With filming for the fourth series of hit ITV period drama Downton Abbey well under way, more pictures have emerged on set – including ones showing new cast members Nigel Harman and Raquel Cassidy in costume.
As we reported earlier this year former EastEnders star Harman, who played Dennis Rickman in the hit BBC soap, has been cast to play new valet Mr Green, whilst Cassidy, who used to star in Teachers, is set to play a character called Baxter.
And from pictures published in today’s Daily Mail the pair seemed to both be thoroughly enjoying their time on the show so far!
Raquel, who is best known for playing Susan Gately in Teachers, can be seen dressed in black for her new character whilst Harman can be seen laughing in the photo which shows the newly formed Downton staff.
Whilst not much is known about Baxter (though from the use of just her last name and the fact that Siobhan Finneran has quit her role as Ladies maid to Lady Cora it is quite safe to assume that she will be taking over as the new lady in waiting for the Earl of Grantham’s good wife), Harman is set to play a visiting valet named Green.
Joining them in the picture are show favourites Brendan Coyle, who plays John Bates, Joanne Froggatt who plays his wife Anna Bates and Jim Carter who plays Mr Carson.
But Nigel and Raquel aren’t the only new faces we have seen in production, as we reported yesterday Shirley MacLaine has been spotted filming picnic scenes for this year’s Christmas Day finale along with her new on-screen son Harold played by Saving Private Ryan star Paul Giamatti.
Also joining the cast this series are Tom Cullen as Lord Anthony Gillingham, an old Crawley family friend whose history with Lady Mary dates back to childhood; Dame Harriet Walter as Violet’s friend Lady Shackleton; Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, who will play a singing house guest; Joanna David, who will guest star as the Duchess of Yeovil and Julian Ovenden as the aristocrat Charles Blake.
There will also be at least three other characters: a nanny for the children, a drunkard named Sir John Bullock, and the show’s first black character: jazz musician and singer Jack Ross. Ross, who will ignite some race-related controversy, will be portrayed by Gary Carr.
Filming for the fourth series began back in February at Highclere Castle in Hampshire and is expected to air on our ITV screens this autumn.