Jim Carter of Downton Abbey unveils a plaque commemorating music hall legend Ronnie Ronalde.

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Jim Carter of Downton Abbey unveils a plaque commemorating music hall legend Ronnie Ronalde.

Jim Carter, actor of Downton Abbey, went on a whistle-stop tour yesterday to unveil a blue plaque honoring 1950s music hall legend Ronnie Ronalde.

The memorial was built by English Heritage at 126 Downham Road in Islington, north London, where Ronnie was born into poverty in 1923.

He went on to become a singer, yodeller, and whistler known as a “siffleur.”

He began his career in the school choir, when he was discovered by a talent scout, who landed him a contract to appear on the BBC Children’s Hour.

He was born Ronald Waldron and went on to perform on Broadway and host his own BBC radio show, The Voice of Variety.

He died in 2015, at the age of 91, after shattering box office records all around the world.

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