Michelle Dockery

Michelle Dockery

Actor
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Life Story

Michelle Suzanne Dockery born 15 December 1981 is an English actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Lady Mary Crawley in the ITV drama series Downton Abbey (2010-2015), for which she has been nominated for three consecutive Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. She made her professional stage debut in His Dark Materials in 2004. For her role as Eliza Doolittle in the 2007 London revival of Pygmalion, she was nominated for the Evening Standard Award.

 

 
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Graduated from Guildhall School of Music & Drama (London) in 2004.
Apprenticed at London's National Theatre.
Won the Gold Medal for Drama at the world-renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the most prestigious award given by the school.
Aside from acting, Dockery is also an accomplished jazz singer. She has sung several times at famous London jazz club Ronnie Scotts', as well as making appearances at several festivals. Sometimes she collaborates with Downton Abbey (2010) co-star Elizabeth McGovern and her band Sadie and the Hotheads.
Younger sister of Louise Sarah (b. 1976) and Joanne Michelle Dockery (b. 1978).
Daughter of Michael and Lorraine (née Witton) Dockery.
Counts My So-Called Life (1994) and Mad Men (2007) among her favorite TV shows. Most personally identifies with Julia Louis-Dreyfus's character Elaine from Seinfeld (1989).
First realized that Downton Abbey (2010) was a transatlantic hit TV series when she was recognized in Manhattan at a Greenwich Village café.
Enjoys Breaking Bad (2008) and Game of Thrones (2011).
Carries around a gray Sylvanian rabbit named 'Little Lady Mary' based on the fan created You Tube video series, Dollshouse Downton. In it Dockery's character, Lady Mary Crawley, is played by such a gray Sylvanian rabbit.
Before drama school, admits to having lost out on roles when she was younger due to her Essex accent.
In addition to acting, she is also proficient in dancing and playing the guitar.
Active with several charities over the years. Patron of Changing Faces, the facial disfigurement charity.
Michelle's good friend Sarah Solemani spoofs her Downton Abbey (2010) Lady Mary character in Comic Relief: Uptown Downstairs Abbey (2011).
Father Michael was born in Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland, into a family of 9 siblings.
Is a big fan of American jazz singer-pianist Melody Gardot.
Was engaged to Irish PR director John Dineen on Valentine's Day in February 2015, but he died from cancer 13 December 2015 just two days before Michelle's 34th birthday. The couple had been introduced by Irish actor Allen Leech. In the TV series episode Good Behavior: Beautiful Things Deserve Beautiful Things (2016) featuring Dockery, Dineen is accorded an "In Loving Memory" dedication in the closing credits. At the funeral in County, Cork, Ireland (16 Dec. 2015), Michelle performed her late fiancé's favorite song "The Folks Who Live On the Hill".

 

Personal Quotes 

Downton Abbey (2010) has become this huge thing, and I really enjoy the success of it, but I sometimes find myself on the outside looking in.
In the first season of Downton Abbey (2010) we see the three sisters, and pretty much all they do is change clothes three times a day.
Shakespeare is renewed each time you see it or read it. I've seen 'Midsummer Night's Dream' so many times, and each time it's a little different, or a different line leaps out at me. It's like re-reading a good book over and over, always noticing something you hadn't seen the time before - and that's rare.
I don't mind wearing a corset, it informs your posture, changes the way you move, you can't slouch.
I want a house with a garden, but slap bang in the center of London. Next door to a sushi bar.
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 really enjoy singing, it's entirely different to acting because I'm just being myself.
I'm quite into the French way - simple elegance with just a suggestion of sexiness, nothing vulgar.
My godchildren went to see Taylor Swift in concert and got to meet her. They literally ran toward her and hugged her, and it was amazing. I got big bonus points for it. I'll remind them when they're teenagers.
Shakespeare and his work will always be relevant. He wrote those pieces hundreds of years ago and we haven't really changed as humans, have we? We have to deal with love, honor and adultery now - people were the same then, too - that's what's so wonderful and powerful.
The journey matters as much as the destination. By engaging in the moment on set, I've stopped rushing and now find pleasure in the collaborative process - the characters, the costumes - rather than worrying about the finished product.
I do believe in one true love.
I love cycling, but if I could find a way of building something above the streets for cyclists, that would be amazing. We need even more space.
Playing Isabella in 'Measure for Measure' pushed me to my limits. Janet Suzman was directing, and she was very hard on me. I went through phases of not liking her at the time, but I loved her for it in the end.

 

 
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