Downton Abbey drives demand for butlers
Jim Carter as Mr Carson in TV period drama Downton Abbey.
A spike in demand for household butlers in Britain has been attributed to popular period television drama Downton Abbey.
Recruitment agencies have seen a sharp rise in requests for domestic staff from rich families trying to live like on-screen characters Lord and Lady Grantham, British newspaper The Daily Telegraph reports.
"There is a trend for the super-rich to want a piece of the lifestyle they see in movies and on programs like Downton Abbey," says Sara Vestin Rahmani, a spokeswoman for London training agency Bespoke Bureau.
"We train butlers and place them with clients, and we have never seen demand like we have seen this year."
The agency has this year found jobs for 430 butlers, which is already double the number placed last year and more than four times the number in 2010.
Requests for British-trained butlers come from as far away as China, Vestin Rahmani says.
However, the services of highly-trained domestic staff do not come cheap, with experienced individuals earning up to £150,000 ($A230,720).