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Downton Abbey star raises awareness over Haiti

Actress Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith in ITV's Downton Abbey has told ITV London that she would also like to be known for raising awareness of the continuing poverty in Haiti, three years after a devastating earthquake.

She has become the patron of a London charity which funds a hospital in the Haitian capital.


Downton Abbey star joins Anna Friel for stage production

Laura Carmichael starring as Sonya (left), and Anna Friel as Yelena in the Anton Chechov play Uncle Vanya. Credit: PA

Anna Friel, Laura Carmichael, Samuel West and Ken Stott have united onstage in Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece Uncle Vanya.

Directed by Lindsay Posner and adapted by Christopher Hampton, this new production has opened at the Vaudeville Theatre.

Vanya (Ken Stott), Yelena (Anna Friel), Astrov (Samuel West) and Sonya (Laura Carmichael) are all in love, with the past, with ideals and with each other.

As their universe shifts around them they struggle to keep their emotions at bay in this comedy of the trials and tribulations of the human condition.

Laura Carmichael is best known for playing Edith Crawly in the TV series Downton Abbey.

Anna Friel returns to the stage after a run as Holly Golightly in the West End production of Breakfast at Tiffanys.


Stars turn out for cancer charity

Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville hosts two charity fundraisers at the Royal Albert Hall this Sunday to raise money for leukaemia and lymphoma research.

Bonneville is taking a day off from filming series three of the hit TV drama to preside over the Night of 1000 Voices spectacular.

He'll be joined by a host of West End musical stars including Bonnie Langford, Kerry Ellis and Clive Rowe as well as the City of London Philharmonic orchestra.

Charity chief Cathy Gilman said: "We are so happy the musical theatre community supports us with such open hearts".