Character: James (Jimmy) Kent
(played by Ed Speelers)
Comes to Downton as second footman in 1920. Experienced and skilled (previously footman to Lady Anstruther), he resents playing second fiddle and is determined to become first footman. He is pursued by Thomas although he shows no signs of homosexuality, but does not completely reject him due to O'Brien's urging (she hopes to catch Thomas out). Eventually promoted to first footman by Lord Grantham as a reward for not reporting Thomas to the police.