Downton Abbey fans rejoice! George Clooney, known as one of the most dashing and distinguished actors in Hollywood, is set to star in a special episode of the series, which is set in WWI-era Britain. Clooney has already filmed the scenes for the ITV network charity fundraiser, Text Santa.
The special episode is actually a sketch to raise money for Text Santa’s chosen charities: the Alzheimer’s Society, Guide Dogs, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Teenage Cancer Trust, Together for Short Lives, and WellChild. Clooney won’t be appearing in the full annual Downton Christmas episode, but British fans will get to see his part play out on Christmas day as a sketch for the fundraiser telecast.
British fans also have the opportunity to attend a red carpet premiere of Season 5’s first episode, as well as an exclusive Q&A with Julian Fellowes and the cast. This opportunity is part of a separate fundraiser between Telegraph Bespoke and CTBF.
ITV’s Text Santa raises money and awareness for several United Kingdom based charities, which help to offer life-changing services to people in the community. Clooney would be the latest American cast member to appear in “Downton,” following actors Shirley MacLaine and Paul Giamatti, who previously played the mother and brother of Cora.
The exact nature of Clooney’s role in the special sketch has been largely kept under wraps in an effort to keep the secret until audiences have a chance to view it on Christmas day.
“All the other cast members and crew were also sworn to secrecy. It’s amazing it’s taken four months for someone to find out. This is the biggest moment in Downton history and shows it’s now the biggest drama in the world,” sources told The Sun.