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'Once Upon' scoop: 'Downton Abbey' actress cooks up mystery role

LESLEY NICOL

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Downton Abbey’s cook is dropping into fairy tale land.

Lesley Nicol has signed onto ABC’s Once Upon a Time for a mysterious upcoming role. “As a Huge #DowntonAbbey Fan I’m very excited @lesley_nicol is coming to #OnceUponATime!” tweeted Josh Dallas, who plays Prince Charming on the show (to which Lost showrunner Damon Lindelof replied, “It is unfair that England gets to see DOWNTON ABBEY before us because we beat them in a war”).

No details yet on Nicol’s character other than she’ll have a “special connection” to the Snow White family. Hmm.

Nicol, who plays Mrs. Patmore on the British hit, is expected to return to Downton for season four (but not, as you might have heard, Dan Stevens). And in case you missed it, here’s another Once Upon casting, this time involving a Walking Dead actor, that broke over the holiday.

Originally posted January 2 2013 — 5:23 PM EST

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