Downton AbbeyActor Matt Milne is to join the cast of ITV1 drama Downton Abbey for its third season.

Digital Spy reveal that Milne will join the cast as a new footman named Alfred who will be the nephew of Mrs O’Brien (Siobbhan Finneran). The third series of Downton Abbey will chronicle the early years of the 1920s following the second season’s coverage of the First World War. American actress Shirley MacLaine has already been confirmed as joining as the mother of Cora Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern).

Matt Milne made his professional acting debut in the critically acclaimed movie War Horse and will also appear in the forthcoming movie Wrath of the Titans. The third series of Downton Abbey, once again penned by Julian Fellowes, is currently being filmed at the moment. It will likely air on ITV1 this Autumn followed by a second Christmas Special.

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