Characters: Charles Carson
(played by Jim Carter)
Charles Carson is the butler of Downton Abbey. He has particularly close relationships with the Dowager Countess and Lady Mary, to whom he acts as a father figure. He has a strong sense of service and of right and wrong and often defends his staff and others against those who try to undermine them. He is influential in making Mary see that Matthew is her true love. He suffers from heart problems and catches Spanish influenza, but at the end of the series to date is still Downton’s butler.