While making their tour in LA, Michelle and the rest of the cast of Downton glammed up for a photoshoot which will most likely make it into an upcoming issue. How fab do they all look?
Michelle attended the An Evening with “Downton Abbey” Q&A Event last night in North Hollywood, California at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre. How beautiful does she look? Special thanks to Nicole for the images!
Audiences last saw her Downtown Abbey character become both a mother and a widow in the shocking season finale.
And Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary Crawley, looked excited to join her castmates for an ‘Evening with Downton Abbey’ in North Hollywood on Monday.
The 31-year-old actress was plum perfection as she posed at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in her sleeveless purple frock, black pumps, and gold clutch.
The Emmy-nominated star will officially return as the mourning mother of six-month-old baby George when season four premieres next January on PBS.
‘We’re almost halfway through. We’re filming episodes five and six,’ Michelle told the LA Times last month.
‘The predicament that Mary’s in now is that she does need to find someone eventually. She has the heir to Downton, and she is under pressure to find someone. In that world, women had to find someone. It was all about marriage and who you’d spend the rest of your life with.’
However, Dockery still has no clue what series creator Julian Fellowes has in store for the highest-rated drama in PBS history.
‘Julian writes as he goes along, and the story develops from each set of rushes he watches,’ said the raven-bobbed actress.
‘It’s what’s wonderful to play is the whole British, stiff-upper-lip thing. You keep calm and carry on. She’s not weak. She’s a survivor. So she will come through it.’
The Golden Globe nominee will also appear in the air marshal thriller Non-Stop with Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore, due out February 28 of next year.
Michelle was joined at the Q&A event in the Valley by her onscreen mother, Elizabeth McGovern, who plays Cora, Countess of Grantham.
The 51-year-old Brat Packer, who was once engaged to Sean Penn, is the lone American of the cast aside from guest star Shirley MacLaine.
McGovern rocked red lips and took the plunge in a low-cut LBD, which she paired with a classy tuxedo jacket.
Also there was tiny Joanne Froggatt, who plays head housemaid Anna May Bates, flaunting her tanned pins in a grey-patterned dress and black pumps.
The 32-year-old blonde recently teased to Glamour that ‘there’s a lot of young hot men joining the cast this year.’
And while Dan Stevens and Siobhan Finneran have exited the series – Tom Cullen, Nigel Harman, Julian Ovendon, and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa have joined season four.
Gary Carr marks Downton’s first recurring African-American actor, playing a ‘charming and charismatic’ young jazz singer.
The only male castmember present on Monday was Rob James-Collier, who plays closeted underbutler Thomas Barrow, sporting a shaved head and an all-black suit.
And Phyllis Logan easily defied her 57 years in a bizarre periwinkle dress under a matching cardigan.
The Scottish actress’s polished appearance was a far cry from her matronly head housekeeper Elsie Hughes.
And Fellowes and executive producer Gareth Neame represented the crew during the Q&A inside the theatre.
Season four of Downton Abbey will officially premiere January 5, 2014 on PBS’ Masterpiece Classic.
In the U.K., the eight-week season will air this autumn on ITV.
Michelle’s next film project, Non-Stop has received a set release date for February 28, 2014. Quite a bit of a wait for it, but it will be great to see Michelle on the big screen again!
Liam Neeson-starring thriller Non-Stop also shifted its release date (again). Following Universal’s initial announcement last week of a Feb. 21, 2014 debut, the studio has bumped the movie by one week, to Feb. 28, 2014. Non-Stop features Neeson as a U.S. Air Marshall on a transatlantic flight, where he receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the government to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account — until he secures the money, a passenger on the flight will be killed every 20 minutes.
Michelle, along with other Downton cast members including, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Joanne Froggatt, Rob James-Collier, Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame are set to attend a “Downton” panel on June 10th at Leonard H. Goldenson Theater in Hollywood. I’m not sure what this is about to be honest. If anyone has any further information you can send my way, I’d appreciate it! =) Thanks!
And thanks to in-flagrante via Tumblr for the tip!
Michelle Dockery just finished a long day of filming at Highclere Castle, the Hampshire, England, country house that always looks so lovely on “Downton Abbey,” even though most spring days there, like this particular one, are wet and windy. Before heading off to a late dinner with “Downton” creator Julian Fellowes (“I’m going to try to find out some story lines, but it’s like getting blood out of a stone,” Dockery good-naturedly complains), the Emmy-nominated actress took a break to talk to The Envelope about where her character, Lady Mary, might be heading in the wake of the shocking Season 3 finale death of her beloved husband, Matthew (Dan Stevens).
