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Also Known As: Died:
Born: August 19, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Harrogate, Yorkshire, England, GB Profession: actor

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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...

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.

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 Creation (2009)
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 Ella Enchanted (2004)
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 Bright Young Things (2003) Chief Customs Officer
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 102 Dalmatians (2000) Detective Armstrong
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Joined fringe theater group the Brighton Combination, which later became the London-based Albany in Deptford
1982:
Acted in a production of "Guys and Dolls" at the National Theatre; met and fell in love with his co-star Imelda Staunton
1986:
Appeared in the Gilda Radner-Gene Wilder comedy "Haunted Honeymoon"
1986:
Cast as the musically gifted, sweet-natured father of Philip Marlow (Michael Gambon) in the highly acclaimed BBC miniseries "The Singing Detective"
1990:
Appeared in fantasy film "The Witches," starring Anjelica Huston
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"
2000:
Cast as a detective in the Disney live-action sequel "102 Dalmatians"
2004:
Acted in the story book comedy "Ella Enchanted"
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
2010:
Voiced the character of the Executioner in Tim Burton¿s "Alice in Wonderland"
2010:
Cast as Mr. Charles Carson, the butler for "Downton Abbey" (ITV, PBS)
2011:
Played supporting role in "My Week with Marilyn," Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, and Kenneth Branagh
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wife:
Imelda Staunton. Actor.

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