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Tom Chambers: 'I was not posh enough for Downton Abbey'

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Jul 16, 2013 | 6:24am EDT

British actor Tom Chambers was turned down for a coveted role in hit period drama Downton Abbey because producers decided he was not posh enough for the job. The 36 year old, who hails from a village in the Midlands region of England, auditioned for the part of Lady Mary Crawley's new love interest, and admits he was devastated to lose out on on the role. He tells the Birmingham Mail, "I was told I didn't have enough blue blood in me to join the series. I was extremely eager to get the role, so it was disappointing, but you have to become very thick-skinned about the things that don't come your way." In the upcoming fourth season of the hit show, Welsh actor Tom Cullen will play Lord Anthony Gillingham, who courts Lady Mary after her husband's death, while Julian Ovenden will play another suitor named Charles Blake. The series will also feature new castmembers including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Nigel Harman, Joanna David and Dame Harriet Walter.

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