Michelle Dockery

Michelle Dockery (born 15 December 1981) is an English actress of stage and screen, and a singer. She is known for her role as Lady Mary Crawley in the ITV/PBS drama series Downton Abbey. She made her television debut in Fingersmith in 2005. Dockery is the youngest of three daughters of Michael Dockery, a native of Athlone, Ireland, who worked his way up from driving a van to becoming a surveyor, and his wife Lorraine, is from Stepney, East London. Dockery's great-grandmother, Maud Malyon, was born in 1910 in Newham, East London, and was a domestic servant. She was just 17 when she married grocer’s assistant William Henry Oakman, 18, at West Ham Register Office. Dockery was born and brought up in Romford, East London. She was educated first at the Chadwell Heath Foundation School (now the Chadwell Heath Academy) in Chadwell Heath, East London. She was then trained at the Finch Stage School. After her A Levels she enrolled at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, graduating in 2004. Dockery lives in London with her boyfriend, who is an architect.


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