Jim Carter

Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 08/18/1948 in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (62)

Downton Abbey 2010 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

My Week With Marilyn 2011 (Movie)

Barry (Actor)

Wish 143 2011 (Movie)

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1980: The Red Riding Trilogy Part 2 2010 (Movie)

Harold Angus (Actor)

1983: The Red Riding Trilogy Part 3 2010 (Movie)

Harold Angus (Actor)

Alice in Wonderland 2010 (Movie)

Executioner (Actor)

Creation 2010 (Movie)

Parslow (Actor)

Return to Cranford 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Oxford Murders 2010 (Movie)

Inspector Petersen (Actor)

Cassandra's Dream 2008 (Movie)

Garage Boss (Actor)

Cranford 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Golden Compass 2007 (Movie)

Lord John Faa (Actor)

The Wind in the Willows 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Bright Young Things 2004 (Movie)

Chief Customs Officer (Actor)

Ella Enchanted 2004 (Movie)

Nish (Actor)

Horatio Hornblower: Duty 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Out of Season 2003 (Movie)

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The Way We Live Now 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

102 Dalmatians 2000 (Movie)

Detective Armstrong (Actor)

Arabian Nights 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Heartlands 2000 (Movie)

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The Little Vampire 2000 (Movie)

Rookery (Actor)

Trial By Fire 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

A Merry War 1998 (Movie)

Erskine (Actor)

Legionnaire 1998 (Movie)

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Shakespeare in Love 1998 (Movie)

Ralph Bashford (Actor)

Tube Tales 1998 (Movie)

("Steal Away") (Actor)

Vigo - Passion for Life 1998 (Movie)

Bonaventure (Actor)

Brassed Off 1997 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Grotesque 1997 (Movie)

George Lecky (Actor)

Julius Caesar 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard III 1995 (Movie)

Lord Hastings (Actor)

Black Beauty 1994 (Movie)

John Manly (Actor)

The Advocate 1994 (Movie)

Mathieu (Actor)

The Madness of King George 1994 (Movie)

Fox (Actor)

Midnight Movie 1993 (Movie)

Henry Harris (Actor)

Blame It on the Bellboy 1992 (Movie)

Rossi (Actor)

The Fool 1991 (Movie)

Mr Blackthorn (Actor)

The Witches 1990 (Movie)

Head Chef (Actor)

Erik the Viking 1989 (Movie)

Jennifer the Viking--Another Rapist (Actor)

Graham Greene's "The Tenth Man" 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Soursweet 1989 (Movie)

Mr Constantinides (Actor)

The Rainbow 1989 (Movie)

Mr Harby (Actor)

A Month in the Country 1988 (Movie)

Ellerback (Actor)

Duck 1988 (Movie)

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The American Way 1987 (Movie)

Castro (Actor)

Haunted Honeymoon 1986 (Movie)

Montego (Actor)

Rustler's Rhapsody 1985 (Movie)

Blackie (Actor)

Runaway 1984 (Movie)

2nd Farm Voice (Actor)

Top Secret! 1984 (Movie)

Deja Vu (Actor)

A Private Function 1983 (Movie)

Inspector Howard Noble (Actor)

A Very British Coup (TV Show)

Actor

Christabel (TV Show)

Actor

December Flower (TV Show)

Actor

Dinotopia (TV Show)

Actor

Pompeii: The Last Day (TV Show)

Actor

Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton (TV Show)

Actor

Stalin (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trap (TV Show)

Actor

Trial by Fire (Movie)

Geoffrey Bailey (Actor)

Biography

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 "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- ), 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.

Relationships

Imelda Staunton Actor

Wife
Met while co-starring in 1982 production of "Guys and Dolls" at the National Theatre Married October 1983

Milestones

2011

Played supporting role in "My Week with Marilyn," Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, and Kenneth Branagh

2010

Cast as Mr. Charles Carson, the butler for "Downton Abbey" (ITV, PBS)

2010

Voiced the character of the Executioner in Tim Burton’s "Alice in Wonderland"

2007

Landed minor role in the Woody Allen drama "Cassandra’s Dream"

2007

Joined cast of BBC adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s classic novel "Cranford" alongside wife Staunton

2004

Acted in the story book comedy "Ella Enchanted"

2000

Cast as a detective in the Disney live-action sequel "102 Dalmatians"

1998

Played Ralph Bashford, a frequently drunk actor cast by The Bard as the Nurse in "Romeo and Juliet" in the award-winning "Shakespeare in Love"

1990

Appeared in fantasy film "The Witches," starring Anjelica Huston

1986

Cast as the musically gifted, sweet-natured father of Philip Marlow (Michael Gambon) in the highly acclaimed BBC miniseries "The Singing Detective"

1986

Appeared in the Gilda Radner-Gene Wilder comedy "Haunted Honeymoon"

1982

Acted in a production of "Guys and Dolls" at the National Theatre; met and fell in love with his co-star Imelda Staunton

Joined fringe theater group the Brighton Combination, which later became the London-based Albany in Deptford

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