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George Clooney will be joining the cast of Downton for a special charity episode

Downton Abbey fans, rejoice! The show is about to get an extra special new guest star, in the shape of none other than… George Clooney.

Yep, that's right, the Hollywood heartthrob is heading to the British estate to appear in a special charity episode, which will see Mr Clooney play an American guest at a wedding (which means another marriage for Downton).

A spokesperson for ITV said Clooney will appear in a  sketch, but not in the full episode, which will be broadcast at Christmas.

Earlier this year, rumours were circulating that Clooney and his fiancée Amal Alamuddin were to wed at Downton – however now it looks like those 'reports' were a cover up intended to keep George's involvement in the show under wraps. Sneaky.

George Clooney

Text Santa – ITV's charity fundraiser – is to thank for Mr Clooney's involvement in the show. And it was also behind Cheryl Cole's appearance in Coronation Street, last year, where she served pints in the Rovers Return.

Safe to say, we'll definitely be tuning in to this one…

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By Olivia Marks