Downton Abbey Series 4: Former Sugar Rush star Olivia Hallinan has asked Julian Fellowes for role!

by Anna Howell


Sometimes if you really want something, you just have to go out there and ask for it!

That is exactly the attitude that former Sugar Rush actress, Olivia Hallinan, has adopted when deciding that she wanted a role in the epic ITV period drama, Downton Abbey!

According to the Mail Online the actress, who is best known for playing Kim in the critically acclaimed TV series Sugar Rush, has revealed how she struggles to get serious roles because of her baby-faced looks, and set Downton Abbey’s creator Julian Fellowes a challenge to show the world what she is capable of!

Discussing her career options with the site, she explained:

“I don’t get parts my age ever and that is frustrating because I have a baby face and tend to look much younger on screen,

“You tend to see the same faces.

“It is more of a question of being seen for the right parts, because the casting directors don’t see as many people as they used to.

“I mean, I love period dramas and I actually miss wearing the corsets because – funnily enough – being squeezed in all the time keeps you in shape.’

“I would love to be reunited with Brendan Coyle, who plays Mr Bates and was my father in Larkrise,

“Come on Julian, write me a part! I would love to play a troublemaker and cause some real controversy.”

So the ball in in your court Julian!

Meanwhile, new faces that we can definitely expect to see in the new series when the show returns to our screens this autumn include an heir to the British throne, cast as an extra!


Flora Ogilvy, who is 45th in line to the British throne, is the daughter of James Robert Bruce Ogilvy who is the elder child and only son of Sir Angus Ogilvy and Princess Alexandra of Kent.

James is a god-son of Queen Elizabeth II who, when he was born, was 13th in the line of succession to the British throne.

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.


Former EastEnders star Harman, who played Dennis Rickman, has been cast to play a valet named Green and Raquel Cassidy, who is best known for playing Susan Gately in Teachers, is set to play a character (who we believe may be O’Brien’s replacement as Lady Cora’s Lady in Waiting) called Baxter.

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.


And finally the series 4 finale will feature the return of Cora’s mother, Martha Levinson played by US actress Shirley MacLaine, along with her brother Harold who is being played by Saving Private Ryan star Paul Giamatti!

All in all we can’t wait!