Downton Abbey star Jim Carter will speak at this year’s AWTE Christmas lunch in central London.

Capacity for the event, which will raise money for Richard House Children’s Hospice, is 50% sold, according to organiser Michelle Laverick.

Carter, who played family butler Carson in the ITV series, will take to the stage at the event on December 3 at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms.

“Ticket sales are going really well,” Laverick said. “What we are finding this year is companies are booking full tables, rather than individual spots.

“It will be a star-studded event and definitely the most memorable event of the year.”

Laverick said she was “thrilled” that Attraction World would once again be sponsoring the event.

“Attraction World has always been a strong supporter of AWTE,” she added. “They have been a lot of change, so the fact they have continued with their support is excellent.”

To buy tickets, visit: www.awte.org.uk/product/legendary-christmas-lunch-2018