Gorgeous George goes back in time as he guest stars on the show for ITV’s Text Santa

Although we’ve known for a while that hunky actor George Clooney would be making a special Downton Abbey appearance, we’ve now got the blimmin’ gorgeous pics to prove it.

Oh, it’s like all our Christmases have come at once!

The one-off spin off sketch was filmed earlier this year for ITV‘s Text Santa fundraiser in which 53-year-old George plays a currently nameless American wedding guest.

In the newly released snaps, George can be seen posing alongside his Downton buddy Hugh Bonneville – who plays Lord Crawley – holding a clapperboard with the words ‘Text Santa’ written in red.

There’s no denying it, the Hollywood heartthrob has got us feeling all faint…and we aren’t the only ones. 

Laura Carmichael – Lady Edith Crawley in the popular period drama – has gushed about George, revealing that his appearance on Downton was kept a secret from the cast.

‘We didn’t know if it would actually happen until he turned up. We were filming away and then heard, “He’s here, he’s here, he’s arrived”,’ she says.

‘But he was wonderful and so brilliant and I’m very excited for everyone to see it.’


Laura – who starred alongside Amal Alamuddin’s new hubby in the comedy The Monuments Men earlier this year – also let some details slip about George’s role.

‘There is a very brilliant moment with Dame Maggie Smith and George – and I don’t know if I want to give away any more than that really – but Maggie does a very comedy fall.

‘George plants a kiss and Maggieends up on the floor, it’s wonderful. He was hilarious.’

Argh, we just want to know more!

Unfortunately we all have to wait until later this month to see the special show.


The Text Santa campaign kicked off on Monday and is raising money for an array of charities including Guide Dogs, Teenage Cancer Trust, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Alzheimer’s Society, Together For Short Lives and WellChild.

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