Laura Carmichael Biography
Laura Carmichael is an English actress, well known for her performance as Lady Edith Crawley in the television period drama series Downton Abbey.
Carmichael other work credits include television series Marcella (2016), and the feature film A United Kingdom (2016).
Laura Carmichael Age
Carmichael was born on 16 July 1986 in Southampton, Hampshire, England. She is 33 years old as of 2019.
Laura Carmichael Early life and Family
Carmichael was born in Southampton, England. She is the second born in a family of three daughters. She has a sister named Amy who works for a software start-up company. Her other sister Olivia, is a charity fundraiser with the NHS.
Carmichael went to Shirley Junior School, The Mountbatten School, and Peter Symonds College. She also attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, where she graduated in 2007.
She later spent two years in various odd jobs, including a teaching assistant, receptionist, and nanny while going to tiny auditions in fringe theatres.
Laura Carmichael Boyfriend
Carmichael has been in a relationship with fellow Downton Abbey costar, Michael C. Fox, since 2018.
Laura Carmichael Acting Career
Carmichael played Lady Edith Crawley in Downton Abbey from 2010 to 2015. The role brought her worldwide recognition.
Talking about her gaining the role of Lady Edith, Carmichael says, “I don’t know how it happened with Downton; it really was a miracle. I think it was because I had a good drama school on my CV and they had struggled to find someone for Edith because she had to be quite different from the two other girls [Lady Mary and Lady Sybil]”.
Lady Edith is the middle child and second daughter of Lord and Lady Grantham. In the first series of Downton Abbey, she is often the “forgotten” one as she is not considered as pretty and smooth-talking as her older sister, Mary. She is also not as daring and passionate as her younger sister, Sybil.
Edith’s bitter rivalry with Mary is further fuelled by the fact that Edith genuinely loved the dead heir, Patrick. However, no one took her feelings seriously and instead Mary, who had no feelings for Patrick, was engaged to him.
Laura Carmichael Movies and Theater work
- House at the End of Our Street
- The Heart of Thomas Hardy
- Downton Abbey
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
- Madame Bovary
- Burn Burn Burn
- A United Kingdom
- Man in an Orange Shirt
- The Spanish Princess
- Reasons for Living
- The Tempest
- Uncle Vanya
- The Fitzrovia Radio Hour
- The Maids