Yes, George Clooney is coming to "Downton Abbey." No, it's not in the way you're thinking.
The 53-year-old Hollywood A-lister recently traveled to Highclere Castle, the setting for the hit BBC series, to film a short sketch with the cast for an upcoming charity special. The ITV network is using Highclere as the setting for their "Text Santa" campaign - an annual event that raises money for charities througout the U.K. This year's selected beneficiaries include the Alzheimer’s Society, Guide Dogs, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Teenage Cancer Trust, Together for Short Lives, and WellChild.
According to the Guardian, Clooney will appear in the short alongside Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery, who respetively play Lord Robert Crawley and Lady Mary Crawley in the drama. The article goes on to state that Clooney is a "huge fan" of "Downton" and became close with Bonneville after co-starring with him in the film "Monuments Men."
Last year's Text Santa campaign raised more than $8.2M for charity. Something tells me the coming "Clooney Bump" will help them raise even more.
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