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Lady Mary is just Michelle doing her childhood impression of posh, says Dockery sister

 

Her performances as Downton’s Lady Mary have earned Michelle Dockery fame, fans and even award nominations on both sides of the Atlantic. Now her sister has revealed the rather childish origins of her success — claiming her take on the character is simply the “posh lady” impression she honed during her childhood in Essex.

Jo Dockery, 35, who is also an actress, said it had come as no surprise at all to her that Michelle, 31, had become a star — as she had been doing impressions since she was just five years old.

“The only difference is that now everyone knows about it. I’ve always known what she can do,” Jo told Red magazine.

“She was always doing impressions. It’s actually funny watching Downton [Abbey] because Lady Mary is basically Michelle’s ‘posh lady’ impression when we were little.”

The two sisters grew up with a third, Louise, 37, in Romford and attended the Finch Stage School, in Essex, from a young age.

As a girl, Michelle developed a stutter as she struggled to get a word in against her chatterbox siblings.

But now the sisters said they were close and even hoped to work together on a new comedy series, written by Jo, which Michelle aims to produce and possibly act in.

Jo, who is to join the cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, said: “It’s about our childhood, about family, and a lot about stage school.

“One of the characters is an amalgamation of all the teachers and choreographers I’ve worked with.”

Michelle said they were keen to get their sister Louise involved, too. “The best times are when we’re together,” she said.

“We’re so close and we really support each other. It’s the Essex Mafia.”

The Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actress said their upbringing meant she and her sisters remained down to earth.

“The way we were brought up means our expectations are never too high, so everything is like an amazing surprise.

“Mum’s favourite saying is, ‘Now, don’t get your hopes up,’ which sounds like a negative thing to say but it has helped me a lot. She taught us to enjoy every day.

“I’m in this amazing show and really enjoying it. Why should I think beyond that? ”

The full interview appears in the October issue of Red, on sale September 4.

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  posted on Sep 02, 2013
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Miu Miu Women´s Tales: all the Voices of Female Creativity

 

Ava DuVernay and Hiam Abbass, Jules Daly and Sue Kroll, Michelle Dockery and Freida Pinto: these are the women filmmakers who give voice to the project MIU MIU WOMEN’S TALES at the Venice Film Festival this year. Thanks to a collaboration between Venice Days and its Creative Partner Miu Miu, two new short films will be presented on August 29, joining a collection that already includes works by Zoe Cassavetes, Giada Colagrande, Lucrecia Martel and Massy Tadjedin.

One year ago, the renowned Palestinian actress Hiam Abbass made her directorial debut at Venice Days with Inheritance. On that occasion, Miu Miu decided to entrust Abbass with a new chapter of “Miu Miu Women´s Tales”, and now she is back at the Lido this year with her Le donne delle Vucciria, set entirely in the city of Palermo, and making its world premiere at Venice Days on Thursday, August 29 (at 16:30 in the Sala Darsena). This will be followed by The Door by Ava DuVernay, the first African-American woman to win an award for Best Director at Sundance. The Door is a celebration of the transformative power of the bonds between a number of different women.

The two short films present a different vision of a woman´s world and its metamorphoses. The clothes from the collection, in fact, are no mere accessories or ornamental elements; they symbolize renewal, accompanying the stars of the short films on a path leading to personal “rebirth”.


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  posted on Aug 26, 2013
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Posh? But I’m an Essex girl, says Lady Mary: Michelle Dockery says her upbringing couldn’t be further from her most famous role

 

With her clipped tones, she plays the role of the posh English aristocrat to perfection.

But Michelle Dockery has admitted that she is in fact an ‘Essex girl’, whose upbringing could not have been further away from that of her most famous character, Lady Mary Crawley.

The Downton Abbey actress has revealed that her friends call her ‘Dockers’, and as a young woman developed an estuary accent so thick that she was once dropped from a role by shocked producers.

The 31-year-old star, who grew up in Romford, is the daughter of Michael Dockery, an Irishman who worked his way up from a van driver, to eventually becoming a surveyor.

Her mother, Lorraine, comes from Stepney, East London, and now works as a care home assistant, delivering meals to the elderly.

Miss Dockery’s maternal great-grandmother, Maud Malyon, was born in 1910 in Newham, East London, and was a domestic servant for a wealthy family.

Her great-grandfather, William Oakman, was a grocer’s assistant.

