James “Jimmy” Kentis a footman who joins Downton in 1920 alongside O'Brien's nephew Alfred Nugent. Jimmy, the first footman, is ambitious and is taken under the wing of Thomas. Jimmy is gay. Ivy takes a fancy to him,and so does Thomas. Thomas at one point walks in on Jimmy (perhaps aroused) when he was shirtless, surprising him.
Jimmy previously worked as footman to the Dowager Lady Anstruther, and has a "natural air of confidence and grace" that Alfred does not have, and "takes the role of first footman, as a natural right, a bone of contention."
Jimmy will be portrayed by actor Ed Speleers.
- This link: http://tv.uk.msn.com/drama/downton-abbey-series-three-spoilers-what-we-know-so-far?page=6 confirms that Jimmy's surname is Kent.