Downton Abbey Series 4: Lady Edith will get feisty says Laura Carmichael!

by Anna Howell

Downton Abbey star, Laura Carmichael has revealed that her character, Lady Edith Crawley is set to get feisty in the new series of the hit ITV period drama when it returns for its fourth series later this year.

Fans of the phenomenon show Wil know how Lady Edith, the character that Carmichael plays, is the middle child of the Crawley family, and the only one of her three sisters not to be married.

Her resentment towards her younger and older sister, both prettier and better liked, has been apparent throughout the show, and has seen her deliberately set out to sabotage their happiness to get revenge on them for being better off.

However, after being stood up at the altar, and after her sister Sybil’s tragic death, we had started to see a more compassionate side to Edith, and whilst chasing a new ambition to be a journalist, saw her devious efforts put to better use.

But alas, it would seem that was short lived as Laura Carmichael, the actress who plays her, has revealed that in the next series, which has just begun filming, viewers can expect to see her back to her usual self, and worse as she promises her character is armed and set to get feisty!

Speaking to the Huffington Post at the recent Elle Style Awards, Carmichael revealed that, unlike in previous series where Edith had been desperate to find love and get married, series four will see her brace her new independence as a modern day woman:

“She’s coming into her own a little bit I think. It’s all be ups and downs. But I think after being jilted I think she’s thrown it all out the window, any ideas she did have in the first place and I think that’s been good for her. It’s given her a bit of independence and hotspur. I love playing her.”

And, in keeping with her new attitude and career, fans can also expect a physical transformation too as Lady Edith glams up as her world makes its way into the flapping 1920’s!

She said: “We’re moving along through the ’20s so I think there will be more styles that people recognise as 1920s and I think it’s going to be a really exciting time.

“Our costume designer Caronlie McCall, she’s been with us since the beginning and she’s known us for four years now, so it’s been really fun playing around with her and trying out ideas.

“I think there will be lots of really glamorous things to get excited about.”

Watch an interview with Laura Carmichael in the clip below: