Jim Carter is a British actor and a member of the "Madhouse Company Of London", a comedy troupe that became famous in Boston in the 1970s.
He is a veteran actor with notable roles in movies like Top Secret!, Black Beauty, The Madness Of King George, Richard III, Brassed Off, Legionnaire, The Little Vampire, 102 Dalmatians, Modigliani, Cassandra's Dream, The Golden Compass, Creation & Alice In Wonderland.
His television credits include roles in Fox, The Bill, Widows 2, Lost Empires, The Singing Detective, A Very British Coup, Zorro, Minder, Cracker, Ain't Misbehavin', Murder Most Horrid, The Way We Live Now, Dinotopia, Silent Witness & Cranford.
He currently plays Mr. Carson, the butler in the British television period drama series Downton Abbey opposite Hugh Bonneville & Maggie Smith.
He is married to British actress Imelda Staunton.