Gary Carr First Black Actor in Downtown Abbey

Gary Carr has landed the first acting role awarded to a black person.  He’ll be playing Jack Ross in the widely popular Downtown Abbey drama series. Gary is excited that he has the opportunity to play a sensitive musician on one of the most popular shows in ITV’s history.

Gary Carr Downtown Abbey

Jack Ross (aka Gary Carr) from the BBC’s “Death In Paradise” drama series, is the first black character to be written in to Downton Abbey the highly rated ITV drama series.

ITV said that Gary Carr, a London-born actor who has appeared on the television series “Bluestone 42″ and “Death in Paradise,” would join “Downton Abbey” in its coming fourth season as Jack Ross, a jazz singer who is described as “a charming and charismatic young man.”

A spokesperson for the show said that the series has sought to strike a balance between reflecting the wide audience that watches it and the reality of the era in which it takes place.

ITV said the fourth season of Downtown would consist of eight episodes and a “feature length” special that would be shown at Christmas.

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Gary Carr will be the first black actor in Downtown Abbey.  Have you seen him in Bluestone 42 or Death in Paradise?  Are you a Downtown Abbey fan?  If so, how will this affect your view of the show?

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