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Emmy watch: ‘Downton’s’ Michelle Dockery sings out about her role


I’m sitting in a Beverly Hills ballroom with Michelle Dockery. We’re the only two people in the room, which, though, lacking in grandeur, is large enough for a “Downton Abbey” soiree.

“I’ll need to project my voice,” says the British actress, surveying the scene.

Having grown up middle-class, Dockery’s accent isn’t as posh as that of her character’s on the hit series. In “Downton,” she plays Lady Mary, the eldest daughter of the Crawley family, owners of the vast country estate.

For most of the first three years of the show, Mary has had a decidedly “upstairs” attitude. On the other hand, Dockery — who is nominated for an Emmy as best actress in a series — comes across as pretty salt of the earth.

Created by Julian Fellowes, “Downton,” which is aired in more than 100 countries, is one of the of the most watched shows in the world and has a dedicated fan base. Now “Downton” fans are in a tizzy wondering what will happen to Lady Mary after the shocking Season 3 finale, in which her husband, Matthew (Dan Stevens) is killed in a car crash shortly after she has just given birth to their son and Downton heir.

“It’s an interesting season,” muses the 31-year-old actress, who only had a couple more days of shooting left in Season 4 when we talked. “It’s such a change – again – for the character. She’s gone through all these ups and downs. She started off quite hard and then she softened and finally got her man. Now that it’s all gone, she’s almost reverted back to being very cold again, which I admit I have enjoyed playing.”

Matthew’s death, says Dockery, sets off a domino effect of changes for the new season, which begins airing in Britain on Sept. 22, but not in the U.S. until next Jan.5.

For the record, Stevens’ departure was his own choice. His contract was up and he decided not to renew it, feeling that “Downton’s” six-month shooting schedule didn’t allow him enough time to pursue other roles. Fellowes had him go in dramatic fashion, though.

“I just felt I wasn’t ready to finish,” says Dockery, who had the same option. “It was sad to hear that Dan was going, but it also opened some storytelling opportunities for Julian.”

While the massive success of the series is as a surprise to her as it was to many people, Dockery says she can understand it. She, herself, was a “Sex and the City” devotee.

“I was completely addicted to it,” she says. ”I’d watch certain episodes when certain things were going on in my life and I felt those were comforting.”

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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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Michelle Dockery adds a touch of class


Lady Mary shows some leg!

“Downton Abbey” star Michelle Dockery — you know, the one with a voice like cut glass — joined her actress sister Jo for a Red magazine October cover shoot on London’s bucolic Hampstead Heath. In oversized coats and dungarees, they rode bikes, climbed trees and talked about growing up together in the ordinary suburb of Chad-well Heath in Essex. Their mother raised them and their middle sister, Louise, to remain as down to earth as possible.

“The way we were brought up means our expectations are never too high, so everything is like an amazing surprise,” says Michelle, 31. “Mum’s favorite 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. On ‘Downton,’ we always get asked, ‘What’s next, Hollywood?’ But I’m in this amazing show and really enjoying it. Why should I think beyond that? Right now, this is enough.”

Jo, 33, reveals that her sister’s performance on “Downton Abbey” is really an extended version of her “posh lady impression.”

“She’s been doing impressions since the age of five and the only difference is that now everyone knows about it,” says Jo. “I’ve always known what she can do. The rest of the world has just caught up.”

“Downton Abbey” returns to PBS in January 2014. The full interview with Dockery appears in the October issue of Red, on sale September 4, which is also available as a digital edition.


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The Hollywood Reporter: Exclusive Portraits of ‘Downton Abbey’s’ Michelle Dockery


Dockery on the death of Matt Crawley and her character Mary Crawley: “We knew quite early that Dan [Stevens] was leaving, but we certainly didn’t know how the story would pan out. Now going into [season] four, there is definitely more focus for me on Mary being in a very, very dark place.”

“I’ve thought about what I would be if I weren’t acting, and I’d probably have been a dancer, I think, because that’s what I started out doing,” Dockery explained. “I auditioned for musicals when I was 16 or 17. And I didn’t get any!”

“But it’s strange, even though so much has happened since we started, I feel as an actor that the mood and tone has stayed the same as it was when the series began,” commented Dockery.

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Life & Style Weekly: Michelle’s ‘Downton Abbey’ Crush


Are you just as obsessed with Downton Abbey as we are? This week, we had the pleasure of interviewing one of the show’s stars, Michelle Dockery, for our My Life, My Style section.

And the brunette beauty answered all of our burning questions—including her celebrity crush…on her co-star!

My celeb crush is…
Jim Carter, who plays Mr. Carson on Downton Abbey.

I’d love to work with…
Kristen Wiig. I watched her on Saturday Night Live before Bridesmaids, and she’s one of the most talented actresses.

The most expensive gown I’ve ever borrowed was…
Probably the Ralph Lauren Collection dress I wore to the Met Ball last year. That was quite the party.

(Source & for the full interview, pick up the new issue of Life & Style, on stands now)

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InStyle US February 2013 Issue Scans


Thanks to Nicole, I have added scans to the gallery of Michelle in February 2013′s US issue of InStyle. She looks GORGEOUS!

Magazine Scans > InStyle US (February 2013)

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Vanity Fair’s ‘Portrait of a Lady’


As Downton Abbey’s third season gets under way in the U.S., Michelle Dockery—whose beauty and intelligence have made Lady Mary Crawley so transfixing—sits for illustrator David Downton, and Laura Jacobs gets impressions from both.

