Jim Carter - Jim Carter Teaches Downton Crew Circus Skills
British star Jim Carter keeps the crew working on Downton Abbey entertained between filming by teaching them circus tricks.
The 63 year old was a tightrope worker in his youth but gave up his trade to become an actor - although he does showcase his unusual talents while working on the hit period drama.
He tells Britain's Daily Express, "I went to a circus school in New York in the Seventies and I was a tightrope walker in my 20s but you might not think it to look at me now. I was a pretty good juggler and could ride a unicycle and I did a magic act.
"I stepped back from all that when it started getting in the way of acting. I taught the runners on Downton Abbey to juggle and I have been known to do card tricks but my magic act was the worst in the world.
"I still occasionally do some magic, card tricks and juggling but I'm a bit heavy for the tightrope. I don't think that I would want to venture on to the tightrope again. It would have to be a b**ody big one if I did."