'Downton Abbey' Features George Clooney for Charity Special, Watch Teaser Clip of His Performance Here (VIDEO)

7:06 PM EST 12/3/2014 by Tam Woods, Celebeat Reporter

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"Downtown Abbey" has brought along George Clooney for a role in their special for "Text Santa". Britain's ITV network released a short teaser clip with Clooney, you can check it out above. 

Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith Crawley, shared about working with George earlier this year with the Daily Mirror: 'He's completely gorgeous but also an incredible talent. His career is incredible. He's a very kind and brilliant man.'

George will be planting a kiss on the Dowager Countess, played by Dame Maggie Smith, during his appearance, which she enjoys very much. Laura said: 'George plants a kiss and Maggie ends up on the floor, it's wonderful. He was hilarious.' 

Jim Carter, who plays butler Mr. Carson, said of his meeting with the star: 'He asked me for a few tips actually and I said, "George, George, George, just try and spruce yourself up because you're a sadly plain creature." He was thankful for my advice.'

The 24-hour Text Santa campaign, held to benefit an array of charities, kicked off on Monday.

The U.S. premiere of "Downton Abbey" Season 5 will air on Sunday night, January 4th, on Masterpiece on PBS. So all fans of the show can mark their calendars for it. The ironic thing is that the U.K. premiere will happen several months before the U.S. premiere, yet they do not a premiere date set yet. 

"Downton Abbey" is a British drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. It first aired in the United Kingdom and Ireland in September 2010 and was picked up on PBS in the United States in January 2011 as part of the Masterpiece Classic anthology. The series won a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie. 

The series, set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era-with the great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy. Such events depicted throughout the series include news of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in the first series; the outbreak of the First World War, the Spanish influenza pandemic, and the Marconi scandal in the second series; the interwar period and the formation of the Irish Free State in the third series; and the Teapot Dome scandal in the fourth series.

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