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Michelle Dockery

Biography

Performed Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey and portrayed Princess Myagkaya within the 2012 award-winning film Anna Karenina. She researched at London’s Guildhall College of Music & Crisis, where she earned the school’s highest prize. After she begun to end up being known in Manhattan, she noticed Downtown Abbey was a global hit. She’s two old sisters: Joanne, who also proved helpful as an celebrity, and Louise who proved helpful as a instructor in Barcelona. She was involved to John Dineen until he passed on because of a rare type of tumor in 2015. She’s stated she can individually relate with Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Seinfeld personality, Elaine.

Quick Facts


Full Name Michelle Dockery
Date Of Birth December 15, 1981
Place Of Birth Romford, England
Height 1.73 m
Profession TV Actress
Education Chadwell Heath Academy, Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Nationality British
Parents Michael Dockery, Lorraine Dockery
Siblings Joanne Dockery, Louise Dockery
Awards Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Glamour Editor's Award
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Movies The Sense of an Ending, Many Beautiful Things, Self/less, Non-Stop, Anna Karenina, Hanna, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, The Turn of the Screw, Red Riding: 1974, Red Riding: 1983, Poppy Shakespeare, Hogfather, Shades Of Beige
TV Shows Downton Abbey, Restless, Red Riding, Good Behavior, Godless, Hogfather
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1 Close friend of Downton Abbey (2010) co-star Laura Carmichael.
2 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".
3 Is a big fan of American jazz singer-pianist Melody Gardot.
4 Father Michael was born in Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland, into a family of 9 siblings.
5 Michelle's good friend Sarah Solemani spoofs her Downton Abbey (2010) Lady Mary character in Comic Relief: Uptown Downstairs Abbey (2011).
6 Active with several charities over the years. Patron of Changing Faces, the facial disfigurement charity.
7 In addition to acting, she is also proficient in dancing and playing the guitar.
8 Before drama school, admits to having lost out on roles when she was younger due to her Essex accent.
9 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.
10 Enjoys Breaking Bad (2008) and Game of Thrones (2011).
11 First realized that Downton Abbey (2010) was a transatlantic hit TV series when she was recognized in Manhattan at a Greenwich Village café.
12 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).
13 Daughter of Michael and Lorraine (née Witton) Dockery.
14 Younger sister of Louise Sarah (b. 1976) and Joanne Michelle Dockery (b. 1978).
15 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.
16 Won the Gold Medal for Drama at the world-renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the most prestigious award given by the school.
17 Apprenticed at London's National Theatre.
18 Graduated from Guildhall School of Music & Drama (London) in 2004.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Good Behavior 2016-2017 TV Series Letty
The Sense of an Ending 2017 Susie Webster
Godless 2017 TV Series Alice Fletcher
Downton Abbey 2010-2015 TV Series Lady Mary Crawley
Self/less 2015 Claire
Text Santa 2014 2014 TV Movie Lady Mary Crawley
Non-Stop 2014 Nancy
Tough Justice 2014 Video short
Family Guy 2013 TV Series British Woman
American Dad! 2012 TV Series Narrator
Restless 2012 TV Movie Ruth Gilmartin
Anna Karenina 2012/I Princess Myagkaya
The Hollow Crown 2012 TV Series Kate Percy
Out of Time 2012 Short Woman
Hanna 2011 False Marissa
Shades of Beige 2010 Short Jodie
Spoiler 2010 Short Goth Girl
The Turn of the Screw 2009 TV Movie Ann
Cranford 2009 TV Series Erminia Whyte
Waking the Dead 2009 TV Series Gemma Morrison
The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler 2009 TV Movie Ewa Rozenfeld
Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1974 2009 TV Movie Kathryn Tyler
Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1983 2009 TV Movie Kathryn Tyler
Heartbeat 2008 TV Series Sue Padgett
Poppy Shakespeare 2008 TV Movie Dawn
Dalziel and Pascoe 2007 TV Series Aimee Hobbs
Consent 2007 TV Movie
Hogfather 2006 TV Movie Susan / Death of Rats (as Michelle Dockery, Dorckey Hellmice)
Fingersmith 2005 TV Mini-Series Betty

