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'Downton Abbey' adds to the cast for Season 5

1:47 PM, Feb 14, 2014   |    comments
Richard E. Grant looks like he'll fit right in on the 'Downton Abbey' set. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
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(USA TODAY) -- Downtown Abbey's Season 4 sadly comes to a close on Feb. 23, but we're happy to report that Highclere Castle will be opening its doors to some new faces for Season 5.

Carnival Films and Masterpiece on PBS today announced that Richard E. Grant (Girls, Gosford ParkDoctor Who) will join the cast as Simon Bricker, who visits Downton Abbey as a guest of the Granthams.

Anna Chancellor (The Hour, Four Weddings and a Funeral) joins in a guest role, playing Lady Anstruther, and Rade Sherbedgia (Eyes Wide Shut, 24) plays a Russian refugee.

Returning guest cast member Dame Harriet Walter will reprise her role as Lady Shackleton, along with Peter Egan, returning as Lord Flintshire.

"We are delighted to welcome these talented actors to the world of Downton. The characters they play are set to bring yet more excitement and intrigue to the show," says executive producer Gareth Neame, managing director of Carnival Films, in a release.

Season 5 is set to begin filming this month.

And don't worry: Season 5 will feature returning stars Maggie SmithHugh Bonneville,Michelle DockeryElizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Penelope WiltonPhyllis Logan,Samantha BondLaura Carmichael, Lily James, Allen LeechBrendan CoyleJoanne Froggatt, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McSheraRob James-CollierEd SpeleersKevin DoyleRaquel CassidyDavid RobbTom CullenJulian OvendenDaisy Lewis, Douglas Reith, Jeremy Swift and Andrew Scarborough.

The fourth season of Downton Abbey, hit a new record high in the U.S. with its Season 4 opener, attracting some 10.2 million viewers.

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