The actress said: ‘I’m not like Lady Mary at all. For one thing, I’m not actually posh. I come from a very humble, working-class background.

‘My dad worked all sorts of jobs when I was growing up and finally ended up as a surveyor; my mum delivers meals to old folk around where we live. We didn’t have much money when I was growing up, but I had a very happy childhood.

‘I’m the youngest of three sisters and my parents have always encouraged all of us to do whatever made us happy.’

In the interview with Hello! magazine, she added: ‘I had a very strong Essex accent when I was younger, and I don’t think I would have got the role of Lady Mary if I’d walked into the audition going, “Allo, nice ter meet ya!”’

Miss Dockery made her TV debut in BBC mini-series Fingersmith in 2005. However, she came to public prominence playing Lady Mary Crawley, and has this year been nominated for the outstanding actress prize at this year’s Emmy awards.

Recalling her childhood in East London, she said in a previous interview: ‘At the age of eight I auditioned for The Sound of Music, and made it through to the third round, where we all stood in a row like the Von Trapp family and had to sing.

‘I belted out my line with real confidence and I could see the casting director and the other adults were impressed by my singing voice.

‘Then we were asked to give our names. The children before me were all enunciating perfectly.

‘When I was asked what experience I had, I replied, “Well, I’ve done lots of shows round Essex but I ain’t done nuffink up the West End.” I instantly suspected I’d blown it. And I had.’

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  posted on Aug 23, 2013
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Michelle Dockery wants man with manners

 

Michelle Dockery likes men who have “a certain sense of chivalry”.

The 31-year-old actress stars as Lady Mary Crawley in the award-winning British TV series Downton Abbey.

Michelle is currently single and wants to find a guy who displays the traits seen in the male characters in the hit period drama.

“And I suppose I like a certain sense of chivalry – I like a man who opens a door for me and pays for dinner – at least on the first few dates. I really notice it if a man does that,” she confessed to the latest edition of Hello! magazine. “Maybe it’s because I’ve got used to the men doing it on Downton Abbey, but I am definitely a romantic.”

After a three-year relationship with architect Trent Davies, Michelle had a brief fling with actor Joseph Millson that ended last year.

The star says her own experiences in love haven’t put her off dating, and she is open to the idea of finding ‘the one’.

“I do believe in one true love,” she continued. “I hope to be married one day. What do I look for in a guy? Well, I do like a man to be smart and well-dressed – I do like a suit.”

In the upcoming fourth series of the show we see Lady Mary struggle to bond with her son George in the wake of her husband’s death.

Michelle wonders if Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were influenced in naming their own child George after seeing the series.

“Well, they called their son George just like Lady Mary does, didn’t they?” she questioned. “So, on the show, we all think that may be the case.”

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  posted on Aug 23, 2013
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Michelle Dockery talks Tom Cullen’s role off-set

 

DAME Maggie Smith and the rest of the Downton Abbey cast have become hooked on a Scrabble-like game in between takes.

And multi award-winning actress Maggie is a whizz at Bananagrams.

The hit show is flying the flag for Britain at the Emmys where it’s up for a 12 gongs – including one for Michelle Dockery who is up for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series for her role as Lady Mary Crawley.

And Michelle told TV Biz that there’s much silliness behind the scenes – thanks to new cast member Tom Cullen.

She says: “Tom has joined as Lord Gillingham and has brought in Bananagrams. It is like Scrabble but there is no board and you have to lose all of the letters in the pile.

“Maggie and Laura Carmichael [Lady Edith Crawley] are really good.

“They usually win. Their vocabulary is bigger than mine I guess.”

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  posted on Jul 23, 2013
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Celebrity Makeovers: Best of 2013 – Michelle Dockery

 

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Downton Abbey’s period costumes inspired Dockery, who plays Lady Mary, to revamp her red carpet style and “take pride in fashion,” she tells Us. Among the first steps she took to update her look: Chopping her locks and ditching dowdy dresses for daring gowns, like the peekaboo Ralph Rucci gown she wore to the 2013 SAG awards.

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  posted on Apr 11, 2013
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Michelle’s Golden Globes Party Foul!

 

Michelle Dockery looked white-hot on the red carpet at the Golden Globes Sunday, Jan. 13, but the English actress wasn’t quite so demure by the end of the night.

