The actor gives Downton Abbey fans an early Christmas present

By Phil Boucher
December 01, 2014 03:50 PM
Nick Briggs/Carnival Films/ITV

First he gained a British wife, and now George Clooney has joined the aristocracy – well, at Downton Abbey, anyway!

As these on-set pictures prove, Clooney looks every inch the 1930s gentleman, too – complete with slicked-back hair and a wide-lapeled suit.

All he needs to complete the look is a shotgun and a trusty valet to carry his luggage.

Clooney, 53, appears in a one-off sketch on the hit period drama in support of the British charity Text Santa – an annual fundraiser that raises money for U.K. charities during the festive season.

George Clooney and Hugh Bonneville on the set of Downton Abbey
Nick Briggs/Carnival Films/ITV

The full sketch airs on ITV on Dec. 19, but to get the festive ball rolling, the TV company has released these shots of Clooney on set with Hugh Bonneville, who stars as Downton’s elder statesman Lord Robert Crawley.

Clooney, who reportedly plays a wedding guest, became buddies with Bonneville when they filmed The Monuments Men together.

“He was incredibly generous with his time and his talent,” Bonneville told the Radio Times earlier this year.

“He was great – he was a good laugh and sprinkled some sort of magic dust over our experience.”

Watch a clip of Clooney’s guest appearance below.

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