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Just when we thought Downton Abbey couldn’t get any better, George Clooney has joined the cast.

The heartthrob actor, 53, made a cameo in the period drama as part of a special sketch for the Text Santa charity appeal in 2014.

George Clooney and the Downton Abbey cast ITV Text Santa

George starred as handsome visitor Lord Hollywood and he certainly made a big impression on the Crawley family.

George Clooney and the Downton Abbey cast ITV Text Santa

In one of the shots from the episode, George is seen cuddling up for a group selfie with several residents of the house, including Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) and butler Mr Carson (Jim Carter).

George Clooney and the Downton Abbey cast ITV Text Santa

The cast were clearly thrilled to have George on board. Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith, explains more.

‘It’s amazing and we didn’t even know if it would actually happen until he turned up!’ the actress recently revealed.

‘We were filming away and then heard “he’s here, he’s here, he’s arrived”.

‘But he was wonderful and so brilliant.’

Laura’s also hinted that George tries to charm Dame Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess, resulting in a very funny scene.

‘There is a very brilliant moment with Maggie 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,’ Laura confessed during an appearance on This Morning.

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

Let’s hope that George Clooney might become a permanent member of the Downton Abbey cast!

George Clooney and the Downton Abbey cast ITV Text Santa

The A-list actor isn’t the only celebrity guest to appear in the skit. Other famous visitors to the house include Joanna Lumley and Mr Selfridge, aka Jeremy Piven.

Jeremy Piven, Joanna Lumley and Hugh Bonneville on Downton Abbey ITV Text Santa