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      Jim Carter

      Jim Carter

      Highest Rated: 93% Red Riding: 1980 (2009)

      Lowest Rated: 4% Modigliani (2004)

      Birthday: Aug 19, 1948

      Birthplace: Harrogate, Yorkshire, England, UK

      An enormously gifted character actor, Jim Carter had his start in fringe theater, mastering magic tricks, cabaret performance and circus training before becoming a noted performer on screen. A highly respected theatrical actor with a lengthy, illustrious career, Carter married actress Imelda Staunton in 1983 and notched memorable small turns in a slew of high-profile films, including "Top Secret!" (1984), "Haunted Honeymoon" (1986), "The Madness of King George" (1994) and "Shakespeare in Love" (1998). Playing the male actor cast as the Nurse based on the real nurse (Staunton) of Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow), Carter and his wife delivered masterpieces of comic acting. They delighted again in "Cranford" (BBC One, 2007), while on his own Carter appeared in "102 Dalmatians" (2000), "Ella Enchanted" (2004), "Alice in Wonderland" (2010) and "My Week with Marilyn" (2011). His most famous role, however, came with his hailed performance as Mr. Carson, the loyal, aging butler of "Downton Abbey" (ITV, 2010-16), whose overwhelming self-control and sense of duty hid a loving, laughing heart. An icon of British theater, TV and film, Carter built an acclaimed international profile on his prodigious gifts and one-of-a-kind spirit that informed every performance.

      Highest rated movies

      Red Riding: 1980
      Red Riding: 1983
      Shakespeare in Love
      King Lear
      A Private Function
      Downton Abbey: A New Era
      A Month in the Country
      Downton Abbey

      Photos

      Jim Carter THE ADVOCATE, Colin Firth, Jim Carter, Ian Holm, 1993, (c) Miramax DOWNTON ABBEY, JIM CARTER, 2019. PH: JAAP BUITENDIJK/© FOCUS FEATURES THE GOLDEN COMPASS, (aka HIS DARK MATERIALS: THE GOLDEN COMPASS, aka HIS DARK MATERIALS: NORTHERN LIGHTS), Dakota Blue Richards (left), Jim Carter (front, center), Clare Higgins (right), 2007. ©New Line Cinema THE GOLDEN COMPASS, (aka HIS DARK MATERIALS: THE GOLDEN COMPASS, aka HIS DARK MATERIALS: NORTHERN LIGHTS), Jim Carter, 2007. ©New Line Cinema RED RIDING: 1980, Jim Carter, 2009. ©IFC Films THE OXFORD MURDERS, Jim Carter, John Hurt, Elijah Wood, 2008. ©Think Film THE GOLDEN COMPASS, (aka HIS DARK MATERIALS: THE GOLDEN COMPASS, aka HIS DARK MATERIALS: NORTHERN LIGHTS), Jim Carter (front left), Clare Higgins (front right), 2007. ©New Line Cinema BLAME IT ON THE BELLBOY, Andreas Katsulas, Dudley Moore (seated), Alex Norton, Jim Carter, 1992. ©Hollywood Pictures BLAME IT ON THE BELLBOY, back row, l-r: Bryan Brown, Richard Griffiths, Andreas Katsulas, Alex Norton, front, l-r: Bronson Pinchot, Penelope Wilton, Alison Steadman, Dudley Moore, Jim Carter, seated: Patsy Kensit, 1992. ©Buena Vista Pictures ELLA ENCHANTED, Jim Carter, Anne Hathaway, Aidan McArdle, 2004, (c) Miramax THE GOLDEN COMPASS, (aka HIS DARK MATERIALS: THE GOLDEN COMPASS, aka HIS DARK MATERIALS: NORTHERN LIGHTS), Tom Courtenay (left), Jim Carter (center), Clare Higgins (front right), 2007. ©New Line Cinema BLAME IT ON THE BELLBOY, rear from left: Penelope Wilton, Bryan Brown, Alex Norton, Andreas Katsulas, Dudley Moore, Jim Carter, front: Alison Steadman (hot), Richard Griffiths (leaning forward), Bronson Pinchot (bellboy), 1992, © Buena Vista THE GOLDEN COMPASS, (aka HIS DARK MATERIALS: THE GOLDEN COMPASS, aka HIS DARK MATERIALS: NORTHERN LIGHTS), Jim Carter, Dakota Blue Richards, 2007. ©New Line Cinema THIEF LORD, Bob Goody, Jim Carter, Carole Boyd, 2005 RED RIDING: 1980, Jim Carter, 2009. ph: Phil Fisk/©IFC Films THE GOLDEN COMPASS, (aka HIS DARK MATERIALS: THE GOLDEN COMPASS, aka HIS DARK MATERIALS: NORTHERN LIGHTS), Jim Carter, Dakota Blue Richards, Tom Courtenay, 2007. ©New Line Cinema SWIMMING WITH MEN, FROM LEFT: CHARLOTTE RILEY, JIM CARTER, 2018. © SUNDANCE SELECTS SWIMMING WITH MEN, FROM LEFT: THOMAS TURGOOSE, DANIEL MAYS, JIM CARTER, ROBERT DAWS, RUPERT GRAVES, ADEEL AKHTAR, 2018. © SUNDANCE SELECTS

