Although her character Lady Edith is known for being the “plain Crawley sister,” once that dowdy period costume comes off, actress Laura Carmichael is anything but! A 2007 graduate from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Laura has also starred in feature films including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
According to IMDB, the actress was actually packing her bags to tour in Dubai for a production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night when asked to read for Downton. We’re sure glad she did. The Abbey wouldn’t be the same without her character’s overeagerness and failed romances!
Birthplace: Southampton, United Kingdom
Marital status: Single