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'Downton Abbey's' Laura Carmichael on Shirley MacLaine, Lady Edith's first kiss and more

PBS has been hosting a series of online chats with the stars of "Downton Abbey." First Lord Grantham himself, Hugh Bonneville, spoke with the fans. And Monday (Feb. 6), Laura Carmichael, the blossoming Lady Edith, took a turn behind the keyboard to talk about her experiences on the show."I was cast quite late on in the process. I had just landed a theatre role when the call came in," says Carmichael, of winning a part on the show. "I thought I'd have to turn down a great play to do/read a couple of lines. I was gobsmacked to find it was a principle character. It was a very exciting time.""Everyone was keen to put me at ease," she continues, as it was her first major acting role. "My first scene was with lovely Hugh (Lord G) and he was kind & really put me at ease."When asked if she prefers playing Season 1 Lady Edith... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/02/downton-abbeys-laura-carmichael-on-shirley-maclaine-lady-ediths-first-kiss-and-more.html