George Clooney got us thinking about the other hot men we'd like to see in Downton Abbey

Just when you thought Christmas can’t get any more joy-filled, it’s been confirmed that George Clooney has joined the cast of Downton Abbey to film a one-off sketch for ITV Christmas charity show Text Santa.

George, 53, who is rumoured to be marrying fiance Amal Alamuddin, 36, at Chelsea Register Office in London today is pals with Downton pal Hugh Bonneville.

The sketch came about after Hugh, who plays the Earl of Grantham, became pals with the legendary bachelor when appearing in his film The Monuments Men.

So in celebration of this wonderous news, here are FIVE other hunks we would love to see arrive at Downton

Ryan Gosling
He’s already the most lusted after man on the planet, so it seems only right to put Ryan in some twee trousers, and have him ambling through the English countryside chatting to Branson about pig farming. Shirt is optional. Laura Carmichael, who plays unlucky in love Lady Edith, has already said Ryan would be her dream love interest, saying hopefully, ‘he’d be brilliant in Downton Abbey, and it would be a waste if it doesn’t happen.’ #makeithappen

Mark Wright
Mark needs to put the dancing skills he’s picking up on Strictly Come Dancing into practice, so why not play a loveable geezer throwing raucous parties for everyone ‘downstairs’. Poor kitchen hand Daisy needs a bit of eye candy. We’re fairly certain fake tan wasn’t invented in the 1920s, so he might have to lay off the Fake Bake for a couple of weeks beforehand.

Spencer Matthews
He’s already a professional womaniser, scoundrel and love rat, and has the plummy voice that even Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess couldn’t find fault with. Not forgetting his impressive ability to juggle multiple women at the same time. Spenny would be ideal as a charming toff seducing all the women and leaving a trail of broken hearts behind him. So basically a cameo playing himself.

P. Diddy
The internet nearly exploded when last year Diddy tweeted, ‘So happy to announce that I’m a series regular on Downton Abbey – my favourite show.’ He then released a spoof video of him as the Abbey’s new owner Lord Wolcott, turning down Thomas Barrow’s advances, eating lots of ‘fancy cakes’ and asking the ladies to kiss ‘with tongues’. It was hilarious, and needs to happen in real life.

Hugh Grant
Things have never been the same since bumbling Matthew Crawley was killed off, so lets get everyone’s favourite English gent Hugh involved to fill the gap. We’re reckon he could totally do that bumbling Brit thing again.

Deborah Fraser

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