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Lady Mary's New Love Interest on 'Downton Abbey' Is a Total Hottie (and Indie Movie Star)

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Mar 04, 2013 | 12:21pm EST

Tom Cullen

The last season of Downton Abbey, an early 20th century version of The Sims, ended not with a whimper but the bang of Matthew Crawley's car flying off the side of the road and Dan Stevens careening toward a movie career that may or may not happen. But what will happen to Lady Mary and her now-fatherless child? And what gentlemen are they going to get up in the manner house that aren't wearing tuxedos and spilling fish sauce on the Dowager Countess?

Well, we finally got at least one answer — the role of Lady Mary's hotly anticipated love slave Lord Gillingham has gone to Tom Cullen, who announced the news on Twitter, this weekend. "I can announce that I'm in the new season four of Downton Abbey. So excited. My heart is beating a little too fast...," he Twittered to his twits. His isn't the only heart that will be beating fast. I am happy to report that, as you can see from the above photo, Mr. Cullen is going to give Allen Leech's Branson a run for his money in the "best looking in a morning coat" department. 

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Cullen, 27, has been starring in the British series Black Mirror, but American fans might know him better from the indie film Weekend, where he plays a gay man who falls in love over the course of (duh) a weekend. Those who haven't seen the film but want to know what Cullen will look like out of his costume on this costume drama should get themselves to Netflix right now because, well, all will be revealed. Between the new characters, O'Brien leaving, and now the dreamy Mr. Cullen joining the cast, Season 4 (which is currently filming in Merry Old England) is officially getting spicy.

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