James D'Arcy

James D'Arcy (born Simon Richard D'Arcy; 24 August 1975) is an English actor. He is known for his portrayals of Howard Stark's butler, Edwin Jarvis, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe television series Agent Carter and the 2019 film Avengers: Endgame, and murder suspect Lee Ashworth in the second series of the ITV series Broadchurch. D'Arcy also co-starred as Colonel Winnant in Christopher Nolan's war movie Dunkirk (2017).

James D'Arcy
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Simon Richard D'Arcy

(1975-08-24) 24 August 1975 (age 45)
Alma materLondon Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Years active1996–present

Early lifeEdit

D'Arcy was born on 24 August 1973 in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, and was raised in Fulham, London with his younger sister, Charlotte, by their mother, Caroline, a nurse. His father died when he was young. He has family in Ireland, England and Scotland, with his English relatives based around the Midlands.

After completing his education at Christ's Hospital in 1991, at age 17, D'Arcy went to Australia for a year. He worked in the drama department of Christ Church Grammar School in Perth, which gave him an interest in acting.[1] When he returned to London he applied for drama school. He did a three-year course at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), completing a BA in Acting in 1995.

During his time at LAMDA, he appeared in training productions of Heracles, As You Like It, Wild Honey, The Freedom of the City and Sherlock Holmes.


His first appearances on television were small roles on the television series Silent Witness (1996) and Dalziel and Pascoe (1996), followed by roles in television films such as Nicholas Hawthorne in Ruth Rendell's Bribery and Corruption, Lord Cheshire in The Canterville Ghost, and Jonathan Maybury in The Ice House (all 1997).

In 1997, he played Blifil in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. In 1999, he acted in the World War I drama The Trench as well as having a small role in the comedy Guest House Paradiso. From 2001 to the present, he played bigger roles and leading characters in the mini-series Rebel Heart (2001 as Ernie Coyne), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (2001, Nicholas Nickleby) and Revelation (2001, Jake Martel). In 2002, he portrayed a young Sherlock Holmes in the television film Sherlock: Case of Evil.

In 2003, he played the role of Barnaby Caspian in the film Dot the I, and the character Jim Caddon on the series P.O.W. He also gained wider recognition when he portrayed Lt. Tom Pullings in Peter Weir's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003).

He played in horror films Exorcist: The Beginning (2004, Father Francis), An American Haunting (2005, Richard Powell) and Rise: Blood Hunter (2007, Bishop). Apart from that, he appeared on television as Derek Kettering in Agatha Christie's Poirot's The Mystery of the Blue Train (2005), as Jerry Burton in Agatha Christie's Marple: The Moving Finger, as Tiberius Gracchus in the episode "Revolution" of Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire (2007), as Toby Clifford in Fallen Angel (2007) and as Tom Bertram in ITV's production of Mansfield Park (2007).

He worked for BBC radio dramas such as Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Winifred Holtby's The Crowded Street. He played the role of Duncan Atwood in Secret Diary of a Call Girl. In 2011, he played the role of King Edward VIII in W.E., the second film directed by Madonna. In 2012, he played Rufus Sixsmith (young and old) in addition to two other minor roles in the independent film Cloud Atlas, as well as Psycho star Anthony Perkins in Hitchcock.

In 2013, he played the role of Eric Zimit in After the Dark (other title: The Philosophers). In mid-2014, he played the role of Lee Ashworth in Broadchurch series 2, suspected of the murder of the two girls which almost killed Alec Hardy in the search to solve the case mentioned numerous times in Broadchurch series 1. He also appeared as the main villain in the 2014 action comedy Let's Be Cops, as a malevolent Los Angeles crime boss. He starred as a British Army Colonel Winnant in Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (2017).

