Downton Abbey series four: meet the cast who bring Downton to life

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Downton Abbey series four: meet the cast who bring Downton to life

Character: Lady Mary Crawley

Actress: Michelle Dockery


Essex-born Michelle Dockery starred in TV shows Waking the Dead, Cranford and Red Riding before being cast as Downton Abbey's Lady Mary.

"She's incredibly strong," said Michelle of now-widowed character. "I think they all are really," but added that she was initally shocked when Mary's on-screen husband Matthew was killed.

"Initially I was concerned about what would happen," said Michelle. "But I think that, as much as it was sad to see Dan go, it opens up the opportunity for Julian to write a new chapter and something quite different, not only for Mary, but the knock on effect it has for other characters."

Outside of her acting work the 31-year-old also sings jazz singer and performed at the 50th Anniversary of Ronnie Scott's Jazz club in London.

The two-time Emmy nominated actress has also sung with he co-star Elizabeth McGovern's band, Sadie and the Hotheads.
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