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Overview (3)

Born in Barking, Essex, England, UK
Birth NameMichelle Suzanne Dockery
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: scaryofmonsters

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Alabaster complexion

Trivia (20)

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".
Close friend of Downton Abbey (2010) co-star Laura Carmichael.
Aspinal of London created a new line of totes/handbags in her name: "The Dockery Collection" for both men and women. The esteemed Aspinal brand has been a personal royalty favorite of Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton. [2016]
Nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category for her role as Alice Fletcher in Godless (2017), but lost to Regina King from Seven Seconds (2018).

Personal Quotes (72)

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.
'Expect nothing and hope for the best' is my mantra. A drama teacher called Joseph Blatchley told me that, and it's the best advice I've had. If you keep an open mind and don't expect too much, then you won't be disappointed.
In the early '20s, with the war over, there was a period of celebration, and you can see it in the fashion.
I just enjoy acting, whatever area - theatre, film, television.
I regret not learning to drive when I was younger.
Silk scarves are my thing. I tie them to my handbag or thread them through belt loops or wear them in my hair. Never round my neck, though.
I'm not on Twitter, but I am on Instagram and follow Lena Dunham and Usher Raymond.
I think so often you can come out of drama school and get thrown in the deep end.
We take so many of our freedoms for granted nowadays - I can travel where I like, I can do any job I want - but I think chivalry has been lost a little bit.
Laugh at yourself - a lot. My mum taught me not to take myself too seriously.
It is impossible to watch a Friends (1994) episode too many times. Phoebe is my favorite character. I used to play her songs on the guitar when I was a teenager. 'Smelly Cat' is very easy. It's only about three chords.
I come from a very working-class background, so my family would have been downstairs in the past, as opposed to upstairs. People are often quite surprised to hear that, that I'm not actually posh.
I had dance training from a very young age, 3 or 4... It taught me how to present myself, about preparation and working in an ensemble, and it's something that carries with me to this day.
If Shakespeare was around today I would ask him out to dinner. The only thing I don't like about him is the way he did his hair.
I get so excited about reading a new script.
I think some period drama can be quite alienating, but 'Downton' isn't. This is going to sound quite, um, pretentious, but someone said that it's like a soap written by a poet.
The kitchen is the most important place in any house. Visit your family, and that's where you'll end up. Go to a party, that's where everyone congregates.
For years, I was often afraid to speak up when I didn't fully understand a script. I'd tie myself in knots.
I think the first time I realized Downton Abbey (2010) was a hit was when I was sitting in a tea shop in New York and the couple next to me were talking about Downton Abbey (2010) and then they recognized me.
I just want a really varied career, and just to keep going, really.
I love discovering tiny streets.
Cooking can cure almost anything.
I don't get recognized all the time, but it tends to happen more in America, and people are so lovely when they do.
I don't have to walk around in hats or find remote places to go for lunch! I don't get recognized that often.
I wasn't an academic. I hated maths and science at school. I couldn't concentrate.
Being in the same scenes as Maggie Smith and Shirley MacLaine is something I will never forget.
I loved the 'Die Hard' films growing up and the 'Taken' movies. They're so entertaining, and I enjoy being on the edge of my seat.
I think my parents knew before I did that I was going to be an actress, because I was doing impressions of Margaret Thatcher at the age of four.
A good friend of mine works at Oxfam and has been closely involved in the charity's aid efforts in Syria.
I can be so blown away by story lines.
When I was a child, I went to stage school three times a week in the evenings - singing, ballet, tap, modern and acting, and I loved it.
I'm taller than most actresses, so most corsets tend to be too short in the body.
I worked out; I moved 16 times from the age of 19, just hopping about from different flats, because I couldn't always afford to stay.
I'd like to do something that involves music.
You learn an incredible amount doing theatre, not just about to behave.
I'm the youngest of three sisters, and my parents have always encouraged all of us to do whatever made us happy.
I've had moments of thinking maybe I should go on Twitter. It's something that I've been shy about, and I've thought that maybe I should do it.
I'm not from aristocracy, or anything like that.
I'm quite surprised at how out of control I can be on stage because, actually, I find I like to be in control in life. It's quite freeing, really.
In my twenties, I was a bit of a worrier; it bothered me what people thought of me, what job I was doing.
It's old news, me and my accent, but it always seems to make headlines.
It's always fun to play dress up.
It's great to have a home and everything else that comes with it.
My mum taught me always to see the funny side of things.
The way I see it, the third series of Downton Abbey (2010) is all about change and how each character adapts to those changes.
You can find a connection with any Shakespeare role you play.
People will consider me a part of their lives for however long Downton Abbey (2010) lasts. It's a lovely thing to feel as an actor.
Shakespeare's work is like a good song: you never really forget the main lines.
Until I was 27, I'd maybe been to America once and, like, Ibiza when I was 18. That was it.
There's no particular role that comes to mind that I'd like to take on, but for me, it's about playing interesting characters and not just two-dimensional ones.
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, which is sort of a healthy way to look at it so you don't get too caught up in it.
It's a bit of a history lesson, being an actor. I was in 'Burnt By The Sun' at the National, which was set in Stalinist Russia, so I discovered all about that. You learn so much as you go along.
I love singing live, actually. And I'm dying to sing in a role, whether it's in a musical or a biographical film about a singer. It's always been one of my aspirations.
My family keeps me sane. I try to talk to my mum every other day. After I get off the phone, I have a renewed sense of clarity, so I guess a problem shared is a problem lost. It's important to me to keep them close.
The whole acting game can sometimes be a bit false, and you meet a lot of people in it for the fame - so there's nothing I love more than going back to Essex.
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'm not accident prone, really, but I was cutting something and sort of lost control, and it went through my big toe. There was a lot of blood and I nearly fainted, but its totally fine now.
'Othello' was my first Shakespearean discovery. I was obsessed with drama at school, and I studied the play for my English GCSE. Desdemona is the part that everyone wants, but Iago's wife Emilia is the one I've always been drawn to.
I think the success of 'Downton' is partly because there are effectively 18 leading characters, all given equal importance, so it's enormously involving on many levels. But also, it's a new story. It's not like Dickens or Austen, where everyone knows the denouement.

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