Ed Speleers, born April 7, 1988, in Chichester, West Sussex, England, is an English actor, best known for playing the title role in the 2006 film “Eragon,” as well as starring in Golden Globe and Emmy-award winning TV show “Downton Abbey.”

Speleers starting his acting career at 10 years old, appearing in school productions such as “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Peter Pan.”

In 2006, Speleers left Eastbourne College after landing the title role of the 20th Century Fox screen version of “Eragon.”

In 2012, Speleers was part of the comedy horror film “Love Bite,” in the lead role of Jamie. He was also cast in the film “A Dead Man in Deptford,” based on the novel of the same name by Anthony Burgess.

Also in 2012, Speleers joined the cast of the Golden Globe award winning series “Downton Abbey,” where he played the role of footman Jimmy Kent, the love interest of gay servan Thomas, played by Rob James-Collier.