Downton Abbey's Jim Carter talks daughter's success after Bridgerton role

Bessie Carter played Prudence Featherington in the Netflix show

Francesca Shillcock

Downton Abbey star Jim Carter has opened up about how proud he and wife Imelda Staunton are of their daughter, Bessie, after her role in Netflix hit series, Bridgerton.

The actor, who plays Mr. Carson in Downton, appeared on an episode of Lorraine back in March when he discussed the success of the show and their daughter following in their thespian footsteps.

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"We're delighted, it's been a huge success," he told Lorraine Kelly. "Bessie has had a wonderful time doing it. I'm thrilled on her behalf. They're starting out a second series soon."

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WATCH: Jim Carter announces huge Downton sequel news

Bessie played the role of Prudence Featherington in the Netflix show, which also starred overnight superstars Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor.

Prudence is one of the sisters in the Featherington family who are on the lookout for a suitable husband. Meanwhile, Derry Girls star, Nicola Coughlan played her sister, Penelope.

Meanwhile, Jim has also recently opened up about other hit period drama, Downton Abbey, after plans for the production of the second film made headlines.

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Bessie Carter (middle) as Prudence Featherington in Bridgerton

Chatting to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, the actor discussed plans to start filming this year. "We're hopeful that we'll start filming soon," he told the presenters. And now, the show has confirmed that the production wheels are back in motion!

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As for what fans can expect from the sequel, Jim remained tight-lipped on details but did let it slip that his wife Imelda is set to reprise her role of Maud Bagshaw, a cousin of the Crawley family.

During another stint on This Morning in 2020, Jim also hinted about what fans can expect from the sequel's script: "The script for a second film is there, we've seen it, it's very funny, and it's got all the same characters in it, all the regular characters."

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