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Downton Abbey 2011-2014 TV Series performer - 2 episodes

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CBS This Morning 2017 TV Series Herself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2016-2017 TV Series Herself - Guest
23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2017 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Skavlan 2017 TV Series Herself - Guest
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015-2016 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2016 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards 2016 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2015 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Talk 2015 TV Series Herself - Guest
Good Morning America 2015 TV Series Herself - Guest
Many Beautiful Things 2015 Documentary Lilias Trotter (voice)
Today at Wimbledon 2015 TV Series Herself - Spectator
Wimbledon 2015 TV Series Herself - Spectator
Japan: Earth's Enchanted Islands 2015 TV Series documentary Narrator
BBC News 8pm Summary 2015 TV Series short Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2014 TV Series Herself
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
E! News 2014 TV Series Herself
Extra 2014 TV Series Herself
Chelsea Lately 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
Conan 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2014 TV Series Herself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
The View 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Creating the Stunning Costumes of Anna Karenina 2013 Video documentary short Herself
Keira Knightley: Becoming Anna 2013 Video documentary short Herself
19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 TV Special Herself - Winner: Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series
70th Golden Globe Awards 2013 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a TV Series - Drama
Downton Abbey Revisited 2012 TV Movie documentary Herself / Lady Mary Crawley
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 TV Special Herself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Nimrod Visits Downton Abbey 2012 TV Short documentary Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Jonathan Ross Show 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
Downton Abbey: Behind the Drama 2011 TV Movie Herself
Breakfast 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
Cranford in Detail 2009 Video documentary short Herself - Erminia Whyte
The Whole Hog: Making Terry Pratchett's 'Hogfather' 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
This Morning 2011 TV Series Lady Mary Crawley
TV Burp 2011 TV Series Lady Mary Crawley

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Downton Abbey (2010) · Hugh Bonneville
· Laura Carmichael
· Jim Carter
· Raquel Cassidy
· Brendan Coyle
· Tom Cullen
· Kevin Doyle
· Joanne Froggatt
· Lily James
· Rob James-Collier
· Allen Leech
· Phyllis Logan
· Elizabeth McGovern
· Sophie McShera
· Lesley Nicol
· Julian Ovenden
· David Robb
· Maggie Smith
· Penelope Wilton
2015 Harper's Bazaar Award Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards Television Icon Downton Abbey (2010)
2015 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Downton Abbey (2010) · Hugh Bonneville
· Laura Carmichael
· Jim Carter
· Brendan Coyle
· Kevin Doyle
· Joanne Froggatt
· Lily James
· Rob James-Collier
· Allen Leech
· Phyllis Logan
· Elizabeth McGovern
· Sophie McShera
· Matt Milne
· Lesley Nicol
· David Robb
· Maggie Smith
· Ed Speleers
· Cara Theobold
· Penelope Wilton
2013 Huading Award Huading Award Best Global Actress in a Television Series Downton Abbey (2010)
2013 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Downton Abbey (2010) · Brendan Coyle
· Lesley Nicol
· Jim Carter
· Rob James-Collier
· Phyllis Logan
· Siobhan Finneran
· Amy Nuttall
· Laura Carmichael
· Hugh Bonneville
· Zoe Boyle
· Elizabeth McGovern
· Penelope Wilton
· David Robb
· Iain Glen
· Allen Leech
· Joanne Froggatt
· Maggie Smith
· Dan Stevens
· Sophie McShera
· Thomas Howes
· Jessica Brown Findlay

