Born August 19, 1948 (Leo)
The man can smile!
If Jim Carter hadn’t become an actor, he would have pursued law. Carter says he dropped out of law to study English. So making a leap to acting isn’t that far fetched. While studying English, he got an offer to join a fringe theatre group in Brighton for five quid a week. He never looked back – Jim Carter says he’s never earned a penny from doing anything but acting. Even though Carter plays the straightlaced butler Carson on Downton Abbey, he says he could never be a butler in real life, too much routine!
Jim Carter played a number of roles on Masterpiece Theatre including Midsomer Murders, The Way We Live Now, The Wind in the Willows, The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton, Cranford and Return to Cranford. Carter’s wife, Imelda Staunton, has also appeared in numerous Masterpiece productions. On the big screen, Jim Carter’s best known roles include Fox in The Madness of King George and Ralph Bashford in Shakespeare in Love. In 2011, Carter appeared with Kenneth Branagh in the 2011 feature film My Week with Marilyn.