|Born||19 August 1948
Harrogate, Yorkshire, England
|Spouse(s)||Imelda Staunton (1985-present); 1 child|
Carter was born in Harrogate. His father worked for the Air Ministry and his mother was a land girl and later a school secretary. He attended the University of Sussex, reading law, but dropped out after two years to join a fringe theatre group in Brighton.
Carter's film credits include Shakespeare in Love, Brassed Off, The Little Vampire, Ella Enchanted, Richard III, and The Madness of King George and Detective Victor Getz in the film The Thief Lord. He plays John Faa in The Golden Compass (2007), the first film in the adaptation of the His Dark Materials trilogy, and also stars in House Of 9 as The Watcher.
Television credits include The Singing Detective, Lipstick on Your Collar, Arabian Nights, The Chest, Cracker, Red Riding and the Hornblower episode "Duty". He also plays Captain Brown in the five-part BBC series Cranford (2007) and Mayor Waldo in the US miniseries Dinotopia.