|Born||Laura Elizabeth Carmichael
16 July 1986
Southampton, Hampshire, UK
|Notable work||Downton Abbey as Lady Edith Crawley (2010–2015)
Madame Bovary as Henrietta (2014)
Laura Elizabeth Carmichael (born 16 July 1986) is an English actress, most widely known for her role as Lady Edith Crawley in the TV period drama series Downton Abbey. In 2016, Carmichael starred in a play production, The Maids, alongside Uzo Aduba and Zawe Ashton.
Laura Elizabeth Carmichael was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England, the daughter of Sarah, a radiographer, and Andy Carmichael, a software consultant. She has two sisters: Amy, who works for a software start-up company, and Olivia, a charity fundraiser with the NHS.
One of her paternal great-grandfathers was aviator Norman Blackburn. Carmichael was educated at Shirley Junior School, The Mountbatten School, and Peter Symonds College. She trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2007.
Film and television
Other television roles include parts in The Heart of Thomas Hardy, and End of Our Street.
Carmichael plays Seph in the comedy film Burn, Burn, Burn, which was released in October 2015.
She played Arabella in The Fitzrovia Radio Hour at The Underglobe Theatre in early 2013.
Carmichael has also appeared in Plenty at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre, and played Laura in Reasons for Living as part of the Scratch Festival at Battersea Arts Centre. In late 2009 she played Miranda in a touring production of Shakespeare's The Tempest.
Prior to landing the role of Lady Edith in early 2010, Carmichael had worked as a secretary in a doctor's surgery.
|2009||House at the End of Our Street||Yvonne|
|2010||The Heart of Thomas Hardy||Hardy's maid|
|2010–2015||Downton Abbey||Lady Edith Crawley||TV series 52 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2012, 2014, 2015)
|2011||Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy||Sal|
|2015||Burn, Burn, Burn||Seph|
|2016||A United Kingdom||Muriel Williams|
|2009||Reasons for Living||Laura||BAC|
|2009||The Tempest||Miranda/Ariel||UK tour|
|2011||Plenty||Louise/Dorcas||Sheffield Crucible Theatre|
|2012||Uncle Vanya||Sonya||Vaudeville Theatre|
|2013||The Fitzrovia Radio Hour||Arabella||Underglobe Theatre|
|2016||The Maids||Madam||Trafalgar Studios|
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