Laura Carmichael

(Laura Elizabeth Carmichael)

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  • Born: July 16, 1986
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Actress

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Laura Elizabeth Carmichael is an English actress, most widely known for her performance as Lady Edith Crawley in the ITV (UK) and PBS (US) television period drama series Downton Abbey. Her other work includes television series Marcella (2016), and the feature film A United Kingdom (2016).

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As actors, you play people who are not yourselves!
I certainly never saw myself as posh.
I cry at films and TV and even adverts.
I did all sorts of jobs after drama school - working in a bar, as a teaching assistant. I probably learned as much from them as I did at drama school.
I don't really get recognised very much.
I grew up listening in awe to stories of their wartime adventures. My granny, Joan, was a journalist and wrote amazing letters to my grandpa when he was a prisoner of war, while my nana, Mary, was a Land Girl, then a Wren. They were so independent, resilient and glamorous. War & Peace
I have such a huge girl crush on Beyonce.
I have two sisters, and we are the best of friends.
I think as an actor you're used to having to travel, so wherever the work, is you're willing to go. Travel ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I think it must be so hard to start your career with everyone going on about how gorgeous you are. To be in that bracket must be so pressurised.
I'd love to work in the States; I'd love to work anywhere where you get a good script and a good part to play. But I do love British film as well. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
If I'm tweeting about being somewhere, and I haven't replied to somebody's email from three days ago, that's quite rude.
I'm from Southampton.
I'm not recognised much at all.
I'm rubbish at Twitter.
In a way, it's good not to be recognised as much off screen.
In the U.K., there is a sort of obsession with class.
It's beneficial to play against your type; to be chameleon-like.
I've been really lucky because I've managed to become wonderful friends with a handful of very talented British designers. Christopher Kane has become one of my very good friends - also Erdem. Jonathan Saunders is another brilliant talent who's very kind. We all hang out.
I've not sat with my agent going: 'Where is the next hopeless girl I can play?' They just come along.
My history teacher was utterly terrifying, but her lessons were very inspiring. She got me interested in people and stories, which then led me to acting. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;History
No one goes through life thinking that they're the best friend of the lead character. Life
Playing a plainer role means everything is dependent on the credentials of the actor, not the fact that they are as pretty as Julia Roberts. People start to look at their talent rather than their appearance. And playing the ugly part often means less time in the make-up chair, which is a great benefit on set. Time
Sometimes we do things that are really awful.
The Twenties have this sort of attitude where you never know what's around the corner.
There is no way I'd have wanted to live in the Twenties. It was really crap for women. Women
There's something about wearing clothes that your great-grandmother might have thought were nice that makes you look older.
We all have hierarchies at work - even on set, the runner would never walk up to the director and ask for a cup of coffee. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When I emerge from filming I feel slightly out of synch with real life, but it's also a relief. Life
When I'm in a tricky situation I often think: 'What would Beyonce do?' It helps.
You have to have sympathy for and an empathy with a character in order to play them. Sympathy