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Downton's Laura: I was on the verge of quitting acting

Dramatic role: Laura Carmichael
Dramatic role: Laura Carmichael

By Sherna Noah

Laura Carmichael says she was close to giving up her acting dream before landing a role in Downton Abbey.

The star (33) played Lady Edith in the TV drama, and is due to return to the upper-crust character in the long-awaited Downton movie.

She said: "I was so close to not being a working actress. I had a hard time.

"It's such a painful experience, wanting to act and not doing it, and trying to figure out how to get in there."

But the actress, who is in a relationship with co-star Michael C Fox - footman Andrew Parker in the ITV drama - said that working on Downton Abbey has "changed all of my life".

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