Michelle Dockery is a highly-acclaimed actress and a trained singer. She is well-known for her main role as Lady Mary Crawley on the 6-season long drama series Downton Abbey. Her performance on the show earned her much recognition as she was nominated for one Golden Globe Award and 3 consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category.
Dockery also had lead roles in the TV series Good Behavior as well as the hit web drama series Godless. The talented actress has also had notable acting credits on the big screen and on stage. She has recorded starring roles in feature films like Hanna (2011), Anna Karenina (2012), and Non-Stop (2014).
Michelle Dockery – Biography
Michelle Suzanne Dockery was born on December 15, 1981, in the Rush Green area of East London, England. Her parents are Lorraine (née Witton) and Michael Francis Dockery. She grew up alongside 2 older sisters, Louise and Joanne. She began her secondary school education at Chadwell Heath Academy, and later she moved to the Finch Stage School. Afterward, she studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where she was honored with the Gold Medal for Drama when she graduated in 2004.
Michelle Dockery trained at the National Youth Theatre and there, she began her career as a stage actor. She got her first professional acting role in the 2004 stage production of His Dark Materials at the Royal National Theatre. This was followed by many other roles in stage plays across several theatres which earned her a couple of accolades. The talented actress marked her TV debut when she portrayed the character, Betty, in the BBC miniseries Fingersmith (2005). This was followed by roles in several telefilms and short films including Hogfather (2006), The Turn of the Screw (2009) as well as The Red Riding Trilogy (2009).
Dockery’s breakout role came in 2010 when she was cast as Lady Mary Crawley, the protagonist of the historical period drama series Downton Abbey (2010–15). Her performance during the 6-season run of the series fetched her 3 straight Emmy Award nominations (2012-14) and one Golden Globe nomination (2013) for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She equally shared 3 consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013-15) alongside other cast members of the show for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
Dockery marked her feature film debut in the action thriller Hanna (2011) followed by roles in the historical drama Anna Karenina (2012) and the box office hit Non-Stop (2014). She equally appeared in the Sci-Fi thriller Self/less (2015) alongside Ryan Reynolds and Derek Luke. Just as her big-screen career continued to soar, Dockery was cast as the lead star of the drama series Good Behavior (2016–2017) starring as Letty Raines. The multitalented actress was also the female lead in the Netflix limited series Godless (2017) which earned her a fourth Primetime Emmy Award nomination.
Michelle Dockery is also known to be a professional singer and she performs occasionally with Sadie and the Hotheads, a music band fronted by her Downton Abbey co-star Elizabeth McGovern.
Is Michelle Dockery Married? Husband
Michelle Dockery is known to be unmarried going by the information available to the public. However, the star actress had come very close to taking that major step in the past. Dockery got engaged in 2015 to John Dineen, an Irish-born public relations executive. Sadly, the couple did not make it all the way to the altar as Dineen passed on later that year. According to the actress, her fiancé’s tragic death left her feeling like a widow even though they were not yet married.
Is She Dating Anyone? – Boyfriend
Apparently, Michelle Dockery took some time off her acting career following the tragic demise of her fiancé in December 2015. She resumed her career in March 2016 when she began working on the series Good Behavior. The actress clearly has her life back on track after mourning her former fiancé, however, it remains unclear if she is back in the dating scene. In recent times, Dockery has appeared solo in public and on the red carpet and it may be safe to assume that she is not dating anybody yet. There is also a slight chance that the actress may be in a relationship but has opted to keep it off the media radar.