Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary Crawley, admits it was ‘strange’ when Dan Stevens left the show.

Michelle Dockery, the Essex-born actress who plays the elegant Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey, has hinted at what the series’ many fans can expect when it returns later this month for its fourth season.

Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens), Lady Mary’s husband, was killed in a car crash at the end of the last episode of Season Three: “It was strange not having him around,” said Dockery.

“When you spend three years with someone you become very close. Mary is very isolated without Matthew and I felt the same way because from the beginning, most of my scenes were with Dan. We all miss him.

“But now it’s a tricky situation for the Crawleys. The family is in a dilemma because Matthew was the heir and now baby George [his son] is, but he’s only six months old. Mary has to take responsibility for the things that need doing and the debts that need paying and she becomes much more involved in the estate.”

And will Lady Mary remain a grieving widow? “There are suitors who come along but you’ll just have to wait and see what happens,” said Dockery firmly.


Since she landed the role three years ago, the 31-year-old actress’s career has taken off in a big way. She recently finished a film, Non-Stop, with Liam Neeson. But for Michelle, one of the downsides of the success of Downton Abbey is that she has had to put her singing career aside temporarily.

A jazz singer, she sang at the 50th anniversary of the Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in Soho and until recently sung with Sadie and the Hotheads, a band formed by Elizabeth McGovern, who plays her mother, Cora, in Downton Abbey. “Elizabeth is managing to juggle both the show and her music career, but I haven’t been able to,” she said. “I sang on the album and we’ve performed together a few times but I need time to pursue it because I can’t just do it on the side, with a few gigs here and there. If I do it, I want to do it properly.”