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Downton Abbey's North Yorkshire stars nominated for Emmys

Joanne Frogatt from Littlebeck, near Whitby and Jim Carter from Harrogate have both been nominated for awards at this years Emmys.

Joanne Frogatt won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Supporting Role earlier this year Credit: Press Association

Frogatt won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Supporting Role earlier this year and has now been nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama.

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Meanwhile Carter has received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year.

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Duchess goes behind the scenes of Downton Abbey

The Duchess of Cambridge has met up with cast members of Downton Abbey, including actors from our region who star in the ITV period drama on a behind-the-scenes tour.

The Duchess, apparently a huge fan of the show, visited the Ealing Studios set to celebrate the success of the production, which is now broadcast worldwide in 250 territories. The scheduled hour-long visit stretched to two hours as she toured various parts of the studio to meet the cast and crew.

Among those who described his role was Harrogate actor Jim Carter, who plays the butler Carson.


Joanne Froggatt looks for 'evil' roles

Joanne Froggatt, who plays kind-hearted maid Anna Bates in Downton Abbey, wants to get her teeth in to an evil character.

The actress, who is from Whitby, told the Mail on Sunday Event magazine: "I'd like to work on a big-budget US film, ideally playing the total opposite of Anna Bates, someone really evil. It would be nice to do lots of different roles and swap between TV, film and theatre like Judi Dench and Helen Mirren do. That's the perfect mix."

She and her husband James Cannon are set to spend six months living in Los Angeles after she finishes filming the next series of Downton Abbey.

Downton's Tom Branson runs after 'real love of his life'

Millions of people tuned into watch last night as Downton's Abbey Tom Branson caused Lord Grantham much consternation with his affections for the local school teacher, but hours before the episode aired, the actor who played him was running around Sheffield with the real love of his life.

Allen Leech joined partner, sports presenter Charlie Webster, for this year's Great Yorkshire Run.

Thousands took to the steel city's streets for the 10 kilometre race, which was bigger and better than ever before. Here's Victoria Whittam reports.

Tea break at Headingley for Downton's butler

One man who was taking in the cricket down at Headingley today was Jim Carter, better known of course as Mr Carson from Downton Abbey.

As the butler, he is used to serving afternoon tea for Lord and Lady Grantham but today was a role reversal - as the actor hosted his very own tea party during Yorkshire's game against Somerset.

Kate Walby went along:

Afternoon tea with Mr Carson

Jim Carter speaks to Kate Walby Credit: ITV News Calendar

He may play a butler on the small screen, but now Jim Carter - also known as Downton Abbey's Mr Carson - has been hosting his own tea party.

The event at Headingley cricket ground was in aid of Martin House Children's Hospice.

Despite afternoon tea being on the menu it turns out Jim is not a fan of tea.

He gave a few hints about the new series of Downton, which started last Sunday evening. He said that Carson is a slow mover when it comes to romance but he will be taking it at snails pace with Mrs Hughes and viewers can expect a cameo appearance by George Clooney at Christmas.

Jim Carter says he hates tea Credit: ITV News Calendar


Downton's butler encourages young thespians to follow their dreams

Harrogate born actor who is adored by millions as Downton Abbey's firm but fair butler Carson has taken time off from filming to encourage budding young thespians to follow their dreams.

The new drama studio at Ashville college, has been named after the former pupil, who returned to open the venue and talk to the students. Victoria Whittam reports.

An audience with "Carson"

He may be better known as the Downton Abbey butler "Carson" - but once upon a time, Jim Carter was head prefect at Ashville College in Harrogate.

And the old boy returned to his school to officially open its auditorium, which has just undergone a £2.25 million facelift - and to be honoured by having the school's drama studio named after him.

Audience with Jim Carter Credit: Calendar news
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