Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael: “Edith is the Carrie Bradshaw of the 1920s”

The star of the hit ITV period drama has likened her character to Sex and the City's lead, played by Sarah Jessica Parker

Laura Carmichael – aka Downton Abbey’s middle Crawley sister Edith – has likened her character to Sarah Jessica Parker’s Sex and the City lead, saying: “I like to think about her as the Carrie Bradshaw of the Twenties.”


It seems Edith, who was berated by Downton fans for being boring in the earlier seasons of the drama, is quickly rising to the top of the ranks as the coolest Crawley.

Now a high-flying journalist (and the only Crawley lady to forge a career for herself…), Edith spends time in London,  drives around in a motorcar and is set on embracing the changing times and modern ways of the Roaring Twenties – much as Sex and the City’s protagonist Carrie Bradshaw did in the 90s as a New York newspaper columnist, serial dater and designer shoe addict.

With all those pearls and drop-waist dresses, Edith certainly has a wardrobe to rival Carrie’s, and those dinner parties at Downton Abbey are as cocktail-fueled as any of Ms Bradshaw’s nights out. But Edith will need to have a bit more going on in her love life in series four if she’s really to walk in Bradshaw’s well-heeled footsteps.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association, Carmichael said: “Some people in life are lucky and some people aren’t, and Edith is one of those who aren’t. But I love the relationship with (the editor, Michael Gregson) because he’s so different.”

The show’s producer Gareth Neame added: “It is a really different season for Edith this year, a really active story for her.” So watch this space…

Downton Abbey returns to our screens for series four in the autumn