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In Downton Abbey series 4, Rose will be romantically interested in a new character who’s putting a fresh face on the show’s cast.

According to a brief new comment from Downton Abbey executive producer Gareth Neame, cousin Rose will take interest in Gary Carr’s new character Jack Ross.

“We know she’s a bit of a wild child, right? She’s a bit rebellious, and she likes the boyfriends,” Neame said.

Perhaps Jack and Rose will take interest in each other’s struggle to be accepted in “modern” society.

Jack Ross is a unique addition to Downton Abbey series 4 because he is the first recurring black character. He is described as a “jazz singer” who’s “charming and charismatic.” Producers have said previously that he’ll bring some surprise twists to the show.

Cousin Rose is played by Lily James who was up’d to a regular for series 4. This means she’ll be appearing on every episode and will have a clear character arc.

Downton Abbey series 4 premieres in the United States on January 5 and likely will hit United Kingdom airwaves sooner.

Earlier today we shared photos from the set where a party scene was being filmed. Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, and others appear in the outdoor scene on Downton’s grounds.

Thanks, EW.

  • jackie whitus

    I found a photo of them on a rowboat together on Tumblr a few days ago and was so excited. It’ll definitely be an interesting story line to watch.

  • Caroline J.

    i predicted this months ago when they revealed the Jack Ross character. excited to see it! i’ve come to enjoy rose, despite her hyperactive personality. lol.

  • Elphaba Thropp

    Jack and Rose…I can totally see them making that joke…
    (Of course, this is going to make people on tumblr even MORE confused, now we have three Jack and Rose pairings)

  • Aimee_Pond

    Her name is Lily James, which reminds me of Lily and James Potter. And there’s going to be a Jack and Rose pairing. TOO MANY FANDOMS

  • Tessa

    Ye kinda saw this one coming, but I look forward seeing more of her character and actually getting to know her beyond the wild child she has been depicted as so far. I don’t know if she will fill the Sybil shaped hole left last season though but I am interested to see how they deal with this new storyline and more importantly Cousin Violet’s reaction.

  • K@

    So if they were married her name would be Rose Ross…. Silly.

  • Ellie

    I was worried they were going to try and get her and Branson together. I’m not ready for him to move on! Though I know he will eventually

  • leah

    and the show keeps getting more stupid

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