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