Laura Carmichael is an English actress. She had her career beginnings in the late 2000s, debuting in the movie House at the End of Our Street in 2009. She next appeared in the film The Heart of Thomas Hardy. In the 2010s, she gained mainstream recognition for her role as Lady Edith Crawley on the hit British period drama series Downton Abbey. She played the said part from 2010 to 2015. While on the show, she had also appeared in the films Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Madame Bovary, and Burn Burn Burn. Following the finale of Downton Abbey, she starred in the movie A United Kingdom. More recently, she played the role of Maddy Stevenson on the British series Marcella.