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Michelle Dockery (1981)

London-based Michelle Suzanne Dockery was born in 1981 and raised in a middle-class Essex family. The youngest of three sisters, she graduated in 2004 from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After many theater roles that drew her attention and a television debut on several BBC shows, she came to public prominence in 2010 playing Lady Mary Crawley in Julian Fellow's ITV series Dowton Abbey and got then numerous awards nominations. Her authoritative and high-strung character designs an iconic femininity both Edwardian and modern, sly and demanding, unforgettably featuring arched brows, a statuesque porcelain complexion and a breathtaking humorous snobbishness.But being so synonymous with her role of corseted Lady Mary, Dockery might have to go through new performances to reveal the effortless cool attitude she praises when she sings jazz standards and writes songs. Let's remember among many others one of her famous Lady Mary's biting lines some Katharine Hepburn-like aristocratic brat could have flung to her challenging interlocutors : "I'm busy trying to have a life."

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Michelle Dockery by Liz Collins for Boston Common, November 2013
Michelle Dockery by Liz Collins for Boston Common, November 2013
Michelle Dockery by Micaela Rossato for InStyle UK, January 2014
Michelle Dockery by Micaela Rossato for InStyle UK, January 2014
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary in Dowton Abbey created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary in Dowton Abbey created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary in Dowton Abbey (Season 3) created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary in Dowton Abbey (Season 3) created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary in Dowton Abbey (Season 4) created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary in Dowton Abbey (Season 4) created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary in Dowton Abbey created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary in Dowton Abbey created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary on the set of Dowton Abbey created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary on the set of Dowton Abbey created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery by Benjamin A. Huseby for Harper's Bazaar, September 2012
Michelle Dockery by Benjamin A. Huseby for Harper's Bazaar, September 2012
Michelle Dockery by Boo George for Interview Magazine, October 2012
Michelle Dockery by Boo George for Interview Magazine, October 2012
Michelle Dockery by Boo George for Interview Magazine, October 2012
Michelle Dockery by Boo George for Interview Magazine, October 2012
Michelle Dockery by Bruce Weber for Vogue Germany, December 2012
Michelle Dockery by Bruce Weber for Vogue Germany, December 2012
Michelle Dockery by Emma Summerton for Vogue Italia, December 2013
Michelle Dockery by Emma Summerton for Vogue Italia, December 2013
Michelle Dockery by Emma Summerton for Vogue Italia, December 2013
Michelle Dockery by Emma Summerton for Vogue Italia, December 2013
Michelle Dockery by Emma Summerton for Vogue Italia, December 2013
Michelle Dockery by Emma Summerton for Vogue Italia, December 2013
Michelle Dockery by Emma Summerton for Vogue Italia, December 2013
Michelle Dockery by Emma Summerton for Vogue Italia, December 2013
Michelle Dockery by Liz Collins
Michelle Dockery by Liz Collins
Michelle Dockery by Liz Collins for Boston Common, November 2013
Michelle Dockery by Liz Collins for Boston Common, November 2013
Michelle Dockery by Mert & Marcus for Love Magazine, Fall-Winter 2012
Michelle Dockery by Mert & Marcus for Love Magazine, Fall-Winter 2012
Michelle Dockery by Micaela Rossato for In Style UK, January 2014
Michelle Dockery by Micaela Rossato for In Style UK, January 2014
Michelle Dockery for Harpers Bazaar UK, August 2013
Michelle Dockery for Harpers Bazaar UK, August 2013
Michelle Dockery for Harpers Bazaar UK, August 2013
Michelle Dockery for Harpers Bazaar UK, August 2013
Michelle Dockery by Boo George for Interview Magazine, October 2012
Michelle Dockery by Boo George for Interview Magazine, October 2012
Michelle Dockery by John-Paul Pietrus for Harper’s Bazaar Singapore
Michelle Dockery by John-Paul Pietrus for Harper’s Bazaar Singapore
Michelle Dockery by Boo George for Interview Magazine, October 2012
Michelle Dockery by Boo George for Interview Magazine, October 2012
Michelle Dockery by Mert & Marcus for Love Magazine, Fall-Winter 2012
Michelle Dockery by Mert & Marcus for Love Magazine, Fall-Winter 2012
Michelle Dockery with Laura Carmichael and Jessica Brown Findlay for Dowton Abbey created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery with Laura Carmichael and Jessica Brown Findlay for Dowton Abbey created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery with Dan Stevens by Nicole Nodland for Evening Standard Magazine, December 2011
Michelle Dockery with Dan Stevens by Nicole Nodland for Evening Standard Magazine, December 2011
Michelle Dockery with Tom Hiddleston by Jonathan de Villiers for Time magazine, March 2012
Michelle Dockery with Tom Hiddleston by Jonathan de Villiers for Time magazine, March 2012
Michelle Dockery with Tom Hiddleston by Jonathan de Villiers for Time magazine, March 2012
Michelle Dockery with Tom Hiddleston by Jonathan de Villiers for Time magazine, March 2012
Michelle Dockery with Tom Hiddleston by Jonathan de Villiers for Time magazine, March 2012
Michelle Dockery with Tom Hiddleston by Jonathan de Villiers for Time magazine, March 2012
Michelle Dockery by Boo George for Interview Magazine, October 2012
Michelle Dockery by Boo George for Interview Magazine, October 2012
Michelle Dockery by Murdo MacLeod for The Observer, July 2012
Michelle Dockery by Murdo MacLeod for The Observer, July 2012
Michelle Dockery by Murdo MacLeod for The Observer, July 2012
Michelle Dockery by Murdo MacLeod for The Observer, July 2012
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley for Downton Abbey created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley for Downton Abbey created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery in Anna Karenina directed by Joe Wright, 2012
Michelle Dockery in Anna Karenina directed by Joe Wright, 2012
Michelle Dockery in Anna Karenina directed by Joe Wright, 2012
Michelle Dockery in Anna Karenina directed by Joe Wright, 2012
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery in Hogfather directed by Vadim Jean, 2006
Michelle Dockery in Hogfather directed by Vadim Jean, 2006
Dan Stevens and Michelle Dockery by Robert Trachtenberg for Downton Abbey created by Julian Fellowes
Dan Stevens and Michelle Dockery by Robert Trachtenberg for Downton Abbey created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery by John-Paul Pietrus for Harper’s Bazaar Singapore
Michelle Dockery by John-Paul Pietrus for Harper’s Bazaar Singapore
Michelle Dockery by John-Paul Pietrus for Harper’s Bazaar Singapore
Michelle Dockery by John-Paul Pietrus for Harper’s Bazaar Singapore
Keira Knightley and Michelle Dockery in Anna Karenina directed by Joe Wright, 2012
Keira Knightley and Michelle Dockery in Anna Karenina directed by Joe Wright, 2012
Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith Crawley), Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil Crawley), & Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley) in Downton Abbey created by Julian Fellowes
Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith Crawley), Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil Crawley), & Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley) in Downton Abbey created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery by Mert & Marcus for Love Magazine, Fall-Winter 2012
Michelle Dockery by Mert & Marcus for Love Magazine, Fall-Winter 2012
Michelle Dockery by Mert & Marcus for Love Magazine, Fall-Winter 2012
Michelle Dockery by Mert & Marcus for Love Magazine, Fall-Winter 2012
Michelle Dockery with Dan Stevens by Nicole Nodland for Evening Standard Magazine, December 2011
Michelle Dockery with Dan Stevens by Nicole Nodland for Evening Standard Magazine, December 2011
Michelle Dockery with Dan Stevens by Nicole Nodland for Evening Standard Magazine, December 2011
Michelle Dockery with Dan Stevens by Nicole Nodland for Evening Standard Magazine, December 2011
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary and Tom Cullen as Lord Gillingham in Downton Abbey created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary and Tom Cullen as Lord Gillingham in Downton Abbey created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery on the set of Downton Abbey, 2010
Michelle Dockery on the set of Downton Abbey, 2010
Michelle Dockery in The Hollow Crown created by Richard Eyre and Rupert Goold, 2012
Michelle Dockery in The Hollow Crown created by Richard Eyre and Rupert Goold, 2012
Michelle Dockery by Benjamin Huseby for Harper’s Bazaar US, September 2012
Michelle Dockery by Benjamin Huseby for Harper’s Bazaar US, September 2012
Michelle Dockery by Bruce Weber for Vogue Germany, January 2013
Michelle Dockery by Bruce Weber for Vogue Germany, January 2013
Michelle Dockery in Non-Stop directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, 2014
Michelle Dockery in Non-Stop directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, 2014
Michelle Dockery by David Slijper for Harper’s Bazaar UK, August 2013
Michelle Dockery by David Slijper for Harper’s Bazaar UK, August 2013
Michelle Dockery on the set of Downton Abbey created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery on the set of Downton Abbey created by Julian Fellowes
Michelle Dockery in Non-Stop directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, 2014
Michelle Dockery in Non-Stop directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, 2014
Michelle Dockery by David Slijper for Harper's Bazaar UK, August 2013
Michelle Dockery by David Slijper for Harper's Bazaar UK, August 2013
Michelle Dockery by Austin Hargrave for The Hollywood Reporter, June 2011
Michelle Dockery by Austin Hargrave for The Hollywood Reporter, June 2011
Michelle Dockery by Max Abadian for Red Magazine, October 2013
Michelle Dockery by Max Abadian for Red Magazine, October 2013
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