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Laura Carmichael
Born Laura Elizabeth Carmichael
(1986-07-16) 16 July 1986 (age 30)
Southampton, Hampshire, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 2010–present
Notable work Downton Abbey as Lady Edith Crawley (2010–2015)
Madame Bovary as Henrietta (2014)

It's beneficial to play against your type; to be chameleon-like.
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.
Laura Carmichael
I'm from Southampton.
There's something about wearing clothes that your great-grandmother might have thought were nice that makes you look older.
Laura Carmichael
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.
Laura Carmichael
You have to have sympathy for and an empathy with a character in order to play them.
Laura Carmichael
Sometimes we do things that are really awful.
There is no way I'd have wanted to live in the Twenties. It was really crap for women.
Laura Carmichael
You have to have sympathy for and an empathy with a character in order to play them.
Laura Carmichael
When I emerge from filming I feel slightly out of synch with real life, but it's also a relief.
Laura Carmichael
I cry at films and TV and even adverts.
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.
Laura Carmichael
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.
Laura Carmichael
I don't really get recognised very much.
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.
Laura Carmichael
I certainly never saw myself as posh.
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.
Laura Carmichael
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.
Laura Carmichael
As actors, you play people who are not yourselves!
I'm rubbish at Twitter.
In the U.K., there is a sort of obsession with class.
When I'm in a tricky situation I often think: 'What would Beyonce do?' It helps.
Laura Carmichael
The Twenties have this sort of attitude where you never know what's around the corner.
Laura Carmichael
I think as an actor you're used to having to travel, so wherever the work, is you're willing to go.
Laura Carmichael
I'm not recognised much at all.
If I'm tweeting about being somewhere, and I haven't replied to somebody's email from three days ago, that's quite rude.
Laura Carmichael
I've not sat with my agent going: 'Where is the next hopeless girl I can play?' They just come along.
Laura Carmichael
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.
Laura Carmichael
No one goes through life thinking that they're the best friend of the lead character.
Laura Carmichael
I have two sisters, and we are the best of friends.
In a way, it's good not to be recognised as much off screen.
I have such a huge girl crush on Beyonce.