'Downton Abbey' actor Laura Carmichael says she did not expect her role to take the shape that it did in the movie
Actor Laura Carmichael played the role of Lady Edith in the 'Downton Abbey' series and reprised her role in the recently released movie.
'Downton Abbey' movie opened recently to a great response and warm reviews from the audiences. The film is expected to turn into a box office success as well if the collections from the first weekend are anything to go by. One of the main reason for the success of the film happens to be the performances of the lead characters including Laura Carmichael who played the role of Edith Pelham, Marchioness of Hexham in the series. The actress reprised her role in the film. In an exclusive interview with MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) the actress spoke about how the film is about women empowerment and especially how women empower each other.
Telling us about her role, the actor revealed that she did not know what the future of her character would be like in the movie. "I am not sure I would have been aware of it when we had started, but Julian has such a heart for these women that they sort of developed into being super interesting characters. They drove the show forward and (I am) so happy to be a part of that."
Carmichael also said that she had the most supportive cast. "I don't know (if) there is a more supportive cast." 'Downton Abbey' was Carmichael's first TV job and reflecting on that she said, "It was this gang of actors that made me feel like I can do this and this is a great place to work. I am grateful for that. Every job that I step into now, it's these guys who showed me how to do it."
The actor also confessed that after all the fuss about the dress she did not get to keep it. She said, "I don't know where it is. Somewhere, in a glass case or something but it's pretty special. It's a real labor of love for Anna (Mary Scott Robbins), the designer. It was an honor to wear it, goodness knows where it is but I will never see it again I am sure."
Carmichael also revealed that one of the things that drove creator Julian Fellowes to write the show was the disappointment of someone not inheriting the title. She said, "Julian really wrote with his wife in mind. That vision of a woman who can't inherit the title and I think that is what drove him to write the show."