Watch George Clooney Turn Heads in His 'Downton Abbey' Debut!
By Philiana Ng
George Clooney is turning heads in his Downton Abbey debut!
The A-list star’s much-publicized stint on the British period drama wasn’t for an episode of the show sadly, but rather a sketch for Text Santa, an annual U.K. telethon that raises money for charities over the holiday season.
In the 10-minute bit, posted by ITV on Friday, we get a very good idea of just how well Mr. Clooney fits in as a 1930s American, aka Lord Hollywood, who is married to Cora Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern). Yup, you read that right!
“What on Earth does she see in him?” Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) asks as he watches his wife dance with Clooney. Seriously?!
A deep makeout session occurs off-screen between Clooney and Cora before Lady Violet (Maggie Smith) summons Clooney away. It’s only a matter of time before the former ER star turns up the charm and causes the matriarch to faint in his presence.
The entire sketch is based on the question, “What if Lord Grantham never existed?” From the looks of it, things would have been A-okay, if not better, with lots and lots and lots of drinking.
Clooney isn’t the only star appearing in the sketch: Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowescameos in a brief scene and Jeremy Piven, as his Mr. Selfridges persona, drops by to bring the ladies some undergarments.
You also have your obligatory once-in-a-lifetime selfie with Clooney.
How did Downton Abbey land Clooney for the sketch? Turns out, he’s a fan of the show and became friends with Bonneville after filming The Monuments Men.