It’s all in the gaze. “She thinks before she speaks,” says actress Michelle Dockery of Lady Mary Crawley, the character she plays on Masterpiece’s hit series Downton Abbey. “From the get-go Mary has always been someone who thinks.” The same can be said of Dockery, who recently spent an afternoon at Claridge’s in London with the celebrated illustrator David Downton, master of the light touch that goes deep. “The sense I had of Michelle,” says Downton, “is of somebody that is very intelligent and very ‘watchful’ … no, ‘watchful’ is the wrong word. She’s alive to life, to what’s going on.”

For three hours the artist sketched, the actress wore Givenchy and Balenciaga and Oscar de la Renta, and the two “Downtons” talked while a face was captured. Regal in the cheekbones, between-the-wars in her aloof beauty and that arched eyebrow, it’s a face that can go icy in an instant or warm like the dawn. “She has that thing of being classic and contemporary,” explains Downton, “that very strange mix where she looks at home, at ease, in period. But there’s also a glimmer, a spark.”

That glimmer and spark was recently brought to the Sundance Channel’s Restless, in which Dockery played the daughter of a W.W. II spy. Due out in 2013 is the airborne thriller Non-Stop, with Dockery starring alongside Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore.

“She’s worked. She’s 30. She’s ready,” says Downton. “There’s a sense with her of ‘Isn’t this great? This is a golden hour!’ And I love that in a person, when they know.”

“I do know,” says Dockery. “And I relish it as much as I can. I’ve never been someone who expects too much, I guess to avoid the disappointment. And I know it will end at some point. So I try not to let anything dampen how amazing it all really is.” This moment, her likeness, in the air.


Photoshoots > Sessions – 2013 > David Downton [+3]

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New York Magazine: Uncostumed Drama


Michelle Dockery
Lady Mary Crawley

What do you and Lady Mary have most in common?
She’s a very sensitive person underneath this cold exterior. I can sometimes relate to that strength she has on the outside. But we’re quite different in many ways.

How so?
I am, maybe, not quite as blunt as she is.

What frustrates you the most about her?
I think just her meanness toward Edith. I think if I were a friend of Edith’s, I’d stick up for her.

Why doesn’t Lady Mary have more dresses?
I think she has plenty. The amount of changes we do every day—she couldn’t possibly have any more! That would be really greedy. In the second series, we didn’t have quite so many changes because the war was on and it seemed inappropriate. But for the third series, there’s slightly more glamour; the war is over, the diamonds are out. —Katie Van Syckle


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Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery: At first Lady Mary was quite vicious!


Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery admits she finds it hard to relate to the tense relationships within her on-screen family.

Like her character Lady Mary Crawley, Michelle, 30, grew up as one of three sisters – but the dynamic between her real-life siblings is unlike the complex bond between Lady Mary and surviving sibling Edith Crawley.

‘We’re like best friends,’ the actress explains.

‘The tussle with Mary and Edith is something I’m not familiar with at all.

‘We’re not like that in my family – we don’t argue.

‘But the arguments are really fun to play.

‘Laura [Carmichael] and I are great friends, so it’s all done with a sense of humour.’

Although Michelle shares few character traits with Lady Mary, she enjoys playing the sharp-tongued toff.

‘At first she was quite vicious,’ Michelle tells S magazine.

‘But she’s become much more vulnerable and her complexities are wonderful to play.

‘She really has softened as the show has gone on.’


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Ten Questions with Michelle Dockery for Ralph Lauren Magazine


Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary Crawley in the Masterpiece/PBS drama Downton Abbey

RL—Before Downton Abbey, you had already earned a name for yourself in Britain. How did you begin your career, and what was your first big break?
I started out at the National Theatre after leaving drama school and continued to do more theater after my time there. I played Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion at the Old Vic, directed by Sir Peter Hall. I guess that was my breakthrough role. My casting for Downton partly came from that performance because the show’s executive producer had seen me as Eliza.

RL—Beyond film and TV, you’ve developed an impressive background working in theater. How does acting on camera differ from performing onstage? Do you prefer one to the other?
It’s hard to compare one to the other. They are so different. I love both, but my roots still lie in theater.

RL—Did you expect Downton Abbey’s overwhelming success?
We had no idea. You never really know how something will be received.

RL—Why do you think a period drama of its kind has become such an international hit in this day and age?
It’s a combination of things: the writing, the characters, the costumes, the cinematography, the era it is set in. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what it is that appeals to people, but when all these elements come together, they create something special.

RL—Are there any aspects of Lady Mary that came naturally to you? Any parts of her character that you identified with?
Mary and I are quite different. I guess I liked her snobbishness in the beginning—she was very different from anyone I had played before. Since that frosty start, Mary has been on such an interesting emotional journey, and I love playing her.

RL—The exquisite costumes are reason enough to watch the show, and there’s no denying the style on Downton has taken the fashion industry by storm. Has assuming the character of Lady Mary influenced your personal style at all?
Our costume designers Susannah Buxton [series one and two] and Caroline McCall [series three] have certainly influenced me. Susannah is always insistent that simplicity is the way forward. Their work is incredible, and I am not surprised that their designs have been a source of inspiration for the fashion world.

RL—Speaking of personal style, you’re becoming known for your fashion choices off the show, as well. How would you describe your style?
Understated! Although I love trying out different looks on photo shoots. I would say I’m quite classic in my style, and I look at French Vogue for inspiration.

RL—After hearing your performances at the London Jazz Festival in 2011, we’re intrigued by your talents as a singer. Do you have any music-related projects on the horizon?
Not just yet. The third season [of Downton Abbey] has taken up most of the year, but I intend to start singing again soon. I also bought a piano recently and have started playing again.

RL—What are you currently working on, and what types of roles are you interested in taking in the future?
I’m about to start filming a spy thriller called Restless that’s based on the novel by William Boyd. It is a miniseries for the BBC, and I will be working with Charlotte Rampling. It’s a wonderful script, and I’m excited to do something contemporary.


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