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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:

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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.

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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

Downtown star returns to old school

Jim Carter Credit: ITV

Downton Abbey star Jim Carter - who plays Carson the Butler in the hit ITV drama - is guest of honour this afternoon at the opening of his old school's new drama studio.

Jim, who was head prefect at Harrogate's Ashville College, will officially open the new £2.25m drama studio which is named after him. Afterwards he will take to the stage for " An Afternoon with Jim Carter".

Downton gowns go on display

Dresses from Downton on display in Harrogate

Dresses worn by the ladies of Downton are coming to Yorkshire this weekend. An exhibition of some of the costumes worn in the first series are to go on display at Harrogate's Royal Pump Rooms.

A special exhibition of the Age of Elegance includes evening and day dresses worn by the well-heeled ladies of the multi-award winning costume drama series.

Visitors can discover the glamorous side of the post-Edwardian period through the costumes which are similar to those which would have been worn by affluent visitors to the Royal Pump Room in the years before the First World War as they took the famous waters.

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Gowns from the Age of Elegance
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