Laura Carmichael has reportedly secretly welcomed a baby boy with her boyfriend Michael C Fox.
A source told the publication: ‘Laura and Michael absolutely love being parents and were grateful to have some time away from the limelight to enjoy the moment.
Congratulations! Laura Carmichael has reportedly secretly welcomed a baby boy with her boyfriend Michael C Fox
‘Laura’s taken motherhood in her stride and it’s added another string to her bow.’
MailOnline has contacted Laura and Michael’s representatives for comment.
The couple, who met while filming the fifth series of Downton Abbey, have been together since 2016 and moved in together two years ago.
Laura played the unlucky-in-love Lady Edith Grantham on the ITV period drama while Michael played illiterate footman Andrew Parker.
Sweet: The Downton Abbey actress, 35, welcomed baby Luca in March last year with her 33-year-old co-star Michael (both pictured in October)
The couple keep their relationship quite private, but made a rare appearance at the Downton Abbey: A New Era premiere earlier this week.
They posed for a series of loved up snaps together as they appeared arm-in-arm on the red carpet.
Speaking about her return to the red carpet, Laura said: ‘After so long in lockdown, walking the red carpet was a shock for us all. I was terrified.’
Although the couple keep their romance under wraps, Laura gushed over how lucky she felt to have met Michael on the set for Downton Abbey.
In 2019, she told Town and Country: ‘I’ve fallen in love and made wonderful friends – how lucky am I?’
Return: The couple keep their relationship quite private and under wraps, but made a rare appearance at the Downton Abbey: A New Era premiere earlier this week
Michael has also addressed their relationship in the past, saying they liked to keep their romance separate from their jobs on Downton.
‘We’d go to work and we didn’t want it to be a thing in any way when we were working together,’ he told the Sunday Post.
‘It was great, though, to go to work with your best pal.’
Downton Abbey: A New Era received exceptional reviews after its cinema release on Friday, with the Daily Mail’s Brian Viner describing it as ‘the gift that keeps on giving’.
The latest Downton Abbey instalment saw the Crawley family head to the South of France to uncover a mystery at a villa bestowed to Dowager Countess of Grantham, Violet Crawley, while an ambitious director planned to make a film at Downton.
The trailer shows the Crawley family heading to the South of France to uncover a mystery at a villa bestowed to Dowager Countess of Grantham, Violet Crawley, while an ambitious director plans to make a film at Downton.
It opens as fan favourite Violet [Dame Maggie], says: ‘I’ve come into the possession of villa in the South of France.’
She continues: ‘Years ago, before you were born. I met a man.’
It then transpires Dowager Grantham and her lover ‘spent a few days together and he gave her a house’.
The Downton sequel saw the return of the much-loved cast including Hugh, Michelle and Penelope Wilton.
Couple: Laura and Michael, who met while filming the fifth series of Downton Abbey, have been together since 2016 and moved in together two years ago
And it looks like there could be trouble in paradise for Lady Mary (Michelle) as she talks about the struggles of marriage in the trailer.
Lady Mary is seen talking to Hugh’s character, saying: ‘You don’t need me to tell you that marriage is a novel full of plot twists along the way.’
The trailer also shows estate becoming the setting for a film and a slim mustached Dominic, who plays an 1920s Hollywood actor, becomes quite the heartthrob among the staff.
One of the cooks says: ‘There is something about him, he’s like a wild animal ready to spring.’
Mister Barber, a producer and director, begins to shoot the film – but Earl of Grantham, Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville) isn’t impressed by the fanfare.
‘I think its a horrible idea. Actresses plastered in make-up and actors just plastered,’ he says as the scene shifts to the Hollywood cast interrupting the day-to-day life in Downton.
The trailer also hinted that fans will finally get to see widower Tom Branson find love again with maid Lucy Smith, as the pair tie the knot in romantic scenes.
Downton creator Julian Fellowes previously teased some details about the movie, which is based on the acclaimed TV series.
Period drama: Downton Abbey: A New Era received exceptional reviews after its release. Pictured: Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Grantham and Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Hexham
Speaking about the project, Julian shared: ‘It’s really a new era. The further the ’20s went along, the more the world was changing in so many ways. Everything from entertainment to transport was really different by the end of the ’20s. That’s what we’re referring to in that.’
Julian sees the Downton films as an extension of the hit TV series, which ran for six seasons between 2010 and 2015, and he explained that the new movie will pick up from where the 2019 film ended.
He said: ‘As we know from the last film, Mary may not be the titular head of the household, but she is effectively running the show. We take that further.
‘We’re trying to mark the change – the fact that Crawleys of Downton are nearly in the 1930s, which is merely the beginning of the modern world.’
Cast: The sequel saw the return of the much-loved cast including Hugh, Michelle and Penelope Wilton (L-R) Samantha Bond, Douglas Reith, Harry Hadden-Paton, Laura Carmichael, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Penelope Wilton, Robert James Collier and Michael Fox