07/21/2011 05:03 am ET Updated Sep 19, 2011

Downton Abbey Bosses Sign Up Nigel Havers And Mistresses Star Sharon Small

Smoothie Nigel Havers will be lording it up in ITV’s smash hit period drama Downton Abbey.

Charmer Nigel, 59, will appear as aristocrat Lord Hepworth when the show returns this Christmas.

Bosses have also signed up Mistresses and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries star Sharon Small, 44, for a major role.

A show insider said: “Nigel and Sharon will be the perfect additions to this year’s Downton. They are incredibly talented actors and are already hugely popular with our audience.