpiece on PBS announced Saturday.

Shirley MacLaine on "Downton Abbey"

Shirley MacLaine on “Downton Abbey”

Opera star Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is joining the cast as a guest who sings in the house, as confirmed last night among three other new cast members including Tom Cullen who will play Lord Gillingham, an old family friend of the Crawleys who visits as a guest for a house party.

Dame Harriet Walter arrives as Lady Shackleton, an old friend of the Dowager played by Maggie Smith and Julien Ovendon comes aboard as aristocrat Charles Blake.

Additions revealed in this morning’s announcement were Nigel Harman who joins the household as Green, a valet, and Joanne David who has a guest role as the Duchess of Yeovil.

Downton Abbey is a Carnival/Masterpiece Co-production, created and written by Julian Fellowes. Gareth Neame and Fellowes are exec producers.

UK broadcaster ITV ordered a fourth season of Downton Abbey in late November of last year and expects to begin in January 2014.

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