Wednesday, April 17, 2024

“Downton Abbey” Asks Paul Giamatti to Play Lady Cora’s Brother


Lady Cora Grantham is getting a brother. The mistress of Downton Abbey already has an American mother, played by Shirley MacLaine. Now Paul Giamatti has been added as Harold, Cora’s playboy brother. We can presume his name is Harold Levinson, since that’s Martha’s last name and that of her late husband Isidore. The Levinsons bailed the Granthams out financially when Cora married Robert, and there was a proposal afoot for Martha to do that again when Robert made bad investments.

And this raises once again the pressing question of whether or not Lady Cora is actually Jewish. It sure sounds like it. And now casting Giamatti– who, let’s face it, doesn’t look patrician in any way–brings the question forward. For if the Levinsons are really Rothschilds in disguise, this makes the Grantham children Jewish by default. And that puts a definite twist on “Downtown Abbey.” Good lord, what will the Dowager Countess say about this? Giamatti will appear in the season finale, a double episode.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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