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Richard E Grant is a new arrival at Downton Abbey

WITHNAIL And I star Richard E Grant is joining the cast of Downton Abbey.

The actor is one of several new cast members joining the hit period drama for the fifth series.

He will play Simon Bricker who visits Downton Abbey as a guest of the Grantham family.

Anna Chancellor, best known for her role as Henrietta in Four Weddings And A Funeral, also joins the cast as Lady Anstruther.

Executive producer Gareth Neame said: "We are delighted to welcome these talented actors to Downton. The characters are set to bring yet more excitement and intrigue to the show."

The ITV1 drama is set to return to television screens later this year, but creator Julian Fellowes has hinted the next series of the hit show could be its last.

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