Shalom Life | November 05, 2014

‘Downton Abbey’ Welcomes a Jewish Character

Atticus Aldridge is Lady Rose's new love interest

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: October 28th, 2014 in Culture » TV » News

Popular British television drama, ‘Downton Abbey’ welcomes it’s very first Jewish character.

Atticus Aldridge, played by Matt Barber, will be appearing for the first time in the fifth episode of the current fifth season. After Aldridge offers to carry Lady Rose’s basket of cakes, they quickly begin a romantic relationship.

During their initial encounter, Aldridge shares that his family name was changed to sound more British after immigrating to England from Russia.

Lady Rose assumes that Aldridge must be a Russian aristocrat, but soon realizes that her new suitor was forced out of Odessa by pogroms for being Jewish. This revelation does not phase Lady Rose, choosing to introduce her family to his.

“Such aristocratic Jews fit well with the Downtown milieu and have history on their side too. After all, the Rothschild’s (bankers like the Sinderbys) built so many country houses that a slice of Buckinghamshire became known as Rothschildshire,” the Jewish Chronicle writes.

Lady Rose has a history of choosing boyfriends that her family is unhappy with- first a married man, then an American jazz singer, and now a Jewish man.

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