Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter to release album of musical war poetry

The period drama star and his wife Imelda Staunton have teamed up with folk band Show of Hands to release an album for the centenary of the First World War

There’s more to Jim Carter than Downton Abbey’s resident rule-maker and stickler for propriety Mr Carson. 


65-year-old Carter is branching off from period drama and releasing a musical album of war poetry alongside his wife, actress Imelda Staunton. 

The pair have teamed up with folk band Show Of Hands to record the collection, which will be released later this year to mark the centenary of the First World War. 

The album, titled Centenary: Words & Music of the Great War, will feature Carter and Staunton reading poetry from the likes of Wilfred Owen and Seigfried Sassoon to new arrangements of music from the era. There will also be a number of new songs from Show of Hands. 

Listen to this preview of the album: 

Centenary: Words & Music of The Great War will be released on 30 June