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Michelle Dockery covers Manhattan magazine and dishes about fame

We received word that Michelle Dockery is gracing the cover of the March issue of Manhattan magazine. During her interview, she discusses her quick rise to fame thanks to her role in “Downton Abbey.” She also dishes about her first big budget acting role opposite Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore.

Michelle Dockery covers Manhattan magazine
Michelle Dockery covers Manhattan magazine
Andrew Macpherson

Michelle grew up as a dancer in Essex, England and started at the young age of 3 or 4. She said it taught her how to present herself. She learned about preparation and working in an ensemble, which is something that carries with her to this day.

By the age of 16, Michelle knew she had more of a passion for acting. She never wanted to leave the drama department and was always working on scenes or thinking up stuff to perform with friends. Michelle added, “I'm afraid some of my other subjects might have slightly suffered.”

After Michelle ran into her future “Downton Abbey” co-star, Dan Stevens, she asked him who he was reading for at the audition. He said Matthew and she said Mary. She remembers thinking, “This could work.” Michelle loves her character, Lady Mary Crawley, because she is so complex. She does not apologize for who she is or what she has done. She might privately confess doubt to her trusted maid Anna but would never state it publicly.

According to Michelle, her character is very modern “because she's more than a strong woman: She's witty, vicious even. She doesn't suffer fools, yet she's sensitive. She's a mixed bag, and I enjoy playing those sides of her.”

Now Michelle has landed her first big-budget Hollywood role in “Non-Stop.” She said it was an entirely new experience for her, “the film, living in New York and working in a studio where they pretty much built a plane.” To find out more about Michelle Dockery and her thriving career, pick up the March issue of Manhattan magazine which is available on newsstands now.