First Look: George Clooney guest stars in Downton Abbey (VIDEO)

George Clooney is appearing in a special Downton Abbey sketch filmed in aid of ITV’s Text Santa charity appeal.

It’s not entirely clear what role the Hollywood heart-throb will play, but here he appears with Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) and the sketch revolves around Lord Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville) facing financial ruin once again.

He’s beginning to wonder if his family may be better off without him, but divine intervention in the form of a very special heavenly body gives him a view of what life would really be like without his guiding spirit…

Watch a snippet of George Clooney’s appearance in Downton Abbey: