Once Upon a Time

'Downton Abbey' actress to appear on 'Once Upon a Time'

Jan. 2, 2013 at 2:20 PM ET

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"Downton Abbey" actress Lesley Nicol is appearing on "Once Upon a Time."

Make room for Mrs. Patmore in the world of fairy tales! ABC confirmed that "Downton Abbey" actress Lesley Nicol, better known as the cook on the hit British show, will be appearing on "Once Upon A Time."

Details are scarce about her appearance, but ABC told The Clicker that Nicol's character will have "a special connection to the Snow White family." There's no word yet on an air date, or whether she'll appear in more than one episode.

On Wednesday, "Once" star Josh Dallas, who plays Prince Charming/David, tweeted his enthusiasm over Nicol's involvement on the show. "As a Huge #DowntonAbbey Fan I'm very excited @lesley_nicol is coming to #OnceUponATime!" he wrote.

Nicol tweeted in reply, "I am looking forward to it!! See you all soon."

The actress may be joining the realm of magic, but she'll still be on "Downton." Nicol is reportedly due back in the U.K. in February to film season four of the period drama.

"Once Upon a Time" returns Sunday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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