WCW: Laura Carmichael


She has a surprisingly short acting career overall, and Laura Carmichael has spent most of it on TV as our favorite luckless-but-incredibly-wealthy middle daughter. And her most well-known role is returning this month, so let’s look at what she’s done in historical costume.


Sal in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Laura Carmichael, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Early 1970s, so past our time period, but I’m stretching because it’s her first screen credit!


Henriette in Madame Bovary (2014)

Laura Carmichael, Madam Bovary (2014)

She’s the lady’s maid in the most recent, meh adaption of the meh French novel.


Lady Edith Crawley in Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

Downton Abbey

She starts out as the loser middle daughter. #pooredith

Edith, Downton Abbey

And she ends up running a newspaper, having an illegitimate daughter, marrying a marquess, and living in a castle! #winning


Muriel Williams in A United Kingdom (2016)

Laura Carmichael, A United Kingdom (2016)

Based on a true story occurring in post-WWII Britain, Carmichael plays the female protagonist’s sister.


Daphne in Man in an Orange Shirt (2017)

Laura Carmichael, Man in an Orange Shirt (2017)

Laura Carmichael plays a small role in this miniseries that begins after WWII.


Maggie Pole in The Spanish Princess (2019)

The Spanish Princess episode 2

All I can say is I hope she got paid A LOT for this travesty.


Lady Edith Pelham, Marchioness of Hexham, in Downton Abbey (2019)

Laura Carmichael, Downton Abbey (2019)

Bringing the fam back to the Abbey.

Laura Carmichael, Downton Abbey (2019)

Now she’s the highest titled lady!



Are you hoping Laura Carmichael does more historical costume movie and TV roles?


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Trystan L. Bass

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A self-described ElderGoth, Trystan has been haunting the internet since the early 1990s. Always passionate about costume, from everyday office wear to outrageous twisted historical creations, she has maintained some of the earliest online costuming-focused resources on the web. Her costuming adventures are chronicled on her website, TrystanCraft. She also ran a popular fashion blog, This Is CorpGoth, dedicated to her “office drag.”

8 Responses

      • SarahV

        as iconoclast and rebellious-ish as she became I for one shall never deign to forgive her for ratting out Mary with the dead hot Turkish ambassador, even if that aquamarine art deco gown is utterly divine.

  1. Frannie Germeshausen

    Lady Edith/Lady Hexham is my fashion idol when she hits the 20s. As a sister ginger, everything she wears would look great on me, too. That last image (green, heavily beaded) rocks my world.

  2. Linda Merrill

    I saw the Downton Abbey exhibition in Boston and it was interesting seeing the costumes in person. One thing I always thought was that the costume designers took pity on Lady Edith and put her in the best clothes – she looks so great in 1920’s clothing. The costumes were stunning in person.

  3. Lily Lotus Rose

    Can’t wait for the film!! She had GREAT clothes in DA! I hope to see her in more roles. Honestly, I hope she does more contemporary work, too, because I think she could easily be pigeon-holed into period British dramas because of her looks. I’d like to see her break out of that mold!