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      82% 91% Wonka Abacus Crunch (Character) $205.2M 2023
      87% 97% Downton Abbey: A New Era Charles Carson (Character) $43.3M 2022
      63% 85% The Good Liar Vincent (Character) $17.1M 2019
      84% 94% Downton Abbey Charles Carson (Character) $96.8M 2019
      54% 57% Swimming With Men Ted (Character) $19.6K 2018
      91% 61% King Lear Earl of Kent (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet King Lear Unknown (Character) - 2018
      14% 57% The Little Vampire Rookery (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Punk Strut: The Movie Skippy (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One of a Kind Narrator (Voice) - 2014
      92% 76% Red Riding: 1983 Harold Angus (Character) - 2009
      93% 74% Red Riding: 1980 Harold Angus (Character) - 2009
      47% 49% Creation Parslow (Character) $340.6K 2009
      No Score Yet 56% Burlesque Fairytales The Compere (Character) - 2009
      17% 33% The Oxford Murders Inspector (Character) $3.6K 2008
      46% 49% Cassandra's Dream Garage Boss (Character) $969.6K 2007
      42% 51% The Golden Compass John Faa (Character) $70.1M 2007
      No Score Yet 95% Recovery Mr. Lockwood (Character) - 2007
      50% 68% The Thief Lord Victor (Character) - 2006
      4% 78% Modigliani Achilles Hébuterne (Character) $195.4K 2004
      No Score Yet 8% Out of Season Michael Philipps (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 18% Casablanca Driver Unknown (Character) - 2004
      80% 68% 16 Years of Alcohol Director (Character) $7.5K 2003
      66% 68% Bright Young Things Chief Customs Officer (Character) $931.8K 2003
      No Score Yet 87% Horatio Hornblower: Duty Etheridge (Character) - 2003
      60% 79% Heartlands Geoff (Character) - 2002
      30% 32% 102 Dalmatians Detective Armstrong (Character) $66.9M 2000
      55% 55% The Little Vampire Rookery (Character) $13.6M 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trial by Fire Geoffrey Bailey (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Vigo: Passion for Life Bonaventure (Character) - 1998
      29% 30% Legionnaire Lucien Galgani (Character) - 1998
      92% 80% Shakespeare in Love Ralph Bashford (Character) $100.2M 1998
      83% 61% A Merry War Erskine (Character) $312.3K 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bright Hair Norman Devenish (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Missing Postman DS Lawrence Pitman (Character) - 1997
      80% 79% Brassed Off Harry (Character) $2.6M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harpur and Iles Tenderness Mellick (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet It Might Be You Wally 'Lottery' Whaley (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 31% The Grotesque George Lecky (Character) $4.6K 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Midnight Movie Henry Harris (Character) - 1994
      81% 76% Black Beauty John Manly (Character) $4.2M 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Open Fire Det Chief Supt Young (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Resnick: Rough Treatment Grabianski (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 59% A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia Meinertzhagen (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fool Mr. Blackthorn (Character) - 1990
      63% 57% The Rainbow Mr. Harby (Character) $22.2K 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Precious Bane Sam (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Raggedy Rawney The Soldier (Character) - 1988
      86% 71% A Month in the Country Ellerbeck (Character) - 1987
      17% 85% Rustlers' Rhapsody Blackie (Character) - 1985
      90% 63% A Private Function Inspector Noble (Character) - 1984
      76% 80% Top Secret! Déjà Vu, Resistance Member (Character) - 1984

      TV

      Credit
      87% 93% Downton Abbey Charles Carson (Character) 2010-2015 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Portrait Artist of the Year Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2019
      57% 79% Knightfall Pope Boniface VIII (Character) 2017-2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Red Riding Unknown (Character) 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Return to Cranford on Masterpiece Captain Brown (Character) 2007 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre Engine Driver (Character) 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Blue Murder Frank Evans (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet 88% Midsomer Murders Nathan Green (Character) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dinotopia Unknown (Character) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mystery! Unknown (Character) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ain't Misbehavin' Maxie Morrell (Character) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cracker Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pie in the Sky Unknown (Character) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Very British Coup MP Tom Newsome (Character) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Singing Detective Mr Marlow (Character) 1986