Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael and Lily James: Call the Midwife is not the enemy

Despite the Christmas Day ratings showdown, the actresses who play Edith and Rose say they're fans of Jessica Raine and co


Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife were billed as battling for Christmas Day ratings supremacy at the end of 2012 – but Laura Carmichael and Lily James, who play Lady Edith and Lady Rose in the ITV flagship Downton, say there’s no rivalry between the two shows.


Speaking to at the RT Covers Party, Carmichael said: “These are our friends! The gang that we know. Jessica’s gorgeous.” 

“I love the little competition, the enemy warfare [that journalists try to create]!” added James. “But Jessica’s wonderful.”

“It’s got nothing to do with any of us,” Carmichael said. “They’re just people of similar age doing similar jobs. They’re our pals!”

Carmichael also praised the shows that missed out on a Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding ensemble in a drama series – one of the American gong show’s top categories, for which Downton was a surprise winner earlier in the week.


“This week we are all on cloud nine,” Carmichael enthused. “It’s so amazing to be considered among those shows that we all watch: Homeland and Mad Men, it’s insane. Insane!”