|Occupation Actress, singer|
Name Michelle Dockery
|Known for Downton Abbey|
Years active 2000–present
Height 1.73 m
|Born 15 December 1981 (age 34) (1981-12-15) Rush Green, London, England|
Partner(s) John Dineen (2013-2015, his death)
Parents Michael Dockery, Lorraine Dockery
Siblings Joanne Dockery, Louise Dockery
Education Chadwell Heath Academy, Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Movies and TV shows Downton Abbey, Non‑Stop, Self/less, Terry Pratchett's Hogfather, Anna Karenina
Similar People Laura Carmichael, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Joanne Froggatt, Dan Stevens
Michelle dockery and dan stevens
Michelle Suzanne Dockery (born 15 December 1981) is an English actress and singer. She is most widely known for her performance as Lady Mary Crawley in the ITV (UK) and PBS (U.S.) television period drama series Downton Abbey (2010–15), for which she was nominated for three consecutive Emmy Awards in the category for Outstanding Lead Actress In Drama Series, and a Golden Globe Award nomination. 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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- Michelle Dockery Sinks from Downton Abbey Nobility to a Drug Addict Thief
- Early life
- Film and television
- Charity work
- Personal life
For her role in the 2009 play Burnt by the Sun, she earned an Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Her other notable stage credits include Pillars of the Community (2005) and Hamlet (2010). She has also appeared in the films Hanna (2011), Anna Karenina (2012) and Non-Stop (2014).
As of late autumn 2016, Dockery is portraying the lead role of a drug-addicted, alcoholic, American con artist in the U.S. drama series Good Behavior on the U.S. basic-cable network TNT.
Michelle Dockery Sinks from Downton Abbey Nobility to a Drug Addict Thief
Dockery was born at Rush Green Hospital in Rush Green, London, to Lorraine (née Witton) and Michael Francis Dockery, an Irish former lorry driver and later an environmental analyst. She grew up in Romford, in East London, and she still has traces of an Estuary accent. She says, "I'll never sound like Lady Mary, although my Essex accent has softened over the years. But it comes back if I've had a couple of drinks or if I am around my family".
Dockery has two older sisters, Louise and Joanne. She was educated first at Chadwell Heath Academy, and later at the Finch Stage School.
Dockery confirms in an 2017 interview with Parade that if you asked her parents when she began performing they would answer that it was when she was 2 or 3 years old. “I wanted to entertain from such a young age, doing impersonations and putting on plays with my sisters,” says Dockery. “I always had it in me and loved it.” She remembers being 9 and performing for family members when they came to visit.
After her A Levels, she enrolled at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she was awarded the Gold Medal for Drama at her graduation in 2004.
Dockery was a member of the National Youth Theatre. She made her professional debut in His Dark Materials at the Royal National Theatre in 2004. In 2006, she was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award for her performance as Dina Dorf in Pillars of the Community at the National Theatre. She appeared in Burnt by the Sun at the National Theatre, for which she received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
She won second prize at the Ian Charleson Awards for her performance as Eliza Doolittle in Peter Hall's production of Pygmalion at the Theatre Royal, Bath, which toured the UK and transferred to The Old Vic in 2008, and for the same production was nominated Best Newcomer at the Evening Standard Awards 2008.
Film and television
Dockery made her television debut as Betty in Fingersmith in 2005. In 2006, she starred as Susan Sto Helit in a two-part adaptation of Terry Pratchett's novel Hogfather. In 2008, Dockery played Kathryn in Channel 4's The Red Riding Trilogy and played the guest lead of tormented rape victim Gemma Morrison in BBC's Waking the Dead. In 2009, she appeared in the two-part Cranford Christmas special for the BBC, and she also starred as the lead character, as the young governess, in a modernised BBC adaptation of The Turn of the Screw with her future Downton Abbey co-star Dan Stevens, in the role of her psychiatrist.
Dockery came to public prominence in 2010 when she played Lady Mary Crawley in Julian Fellowes' series Downton Abbey. Downton Abbey was filmed from February–August 2010-15. The series was broadcast on ITV September–November, with a special Christmas night episode for Series 2-6 in 2011-15, with a later airing schedule in the U.S. for PBS.
For her role as Lady Mary Crawley in the Downton Abbey series, Dockery received three consecutive Emmy Award nominations in the category for Outstanding Lead Actress In Drama Series - 2012, 2013, and 2014. She also earned a Golden Globe nomination in 2013.