So how far along are you in shooting the new season?
We’re almost halfway through. We’re filming episodes 5 and 6.
Lady Mary’s wedding …
Oh, no, not yet! [Laughs.] She hasn’t moved on that quickly!
Some worry she will move on too quickly. She must mourn Matthew! Properly!
And she will. There’s no way she’ll fall for someone that quickly. Matthew was the love of her life. But …
I knew there was going to be a “but …”
Well, the predicament that Mary’s in now is that she does need to find someone eventually. She has the heir to Downton, she has baby George and she is under pressure to find someone. In that world, women had to find someone. It was all about marriage and who you’d spend the rest of your life with.
Judging from what I’ve read, potential suitors are making a beeline to Downton.
Oh, they are! Yes! She’s an eligible bachelorette. It’s exciting. We’ve got some great actors joining the show.
Were you surprised when Dan decided to leave “Downton”?
Initially, I was very sad to hear he was going. It has been strange not having him around because we had become very good friends and had done pretty much every scene together for three years. But the positive is that it’s opened a huge door of opportunity for storytelling. How is Mary going to survive without her Matthew? Her world is completely turned upside down.
Which gives you more drama to play than, say, Mary not getting enough sleep because baby George has been crying all night.
Yes! There’s more drama in misery, though I suppose not getting enough sleep would be miserable too.
In England, the “Downton” finale, which ended with that close-up on Matthew’s lifeless eyes and bleeding skull, aired on Christmas. Nothing quite says “happy holidays” like a shocking death.
I was watching it with my family, and none of them knew. My mom was in tears. She couldn’t believe it. It slightly ruined the day for a lot of people.
Did Matthew’s death need to be that graphic?
It had to seem final! We couldn’t leave it open because it would be brutal if people were wondering if he was still alive. I remember when I first read it, I was just in a flood of tears. It was the finality of mine and Dan’s time together on the show. But then I thought, “Wow! The audience will really be shocked!” And because the rumor got out that Dan was leaving, people were prepared for it.
And now even midway through filming the upcoming season, you have no idea where Fellowes is taking Mary?
I haven’t a clue. And that’s what’s brilliant about the show. Julian writes as he goes along, and the story develops from each set of rushes he watches. The thing about Mary is that she’s incredibly strong and has already been through quite a lot. Before Matthew died, she lost a sister and went through the whole scandal with Pamuk and Richard Carlisle. She’s really been through the mill. And what’s wonderful to play is the whole British, stiff-upper-lip thing. You keep calm and carry on. She’s not weak. She’s a survivor. So she will come through it.
It will take a long time. I promise.
Warning: spoilers ahead ;)
Michelle Dockery’s “Downton Abbey” character of Mary is going be starting off season 4 mourning the loss of her longtime love Matthew Crawley, but for fans who are hoping to see some of that light return to her eyes (and her demeanor) this season, you are probably going to be pretty disappointed. Instead, what we are more than likely going to see here is the return of a certain cold, calculated Mary that shined through the early seasons. With so much gone from her life, the interest in staying positive may no longer be there.
This sentiment was echoes first of all by executive producer Gareth Neame, who said the following in an interview with TVLine about just what sort of change we should eventually expect to see out of the character:
“She mellowed with Matthew [and] opened up a lot more, But I think [after losing Matthew and Sybil], she would be just so devastated that I think it would lock her down and [she would] go back into a lot of the traits that she had before – that very difficult to read characteristic she’s got. I think we’ll see a lot of those very dark and complex things about Mary.”
Eventually, Mary’s journey could lead to her developing a new love interest, but Rome (or hear heart) is not going to be built in a day. Finding love again could be a season-long struggle, if not longer based on what the writers decide. We know that the last thing the show wants to do is make viewers believe that she has suddenly moved on too quickly from her past relationship, especially given the affection that is out there for the Matthew character.
The Pants on Fire Theatre Company, of which Michelle is a patron, was kind enough to send this video promoting their upcoming production of Pinocchio. Michelle can also be seen in the video…and make sure you watch the end! ;)
Best of luck to the Pants on Fire theatre company on their production!