Laura Carmichael

Laura Elizabeth Carmichael 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.

Date of birth

She was born on July 16, 1986.


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.

Love life

She began dating Downton Abbey co-star Michael Fox in 2012.

Net worth

Not yet established.


Film & Television

Between 2010 and 2015 Carmichael played Lady Edith Crawley in Downton Abbey, a part which brought her worldwide recognition.

Other television roles include parts in The Heart of Thomas Hardy, and End of Our Street.

In 2011 she appeared in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and she played Henriette in the 2014 film of Madame Bovary.

Carmichael plays Seph in the comedy film Burn, Burn, Burn, which was released in October 2015.

She plays Muriel, Ruth Williams' sister in A United Kingdom, and Maddy Stevenson in the TV series Marcella, both released in 2016.

She portrayed the role of Maggie Pole on The Spnish Princess (2019) TV mini-series.


Carmichael made her West End debut in Uncle Vanya opposite Anna Friel and Samuel West in October 2012. She played Arabella in The Fitzrovia Radio Hour at The Underglobe Theatre in early 2013.

In early 2016, Carmichael will play Madam in Jamie Lloyd's production of The Maids at the Trafalgar Studios in London's West End.

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.

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Laura Carmichael
First Name Laura
Surname Carmichael
Born 16th July, 1986
Home City Southampton, Hampshire, England
Current City