The Downton Abbey actress, 31, chatted with pal Julianna Margulies and Margulies’ husband after the awards ceremony had ended, but as the trio worked their way out of the ballroom, they accidentally knocked into a tray passer who happened their way, an eyewitness tells Us Weekly.

Among the items that fell from the tray were several half-full and empty glasses, including one glass of red wine that unfortunately spilled down the length of Dockery’s gorgeous white-and-gold Alexandre Vauthier Couture gown.

Dockery looked horrified and covered her mouth, but in true Lady Mary Crawley form, regained her composure enough to request of a woman in their group, “Will you get me some white wine?”
The actress then covered herself up in a white wrap, trying to hide the tell-tale wine stains as her friends tried to help.

The British import lost the award for Best Actress in a TV Series Drama to Claire Danes earlier in the evening, but still triumphantly topped many best dressed lists for her stunning look.

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  posted on Jan 18, 2013
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Michelle reveals she is a fan of ‘Homeland’

 

Michelle Dockery loves watching Homeland.

The Downton Abbey actress – who portrays Lady Mary in the STV period drama – loves the Channel 4 show about the CIA and its rival, Mad Men, about rival advertising men on Madison Avenue. She admits she enjoys watching the drama programmes a lot more than sitting down to take in a long film.

She said: “I’d love to be part of an American show. I’m obsessed with Homeland and Mad Men. All I really do is watch box sets. My brain is programmed now to only watch things for 40 minutes then go on to the next episode. Films feel like they’re too long nowadays.”

The 30-year-old star is keen to appear in a production alongside Kristen Wiig – who played the lead female role in 2011 comedy movie Bridesmaids – because she believes the 39-year-old star is “one of the most talented actresses” in the industry and thinks she will learn a lot from her.

She added to Stylist magazine: ”I’d love to work with Kristen Wiig; I watched her on Saturday Night Live before she did Bridesmaids and she’s one of the most talented actresses around. And Edie Falco, who played Carmela in The Sopranos and is in Nurse Jackie.

“You learn different things from different people; it’s not necessarily specific, often it’s just watching the way they work. Working with Charlotte Ramping [in Restless] was amazing as I’ve admired her career since I was 16. Shirley MacLaine was fantastic; her body of work is incredible and she is such a lovely person. We all missed her when she left [Downton Abbey].”

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  posted on Nov 08, 2012
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Michelle is “ready for a new challenge”

 

The third series of Downton Abbey has been as big a treat as ever for fans, with more drama, tragedy, romance and lavish costumes to pore over.
For Michelle Dockery, though, the best thing wasn’t visible to the viewing public.

“The corsets have been abandoned,” she smiles. “That was a relief! I finally got to eat a full lunch each day. You certainly feel a lot freer.

“It’s been my favourite season for the fashions,” she adds. “And the hairstyles have changed significantly. We’re not quite into the Roaring 20s and flapper dresses, but there are lots of diamanté tiaras…”

If anyone can speak with authority about such matters, it’s Michelle. As ravishing newlywed Lady Mary Crawley, she has the show’s most envied wardrobe (a recent poll confirms it) and it’s clearly a responsibility she carries off screen, too.

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  posted on Nov 04, 2012
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Michelle Dockery Talks Surprising ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 3

 

There’s no doubt that Lady Mary’s (Michelle Dockery) character has changed since the first few episodes of “Downton Abbey.”

But while chatting with “Mad Men” star Elisabeth Moss for Interview magazine, Dockery admitted she was surprised by just how different her character became.

“When I first read the role, I assumed [Lady Mary] would stay — a not very emotional, very tough aristocrat. And then, episode by episode, her character just softens,” Dockery said, “particularly in Season Two, because she discovers that she’s actually deeply in love with Matthew and is devastated to find that he’s engaged to someone else.

“What’s interesting about the new season is that some characters can’t quite adapt to the rapid changes that occur after the First World War … particularly Lord Grantham and, of course, Violet [Dowager Countess of Grantham] … They find it difficult to adapt, whereas Mary goes along with the changes quite well in the third season.”

Season 2 of “Downton Abbey” saw a more soap-like plot, largely brought on by the first world war.

“This is going to sound quite, um, pretentious, but someone said that it’s like a soap written by a poet,” Dockery said in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar in August. “I used to get quite defensive of people saying it’s soap-like, but it kind of is.”

Season 3 of “Downton Abbey” will premiere in the U.S. in January 2013.

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  posted on Oct 20, 2012
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