Tom Ellis has said he will not be starring in 'Downton Abbey'.

It was reported that the Miranda star had been shortlisted for the role of a new love interest for Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) after auditioning for the part, but he has now clarified the stories on Twitter.

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"OK, so it's been lovely to hear all the congrats for 'Downton' but the truth is I'm not going to be in it... but thank you for your messages," he wrote.

Tom, who plays Miranda's dream man Gary Preston in the BBC sitcom, has signed up to star as Victor Frankenstein in new ABC pilot Gothica, which is billed as a "gothic soap" weaving together the mythology and stories of classic literary figures such as Frankenstein, Dracula and Dorian Gray.

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