This is all kinds of amazing.
Who would have thought that we would see the day where Hollywood royalty would be gracing the steps of Downton Abbey?
Well, the time has come as it has been announced that George Clooney is set to appear in a one-off Christmas special of the period drama.
We. Can’t. Wait.
The episode will be shown around Christmas time and was written to raise money for ITV’s charity fundraiser, Text Santa.
An ITV spokesperson has tried to play down our excitement a little bit by saying that George will only be appearing in the Text Santa sketch – not the full blown Christmas special.
But who cares? IT’S GEORGE BLOOMIN’ CLOONEY!
Rumour has it that the Hollywood star has already filmed the episode, where he plays an American guest at a Wedding, but the spoilsport spokesperson refused to give away any more detail.
George has always said that he is a huge fan of the British drama and it is thought that his friendship with Downton star Hugh Bonneville, who he starred alongside in The Monuments Men, was one of the contributing factors to him agreeing to appear.
This news also explains why the 53-year-old was spotted hanging around the Hampshire estate where the show is filmed, with rumours of it being the venue for his upcoming wedding to Amal Alamuddin seemingly being an elaborate cover story to keep his Downton appearance a secret.
Sources told the Sun: “All the plans have been shrouded in secrecy because George was determined for his role not to leak out.
“All the other cast members and crew were also sworn to secrecy. It’s amazing it’s taken four months for someone to find out.
“This is the biggest moment in Downton history and shows it’s now the biggest drama in the world.”
Ain’t that the truth.
This isn’t the first time that Text Santa has brought out the stars in the name of charity, just last year Cheryl Cole starred in a special episode of Coronation Street.
Erm, sorry Chezza, but we think that George has trumped you.
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