Laura Carmichael says she was about to give up her acting dream before assuming a role in Downton Abbey.
The 33-year-old star played Lady Edith in the TV drama and is expected to play in the long-awaited Downton movie again expected the figure of the upper class.
She told Town & Country magazine, "I was so close to being an actress. I had a hard time.
"It's such a painful experience to want to act and not to do it and try to figure out how to get there."
Carmichael added that the drama, which was also a hit in the US, "cast a long shadow, I was in many costume dramas …"
But the actress, who is related to co-star Michael C Fox – foot soldier Andrew Parker in the ITV drama – said that working on Downton Abbey has "changed my whole life".
"If you can work and love it, it's such a pleasure," she said.
"And I fell in love and found wonderful friends – how lucky are I?"
She remembered the role and said, "I was auditioning and because it was so top secret I did not get the script until I got there.
"I thought I probably had a line, but I had five scenes, I read them and said," My God, that's a real part, why do you see me for that? "
"On my first day, I think Jim (Carter) saw that I was like a hare in the spotlight – I had to come in, talk and serve myself a breakfast, which seemed terribly frightening – and he said, 'Why do not you come Here, honey, and I help you? & # 39; "
The movie takes place in 1927 and will be aired next month. The leading actors, including Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Dame Maggie Smith and Joanne Froggatt, return.
The story continues after the 1925 series ceased its Christmas special in 2015.
The fall issue of Town & Country is available from Thursday, August 22nd.
– Press Association