Tom Ellis Rumored for Key Role on Downton Abbey Season 4

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With Downton Abbey Season 3 now officially behind viewers in both Great Britain and the United States, attention can turn to the fourth season of this ITV smash.

Specifically to Lord Anthony Gillingham, the upcoming love interest for Lady Mary who will come on board next year following - SPOILER ALERT!!! - the death of Matthew via car accident.

Lady Mary

According to The Mirror, Tom Ellis has auditioned for the role and has made the cut to the producers' short list.

An unfamiliar face to American audiences, Ellis is best known overseas for his portrayal of Gary Preston on Miranda.

An ITV insider tells the newspaper it would be a "coup" for the network to "attract a major BBC star to a flagship ITV" show such as Downton Abbey, though no deal is in place yet.

Regardless of who plays the part, Mary's love life will be a major focus of Downton Abbey Season 4.

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