Downton Abbey Series 4 Special - Martha Levinson (Shirley Maclaine), Harold Levinson (Paul Giamatti) and Mr Carson (jim Carter) ©2013 Carnival Films, photo by Nick Briggs

TV viewers will have to wait until next January to see Paul Giamatti’s new drama Billions but at the TV Critics tour Paul also talked about his role on Downton Abbey.

Billions – Paul Giamatti at the Showtime TCA Summer Press Tour 2015, held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA, on August 11, 2015 ©2015 Showtime, photo by Eric Charbonneau

In Billions he portrays US Attorney Chuck Rhoades, who faces off with brilliant billionaire hedge-fund king, Bobby ‘Axe’ Axelrod (Damian Lewis). More on Billions later this year.

At the TV Critics tour, where Showtime previewed the new series, I was interested in talking with Giamatti about another of his roles – that of Harold Levinson, Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham’s (Elizabeth McGovern) brother on Downton Abbey. In the Christmas special in 2013, Harold, along with his mother, Martha (Shirley MacLaine), come to London to help celebrate Lady Rose’s (Lily Rose) debutante debut.

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After the panel I caught up with Paul to ask him about his experience working on Downton Abbey. Click here to listen to his response.

Paul Giamati on his Downton Abbey role

Paul Giamatti in Downton Abbey Gallery

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Paul in Billions Gallery

Judy Sloane

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