Michelle Suzanne Dockery is a British actress and singer probably best known for her role as Lady Mary Crawley on “Downton Abbey.” She will also lend her voice to the show “Family Guy,” in which she’ll appear an aristocrat in a British period drama.
For her role on “Downton Abbey,” Michelle Dockery was nominated for a Golden Globe and Emmy Award, and won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Her onscreen will-they-or-won-they relationship has been called the Ross and Rachel of period drama.
Michelle Dockery said of her character, “Mary and I are quite different. I guess I liked her snobbishness in the beginning.”
She said, “I come from a working class background, so my family would’ve been downstairs in the past. People are often surprised to hear I’m not actually posh.” (Her maternal great-grandmother was in service as a domestic servant.)
Michelle said of her costumes, “I don’t mind wearing a corset, it informs your posture, changes the way you move, you can’t slouch.”
She added, “We’re approached far more in America. I wonder whether that’s to do with Americans generally being more confident at approaching someone.”
Michelle Dockery graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2004 and apprenticed at London’s National Theatre. She said she lost roles when she was younger due to her Essex accent. She won Best Newcomer at the 2008 Evening Standard Theatre Awards for her portrayal of Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion.
Aside from acting, Michelle Dockery is a jazz singer, having appeared at the London club Ronnie Scotts’ and music festivals. She also dances and plays the guitar. She has recorded backing vocals on Elizabeth McGovern’s album with her band Sadie and the Hotheads.
Her favorite shows include “My So-Called Life” and “Mad Men.”
Michelle Dockery has also appeared in “Hanna” and “Anna Karenina.”
She told Life and Style that she’d loved to work with Kristen Wiig and her celeb crush is Jim Carter, who plays Mr. Carson on “Downton Abbey.”
Michelle Dockery resides in London when not traveling for work.