Veteran actress Shirley Maclaine has booked a multi-episode arc on Glee.

The Oscar winner will portray a New York socialite, who becomes a mentor and benefactor for Darren Criss' character, Blaine, in a series of upcoming episodes, according to E! News.

MAClaine, who also has a recurring role on Downton Abbey, joins the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, Kate Hudson, Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sarah Jessica Parker, who have all served as guest stars on the programme.

MAClaine is set to make her Glee debut later this month (Apr14).