When Worlds Collide
By Larry Jaffee
Facebook was abuzz in early March with the news that Nigel Harman
(EastEnders. Dennis) will be joining Downton Abbey for its fourth
season, playing a visiting .charismatic. valet named Green.
.Downton Abbey has seen many great characters visit the house over the
years, and we couldn.t be more thrilled to welcome the new faces that
will be joining the regular cast of Downton in series 4,. executive
producer Gareth Neame said in a statement. .We hope audiences will be as
excited about them as we are..
That was an understatement, as evidenced by several postings on the .
Andrea McInnis: Ladies, my dreams have come true! My beloved Dennis will
be joining the cast of Downton next season! And I was practically
hyperventilating when I read this!!! Only problem now, is we.ve got to
wait almost a year. :( But this makes up for Sybil & Matthew in my
Cynthia Miller: The TV gods have truly blessed us!
Andrea McInnis: I get it. I wasn.t exaggerating on the hyperventilating!
JoAnn Hawkins commented: .I hope .visiting. doesn.t mean only one
Lillian Robinson: Oh, Larry, this is wonderful news! Thank you so much
Roxanne Amelia Elizabeth: .I was so missing Matthew [Crawley] already .
thank God for familiar faces!.
On the Walford State of Mind Facebook page, 161 people saw the post
about Harman joining the Downton cast.
Clinton Graves reported, .I first heard about that on the second break
of the EE Marathon at UNC. The callers were amazed..
Vicki Capek commented, I always liked him on EE, so can.t wait to see
him on Downton.
The irascible Charles Jenkins commented, .The tragedy for poor old
Dennis is that he remains Dennis . he was Dennis in his stint on Lark
Rise to Candleford and just about anything I have seen him in. This is
not to say that he is not good as Dennis! Sorry Dennis!!!!!.
Yours truly chimed in, .He.s a jobbing actor who deserves a decent
paycheck from a high-profile show. Charles, Nigel.s character in Shrek
The Musical was a height-disadvantaged bully, but certainly there to
provide comical relief; must have been successful given his Olivier last
Other readers felt the need to comment.
Frank Segall: .He.s already played a posh role, on Poirot, I think..
Sherry Chiger: .Except for his dodgy American accent, he was good in
Three Days of Rain in the West End a few years ago (though not a patch
on his costar James McAvoy). He very graciously signed tons of
autographs afterward too..
Tim Wilson noted, .First regular cast member of EastEnders to land a
role in Downton Abbey, I think..
Charles Jenkins returned to the debate: .An Olivier Award? Who said that
this is still a good award to win? I am still reeling from a Disney
musical at Drury Lane! His role on Poirot was not a POSH role . he
played a director, I believe, but his way of talking was not POSH . I
remember now, it was in one of those DREADFUL MISS MARPLE things with
the new woman (why not rerun the Joan Hickson ones . she was Agatha
Christie.s original choice, after all) . he played the husband . the
Rock Hudson role in the film . again, hardly a stretch . and certainly
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