Lack of diversity in Oscar nominations - Carmichael

Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley In Downton Abbey.
Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley In Downton Abbey.

Laura Carmichael thinks the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations is "disappointing".

The 'Downton Abbey' actress insists audiences want a "better reflection of the world" and attributes the all-white nominees at the upcoming Academy Award being a result of people being "frightened" of change.

She said: "I think it was a really disappointing reflection. "I think the Oscars is a sort of mad gang.

"The thing that surprises me is that I do think audiences really want to see a better reflection of the world that we live in and I think someone somewhere is frightened of changing what's been the case for a long time."

We should be making art that is reflective of the society we live in and we're not."

The 29-year-old beauty admits landing the role of Lady Edith in 'Downton' after two years working as a doctor's receptionist has been "life changing".

She told ES magazine: "It was really depressing and hard.

"I was just so c**p I wasn't getting many auditions.

"I was in the doctor's surgery when I got the call [from 'Downton'].

"I became really useless at work. I kept disappearing into the kitchen saying, 'Excuse me a moment, I've just got to take this call from my agent'.

"I was thrilled and it really did that changing-my-life thing."

- BANG! Showbiz

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