Christmas at Downton Abbey — With Some Very Special Guests

The Crowleys hold auditions for someone to play the Downton Abbey Santa Claus.

It’s part of ITV’s annual fundraising appeal, Text Santa.  Since the project began in 2011, it has raised more than £21 in support of 22 different charities.

Among those auditioning are Jim Broadbent, Gordon Ramsay, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Gok Wan, Brenda Blethyn, Michelle Keegan, and Warwick Davis.  Ugly Christmas sweaters abound.

Here’s last year’s Downton sketch:

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