British actor Jim Carter, who portrayed the staunch but secretly warm-hearted butler on the hit PBS series for all six seasons, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to drama at an investiture ceremony at Queen Elizabeth’s humble abode late last week.
Prince Charles gave Carter his OBE lapel pin during the investiture ceremony and the two shared a chummy laugh together. Whether they were bonding over their love of ironed shoelaces or Downton Abbey is anyone’s guess.
Carter was accompanied by his wife, Imelda Staunton, who played Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It just so happens that Staunton was appointed a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2016 and is set to appear in the Downton Abbey film, so now the couple has even more in common.