Laura Carmichael

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Laura Carmichael
Born Laura Elizabeth Carmichael
(1986-07-16) 16 July 1986 (age 29)
Southampton, Hampshire, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 2010-present

Laura Elizabeth Carmichael (born 16 July 1986)[1] is an English actress, most widely known for her role as Lady Edith Crawley in the TV period drama series Downton Abbey.

Early life[edit]

Laura Elizabeth Carmichael was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England,[1] the daughter of Sarah, a radiographer, and Andy Carmichael, a software consultant.[2]

One of her paternal great-grandfathers was aviator Norman Blackburn.[2] Carmichael was educated at Shirley Junior School, The Mountbatten School, Peter Symonds College.[citation needed]


Since graduating from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2007, Carmichael's TV appearances include appearing on Downton Abbey as Lady Edith Crawley.[3]

She is a member of The Fitzrovia Radio Hour. Carmichael made her West End debut in Uncle Vanya opposite Anna Friel and Samuel West in October 2012.[4]


Year Film Role Notes
2010-present Downton Abbey Lady Edith Crawley TV series (43 episodes)
2011 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Sal
2014 Madame Bovary Henrietta


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