First Look at Downton Abbey Baddie Nigel Harman as Simon Cowell in London’s X Factor Musical

first_imgIf you haven’t seen the January 12 episode of Downton Abbey yet, stop reading now. Fans of the PBS drama got a shock when (spoiler alert!) a visiting butler brutally raped beloved ladies’ maid Anna Bates (Joanne Froggatt), who hid the crime from her protective husband. The assailant was played by Olivier Award winner Nigel Harman (Shrek, Guys and Dolls) who is headed to the London Palladium on February 27 as Simon Cowell in I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical. We’ve got the first photo of Harman as the infamous reality show judge, flanked by Victoria Elliot as pop queen Jordy and Alex Knight as Irish boy band manager Louis. As Cowell cheekily said when Harman’s casting was announced, “The hardest thing was: how do you find someone who’s good-looking, talented and can look like me? And then we found Nigel!”Directed by Sean Foley I Can’t Sing! is scheduled to open on March 26. View Commentslast_img