Samuel West and Laura Carmichael
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Downton star Laura Carmichael makes West End debut

9 October 2012 Last updated at 11:04 BST

Laura Carmichael - best known for her role as Lady Edith in Downton Abbey - is making her West End debut in Anton Chekhov's play Uncle Vanya.

The actress will play Sonya alongside an all star cast including veteran of the stage, Samuel West, who plays Astrov.

The pair told BBC Breakfast about their preparations for opening night.