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2017 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Downton Abbey (2010) · Samantha Bond
· Hugh Bonneville
· Patrick Brennan
· Laura Carmichael
· Jim Carter
· Raquel Cassidy
· Paul Copley
· Brendan Coyle
· Kevin Doyle
· Michael Fox
· Joanne Froggatt
· Matthew Goode
· Harry Hadden-Paton
· Rob James-Collier
· Sue Johnston
· Allen Leech
· Phyllis Logan
· Elizabeth McGovern
· Sophie McShera
· Lesley Nicol
· Douglas Reith
· David Robb
· Maggie Smith
· Jeremy Swift
· Howard Ward
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2016 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actress in a Drama Series Downton Abbey (2010)
2014 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Downton Abbey (2010)
2014 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Downton Abbey (2010) · Hugh Bonneville
· Laura Carmichael
· Jim Carter
· Brendan Coyle
· Kevin Doyle
· Jessica Brown Findlay
· Siobhan Finneran
· Joanne Froggatt
· Rob James-Collier
· Allen Leech
· Phyllis Logan
· Elizabeth McGovern
· Sophie McShera
· Matt Milne
· Lesley Nicol
· Amy Nuttall
· David Robb
· Maggie Smith
· Ed Speleers
· Dan Stevens
· Cara Theobold
· Penelope Wilton
2013 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama Downton Abbey (2010)
2013 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Downton Abbey (2010)
2013 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actress in a Drama Series Downton Abbey (2010)
2013 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Downton Abbey (2010)
2012 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Downton Abbey (2010)
2012 Critics' Choice TV Award Critics Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Downton Abbey (2010)
2012 Golden Nymph Monte-Carlo TV Festival Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Downton Abbey (2010)
2012 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Series, Drama Downton Abbey (2010)
2011 Golden Nymph Monte-Carlo TV Festival Outstanding Actress - Drama Series Downton Abbey (2010)


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1 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.
2 '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.
3 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.
4 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.
5 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.
6 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.
7 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.
8 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.
9 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.
10 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.
11 Until I was 27, I'd maybe been to America once and, like, Ibiza when I was 18. That was it.
12 Shakespeare's work is like a good song: you never really forget the main lines.
13 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.
14 You can find a connection with any Shakespeare role you play.
15 The way I see it, the third series of Downton Abbey (2010) is all about change and how each character adapts to those changes.
16 My mum taught me always to see the funny side of things.
17 It's great to have a home and everything else that comes with it.
18 It's always fun to play dress up.
19 It's old news, me and my accent, but it always seems to make headlines.
20 In my twenties, I was a bit of a worrier; it bothered me what people thought of me, what job I was doing.
21 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.
22 I'm not from aristocracy, or anything like that.
23 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.
24 I'm the youngest of three sisters, and my parents have always encouraged all of us to do whatever made us happy.
25 You learn an incredible amount doing theatre, not just about to behave.
26 I'd like to do something that involves music.
27 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.
28 I'm taller than most actresses, so most corsets tend to be too short in the body.
29 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.
30 I can be so blown away by story lines.
31 A good friend of mine works at Oxfam and has been closely involved in the charity's aid efforts in Syria.
32 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.
33 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.
34 Being in the same scenes as Maggie Smith and Shirley MacLaine is something I will never forget.
35 I wasn't an academic. I hated maths and science at school. I couldn't concentrate.
36 I don't have to walk around in hats or find remote places to go for lunch! I don't get recognized that often.
37 I don't get recognized all the time, but it tends to happen more in America, and people are so lovely when they do.
38 Cooking can cure almost anything.
39 I love discovering tiny streets.
40 I just want a really varied career, and just to keep going, really.
41 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.
42 For years, I was often afraid to speak up when I didn't fully understand a script. I'd tie myself in knots.
43 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.
44 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.
45 I get so excited about reading a new script.
46 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.
47 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.
48 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.
49 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.
50 Laugh at yourself - a lot. My mum taught me not to take myself too seriously.
51 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.
52 I think so often you can come out of drama school and get thrown in the deep end.
53 I'm not on Twitter, but I am on Instagram and follow Lena Dunham and Usher Raymond.
54 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.
55 I regret not learning to drive when I was younger.
56 I just enjoy acting, whatever area - theatre, film, television.
57 In the early '20s, with the war over, there was a period of celebration, and you can see it in the fashion.
58 '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.
59 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.
60 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.
61 I do believe in one true love.
62 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.
63 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.
64 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.
65 I'm quite into the French way - simple elegance with just a suggestion of sexiness, nothing vulgar.
66 I really enjoy singing, it's entirely different to acting because I'm just being myself.
67 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.
68 I want a house with a garden, but slap bang in the center of London. Next door to a sushi bar.
69 I don't mind wearing a corset, it informs your posture, changes the way you move, you can't slouch.
70 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.
71 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.
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.

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