One To Watch – Laura Carmichael

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

Downton Abbey, the multi award winning ITV drama is forming many young, talented actors. Such as Jessica Brown Findlay and Michelle Dockery. 

But, perhaps the actor who has slowly been making her mark on our screens is Laura Carmichael. Who plays Lady Edith Crawley in Downton Abbey. The youngest sister, who was horrid in the first series, caring in the second series and is now about to be off down the aisle with her new beau, Sir Anthony Strallan, who is portrayed by Robert Bathhurst. 

This is an actor who is at the beginning of what could be a long and fruitful career, on stage and on screen.

Laura Carmichael was educated at The Mountbatten School, then went on to study at Peter Symonds College. After that she began at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, to study drama and acting, she graduated in 2007.

And she hasn’t stopped working since she graduated, she has starred in the big budget film, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Colin Firth. 

She also starred alongside theatre regular, Hattie Morahan (Sense and Sensiblity) in a production of  David Hare’s play, Plenty

She as a lot going for her, she is set to make her West End debut alongside Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) in a production of Uncle Vanya.  


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