Paul Giamatti Joins the Cast of Downton Abbey

paul giamattiDownton Abbey has already added several new faces for season four, which will now include another American actor.  Paul Giamatti is joining the cast, guest starring as Cora Crawley’s brother.  He is described as an American playboy, and will appear in the fourth season’s Christmas special.  The following statement about Giamatti’s character was made by Gareth Neame, one of the show’s executives:

We’re excited that Paul Giamatti will be joining us on Downton to play Cora’s brother Harold, the rather free-spirited uncle to Mary and Edith. We can’t wait to see him work alongside Shirley MacLaine, who are both sure to upset the Grantham’s apple cart in this year’s finale.

The new season premieres in the US on January 5th, 2014, and will air in September in the UK.  Can you see a possible resemblance between Paul Giamatti and his new T.V. relatives?  Do you think he’ll be a good addition to the show?  Tell us in the comments below.