Laura Carmichael stars in The Maids at Trafalgar Studios

Laura Carmichael stars as Madame in Jamie Lloyd’s contemporary adaptation of Jean Genet’s masterpiece The Maids.

Laura Carmichael is a British actress widely known for playing Lady Edith Crawley for all six seasons of the popular television series Downton Abbey. In 2013, Carmichael and the cast earned a Screen Actors Guild Award in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series on behalf of the show.

Carmichael attended Peter Symonds College and subsequently studied acting at the Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, England. After graduating from the Old Vic Theatre School in 2007, Carmichael landed her first television role in the television film, The Heart of Thomas Hardy, followed by End of Our Street.

In 2012, Carmichael made her feature film debut in Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, alongside Gary Oldman. The film follows espionage veteran George Smiley who is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6 during the Cold War. Laura played the role of Sal. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spay was released in theaters in the United States on January 6, 2012.

This past year, Carmichael appeared in Madam Bovary, alongside Mia Wasikowska. She played the role of Henriette in the period drama that follows the life of Emma Bovary.  Additionally, Carmichael appeared in Burn Burn Burn as Seph. The film follows two girls in their late twenties who embark on a road trip, following the death of their friend Dan, to spread his ashes. Burn Burn Burn was released in the UK on October 15, 2015.

Currently, Carmichael is filming A United Kingdom, alongside Rosamund Pike and directed by Amma Asante. The drama follows the story of Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana (David Oyelowo) who causes an international stir when he marries a white woman, Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike) from London in the late 1940s. Carmichael will play the role of Muriel Williams, Ruth’s sister. Additionally, Carmichael will begin production on ITV’s new thriller Marcella, opposite Anna Friel.

In addition to Carmichael’s film and television credits, she also appeared in London stage productions of As You Like It, Stags and Hens, The President’s Holiday, and Plenty, among others. In 2012, Carmichael made her West End debut in Uncle Vanya at the Vaudeville Theater. Carmichael will return to the stage as Madame in The Maids at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios. The play will be directed by Jamie Lloyd and will co-star Zawe Ashton and Uzo Aduba.

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