Downton Abbey Series 4: Once Upon A Time star Josh Dallas to play Shirley MacLaine’s nephew?


Once Upon A Time star, Josh Dallas, has admitted that he is a huge fan of Downton Abbey, and has even invented a part he could play on the show.

According to the star, who is due to return to UK screens tomorrow for a new series of Once Upon A Time, he thinks he could star in an American version of the hit ITV period drama, or failing that he could join the UK cast as an American nephew of Shirley MacLaine.

MacLaine, who plays Lady Cora’s (Elizabeth McGovern) outspoken and modern American mother, Martha Levinson in the award-winning drama, made her Downton debut during last year’s series three of the show and instantly became firm favourite amongst fans as her new-fangled ideas clashed relentlessly with those of her British counterpart and spurring partner, The Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith).


But, in the lead up to series 4, despite show bosses expressing a desire for Hollywood actress MacLaine to make a return to Downton, it was reported that her busy schedule probably meant that was unlikely.
Luckily, however, at the eleventh hour it was confirmed by the show that MacLaine would indeed be back, and if Dallas has his way, with a family member in tow!

Speaking to Digital Spay, Josh Dallas, who plays Prince Charming in the ABC fantasy drama, shared his vision:

“I’m a huge Downton Abbey fan,” he revealed. “In fact, I’d love to do an American [version of] Downton Abbey if I could possibly make that happen.

“I’m a huge fan of the show – the writing I think is fantastic. It’s very hard for me to watch one episode and I sometimes have to skip ahead and watch two!”


The actor, who has already got to know one of Downton’s main cast members, Lesley Nicol (Mrs Patmore) when she starred in the second series of Once Upon A Time, continued:

“I could be like a cousin or I could be Shirley MacLaine’s nephew coming over from America,”

Filming for the fourth series of Downton Abbey is currently underway.

Once Upon a Time returns to Channel 5 in the UK on Sunday (April 7) at 9pm.

Watch an interview with Josh in the clip below: