George Clooney had all the "Downton Abbey" ladies swooning for the holidays. In a much anticipated guest role in the show's Text Santa fundraiser, Clooney appears as George Oceans Gravity, Marquis of Hollywood. The sketch -- a play on "It's a Wonderful Life" -- features Lord Robert Crawley accidentally losing the family fortune and then remarking that it would have been better if he were never born. A holiday angel intervenes to show him what the world would look like if that were indeed the case.
Cue Clooney, as Cora's alternate-universe husband. Hollywood in-jokes, selfies and the actor's famous charm abound.
Excitement for Clooney's "Downton Abbey" spot has been building for months, with teasers of the appearance only whetting fans' appetites. Appearing on Huffpost Live earlier this month, actor Rob James-Collier, who plays Thomas Barrow on the show, spoke of the Hollywood megastar's time on set.
"He came in for a day and was super charismatic," he said. "I've never seen so many women on the set that shouldn't have been there in my life."