Jim Carter is an English film, television and stage actor. His film credits include The Madness of King George, Brassed Off, Shakespeare in Love and The Golden Compass, and in theatre The President of an Empty Room and the Oresteia (both with the Royal National Theatre) and The Wizard of Oz (for the RSC at the Barbican). Carter has also worked extensively in TV, starring in The Way We Live Now, Hornblower, Midsomer Murders and Cranford. His best known recent role is Mr Carson in Downton Abbey, a performance that has earned him four nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2012-2015). He lives in London with his wife Imelda Staunton.