Between January 2015 and March 2016, D'Arcy was a series regular in the television series Agent Carter, which shares continuity with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the series, he played Edwin Jarvis, the loyal butler of Howard Stark. He reprised his role of Edwin Jarvis in Avengers: Endgame, making D'Arcy the first and only actor to have portrayed the same character originally from an MCU TV series into an MCU film.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Silent Witness Student TV series (1 episode: "Long Days, Short Nights: Part 1")
1996 Dalziel and Pascoe Franny Roote TV series (1 episode: "An Advancement of Learning")
1996 Brookside Martin Cathcart TV series (1 episode: "Things to Sort Out")
1997 The Canterville Ghost Lord Cheshire TV film
1997 Ruth Rendell Mysteries Nicholas Hawthorne TV series (2 episodes)
1997 The Ice House Jonathan Maybury TV film
1997 Wilde Friend
1997 A Dance to the Music of Time Nicholas Jenkins TV miniseries (1 episode: "The Twenties")
1997 The History of Tom Jones: A Foundling Blifil TV miniseries (5 episodes)
1998 Norman Ormal: A Very Political Turtle Crap Actor Man 2
1998 Hiccup Barry Short
1999 Sunburn Phil TV series (1 episode: "Episode No.1.1")
1999 The Trench Private Colin Daventry Film
1999 Guest House Paradiso Timothy Barker
2001 Rebel Heart Ernie Coyne TV miniseries (4 episodes)
2001 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Nicholas Nickleby TV film
2001 Revelation Jake Martell
2001 Dark Realm Dean TV series (1 episode: "Party On")
2002 Come Together Jack TV film
2002 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Sir Gawain TV film
2002 Sherlock: Case of Evil Sherlock Holmes TV film
2003 dot the i Barnaby F. Caspian
2003 P.O.W. Jim Caddon TV series (6 episodes)
2003 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Lt. Tom Pullings
2004 Exorcist: The Beginning Father Francis
2005 An American Haunting Richard Powell
2005 Agatha Christie's Poirot Derek Kettering TV series (1 episode: "The Mystery of the Blue Train")
2006 Agatha Christie's Marple Jerry Burton TV series (1 episode: "The Moving Finger")
2006 Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire Tiberius Gracchus TV series (1 episode: "Revolution")
2006 The Battle for Rome Tiberius Gracchus TV film
2007 Them Cain Johnson TV film
2007 Green Sy TV film
2007 Fallen Angel Toby Clifford TV miniseries (1 episode: "The Judgement of Strangers")
2007 Mansfield Park Tom Bertram TV film
2007 Rise: Blood Hunter Bishop
2007 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Guy Thompson TV series (1 episode: "Know Thine Enemy")
2008 Flashbacks of a Fool Jack Adams
2008 Bonekickers Captain Roberts TV series (1 episode: "The Lines of War")
2008 The Commander Jerry TV film
2009 The Eastmens Dr. Peter Eastmen TV film
2009 Into the Storm Jock Colville TV film
2009 Virtuality Dr. Roger Fallon TV film
2009–10 Secret Diary of a Call Girl Duncan TV series (8 episodes)
2010 Natural Selection John Henry Wilson Short
2011 The Flight of the Swan Alexis
2011 Age of Heroes Ian Fleming
2011 Screwed Sam
2011 W.E. King Edward VIII
2012 In Their Skin Bobby
2012 The Domino Effect Mark
2012 Cloud Atlas Rufus Sixsmith, Nurse James, Archivist
2012 Hitchcock Anthony Perkins
2012 Overnight Tom
2012 The Making of a Lady Captain Alec Osborn
2014 Let's Be Cops Mossi Kasic
2014 After the Dark Mr. Zimit
2014 Those Who Kill Thomas Schaeffer
2015 Broadchurch Lee Ashworth
2015 Jupiter Ascending Maximilian Jones
2015–16 Agent Carter Edwin Jarvis TV series
2015 Survivor Paul Anderson
2016 Guernica Henry Centered around the bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War
2017 Dunkirk Colonel Winnant
2017 The Snowman Filip Becker
2018 Homeland Anson[3] Recurring role[4]
2018 Das Boot Sinclair TV series
2019 Avengers: Endgame Edwin Jarvis Cameo
2019 Life Like Julian
2019 The Rook Andrew Bristol TV miniseries
2019 The Hot Zone Trevor Rhodes TV miniseries
2020 Made in Italy N/A Director, post-production
TBA Six Minutes to Midnight Captain Drey Post-production



  1. ^ "Biography". www.jamesdarcy.net. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  2. ^ Baysinger, Tim (26 April 2019). "It's Finally All Connected: How 'Avengers: Endgame' Finally Acknowledged the MCU's TV Universe". TheWrap. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  3. ^ O'Connell, Michael (19 December 2017). "'Homeland' Adds James D'Arcy for Season 7". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  4. ^ Ausiello, Michael (19 December 2017). "Homeland: James D'Arcy to Play Agent From Carrie's Past in Season 7". TVLine. Retrieved 17 January 2018.

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