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 season 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 46)
Alma materLondon Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Years active1996–present

Early lifeEdit

D'Arcy was born on 24 August 1975 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). In 2018 he appeared in Homeland Showtime series. 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
1997 Wilde Friend
1998 Norman Ormal: A Very Political Turtle Crap Actor Man 2
Hiccup Barry Short
1999 The Trench Private Colin Daventry
Guest House Paradiso Timothy Barker
2001 Revelation Jake Martell
2003 dot the i Barnaby F. Caspian
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Lt. Tom Pullings
2004 Exorcist: The Beginning Father Francis
2005 An American Haunting Richard Powell
2007 Rise: Blood Hunter Bishop
2008 Flashbacks of a Fool Jack Adams
2010 Natural Selection John Henry Wilson Short
2011 The Flight of the Swan Alexis
Age of Heroes Ian Fleming
Screwed Sam
W.E. King Edward VIII
2012 In Their Skin Bobby
The Domino Effect Mark
Cloud Atlas Rufus Sixsmith, Nurse James, Archivist
Hitchcock Anthony Perkins
Overnight Tom
2013 After the Dark Mr. Zimit
Dreams Never End The Wolf Short film
2014 Let's Be Cops Mossi Kasic
Instruments of Darkness Banquo
2015 Jupiter Ascending Maximilian Jones
Survivor Paul Anderson
2016 Guernica Henry Hillard, author/journalist Centered around the bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War
2017 Dunkirk Colonel Winnant
The Snowman Filip Becker
2019 Avengers: Endgame Edwin Jarvis Cameo
Life Like Julian
2020 Made in Italy N/A Director, post-production
LX2048 Adam Bird
2020 Six Minutes to Midnight Captain Drey


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Silent Witness Student Episode: "Long Days, Short Nights: Part 1"
Dalziel and Pascoe Franny Roote Episode: "An Advancement of Learning"
Brookside Martin Cathcart Episode: "Things to Sort Out"
1997 The Canterville Ghost Lord Cheshire TV film
Ruth Rendell Mysteries Nicholas Hawthorne 2 episodes
The Ice House Jonathan Maybury TV film
A Dance to the Music of Time Nicholas Jenkins Miniseries; episode: "The Twenties"
The History of Tom Jones: A Foundling Blifil Miniseries; 5 episodes
1999 Sunburn Phil 1 episode
2001 Rebel Heart Ernie Coyne Miniseries; 4 episodes
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Nicholas Nickleby TV film
Dark Realm Dean Episode: "Party On"
2002 Come Together Jack TV film
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Sir Gawain
Sherlock: Case of Evil Sherlock Holmes
2003 P.O.W. Jim Caddon 6 episodes
2005 Agatha Christie's Poirot Derek Kettering Episode: "The Mystery of the Blue Train"
2006 Agatha Christie's Marple Jerry Burton Episode: "The Moving Finger"
Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire Tiberius Gracchus Episode: "Revolution"
The Battle for Rome Tiberius Gracchus TV film
2007 Them Cain Johnson
Green Sy
Fallen Angel Toby Clifford Miniseries; episode: "The Judgement of Strangers"
Mansfield Park Tom Bertram TV film
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Guy Thompson Episode: "Know Thine Enemy"
2008 Bonekickers Captain Roberts Episode: "The Lines of War"
The Commander Jerry TV film
2009 The Eastmens Dr. Peter Eastmen
Into the Storm Jock Colville
2009 Virtuality Dr. Roger Fallon
2009–10 Secret Diary of a Call Girl Duncan 8 episodes
2012 The Making of a Lady Captain Alec Osborn TV film
2014 Those Who Kill Thomas Schaeffer Main role
2015 Broadchurch Lee Ashworth Series 2
2015–16 Agent Carter Edwin Jarvis Main role
2018 Homeland Anson[3] Recurring role[4]
Das Boot Sinclair
2019 The Rook Andrew Bristol Miniseries
The Hot Zone Trevor Rhodes
2021 Leonardo Ludovico Sforza Main role
TBA Red Election Adam Cornwell Upcoming



  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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