|Emma Thompson||Miss Kenton|
|James Fox||Lord Darlington|
|Michael Lonsdale||Dupont D'Ivry|
During the 1930s, James Stevens serves as a proper English butler to the doltish Lord Darlington . Stevens is so dedicated that he forgoes visiting his father on his deathbed in order to serve, and overlooks Darlington's Nazi sympathies and growing anti-Semitism. Twenty years after his employer's death, Stevens tries to reconnect with Miss Kenton, Darlington's head housekeeper, and begins to regret his loyalty to his former master.