Dockery's first big screen role was as False Marissa in Hanna (2011). In 2012, she appeared as Princess Myagkaya in the film adaptation of Anna Karenina and starred with Charlotte Rampling in a two-part dramatisation of William Boyd's spy thriller Restless on BBC One. In January 2014, she appeared in the action thriller feature film Non-Stop alongside co-stars Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, and Lupita Nyong'o.
In 2014, Dockery was made Fellow of the Guildhall School in recognition of her achievements in television. In 2014, Dockery was listed in The Sunday Times Britain's 500 Most Influential People, which is a compilation of the most significant individuals in the UK who have demonstrated outstanding qualities of influence, achievement and inspiration.
A departure from her portrayal as Lady Mary in Downton Abbey, Dockery advanced her Hollywood career with a 2015 performance in sci-fi thriller feature film Self/less with Ryan Reynolds.
Beginning in November 2016, Dockery stars in the lead role of Letty Raines in Good Behavior, an American drama series based on the novella series by Blake Crouch. Letty is a drug-addicted thief and con-artist who, released early from prison on good behavior, is attempting to get her life under control. This is complicated by a chance meeting and subsequent entanglement with a charismatic hitman, played by Juan Diego Botto. The 10-episode first season, airing on U.S. basic-cable network TNT, was filmed in and around Wilmington, North Carolina. In January 2017, the show was picked up for a second season.
In 2017, Dockery stars alongside Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, and Emily Mortimer in the upcoming British film The Sense of an Ending from CBS Films, based on the Booker-winning novel of the same name by Julian Barnes. She plays Susie Webster, the daughter of Tony Webster (Jim Broadbent), a man who lives in quiet unquestioning solitude until he confronts secrets of his past. "The film is a beautiful adaptation of the book which I love. And I jumped at the chance to work with director Ritesh Batra, who also filmed The Lunchbox (2013)", explains Dockery.
Dockery is a trained singer. She sang at the 50th Anniversary of Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London and has occasionally sung with Sadie and the Hotheads, a band formed by Elizabeth McGovern, who played her mother in Downton Abbey. Dockery cites her musical influences as Peggy Lee, Melody Gardot and Billie Holiday in her more melancholy moods. In 2014, she revealed her music influences varied from the likes of Oasis to Joni Mitchell and Frank Sinatra, noting that, "My family bought me some old vinyl records for my 30th birthday, so I'm gradually building my own collection. "I've got some Joni Mitchell, Oasis and the Doors, old standards like Frank Sinatra and Nina Simone, and then what I listened to as a teen", she confirmed to the Mirror UK.
In 2014, along with 8 other A-list stars, Dockery was featured in an exclusive short film for Stand Up to Cancer, spreading the urgent message that we need to act now to accelerate new cancer treatments to UK patients and save more lives.
Dockery's fiancé John Dineen died of a rare form of cancer on 13 December 2015, at Marymount Hospice in Cork, Ireland, with Dockery at his bedside - where he was being cared for in recent weeks. Originally from Waterfall near Cork city, Dineen had been working with the FTI Consulting firm in London when he was diagnosed with the illness. Dineen was aged 34 at the time of his passing. Her relationship with Dineen is thought to have begun in September 2013 after they were introduced by the Irish actor Allen Leech, who starred alongside Dockery in Downton Abbey. The couple were first pictured together as they holidayed in Venice, Italy, during that year’s 70th International Venice Film Festival. The family appealed for privacy as they made the final preparations for a private funeral service in Cork, "The family is very grateful for the support and kindness they have received but would kindly request that they are left to grieve in private", a spokeswoman for the actress said.
The couple had made headlines earlier in 2015, when it was reported that Dockery was showing off a diamond ring to her co-stars during screen tests. But they guarded their privacy closely, with Dockery only briefly referencing Dineen in an interview more than a year ago when she said she had a "wonderful man in my life from Ireland". In an interview with Red Magazine, published in November 2015, she also spoke of the security her relationship brought her. "I've got people around me who I can turn to for advice: my mum, and my partner, John. But, at this stage, my instincts are pretty good", she said. Leech has said of introducing the pair: "John's like family to me and I knew he'd really get on with Michelle. She's a great girl – probably as far from Lady Mary as you could imagine".
In 2016, Dockery has praised her family and friends with helping her cope following her fiance's death. Confirming in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, that it is not something she wants to talk about, but she allows that family and friends helped her through the dark time following Dineen's death. "No one I would name because I am very private about my private life", she says, "But friends and family see you through the most difficult times." Acting, too, served as a "release" and "Home is wherever I'm working at the moment - For the last year I have moved around a lot and hopefully I will be in Wilmington again," she confirmed. "I just enjoy acting, whatever area – theatre, film, television."