Quite unintentionally, this site became dedicated to the talented and surprising Michelle Dockery. My aim is to provide fresh material and perspective for her fans.
In the 'Michelle Dockery Professional Archive' link below you will find the most complete collection of her screen performances on the internet.
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Thank you so much. I’m posting the link so the fandom can read it as well.
As, of course, has he. Stevens swears that he has “no idea” what is planned for series four. “I want to enjoy it like everyone else!” he says, with a laugh. “I saw Laura [Carmichael] and Michelle [Dockery] in New York the other day and started giving away details, and I had to block my ears before I heard anything too crucial.” [X]
Last autumn I received an unusual request from someone who claimed to know Michelle and had met Dan. She said the two were very supportive of each other and asked if I could say something to stop the fandom from piling on Dan. This was long before the rumor of his leaving the show so the criticism was kitten play in comparison.
I don’t known what to believe but I never mentioned this communication publicly and did what I could to diffuse the fandom tension in private. But I knew the internet is what it is and my efforts would be futile.
Everyone have a right to their opinions. I for one think Dan is rather tactless in interviews. I understand fans would be emotional about this for awhile. Even so it’s time people moved on with it. We’re all only human. Life is too short to pore over an actor’s foibles.
Staying on with Downton Abbey for Series 4 is unequivocally the best choice for Michelle IMHO. She is the most lauded actor on one of the most talked about TV shows in the world. Being on the show means staying in the public eye and having opportunities to do more film on the side. I do feel doing Series 5 may be of limited marginal utility for her career, but there is a safety net in staying longer. Michelle’s career is on an upward trajectory just by keep doing what she’s doing now. There’s simply no need to take a big career gamble.
Dan’s situation is different. His character on the show is not as rewarding to play. It’s telling he didn’t get the kind of award nominations other members of the cast received. I do think he would be better off staying, but I can see how a risk taker could be tempted away by other prospects.
He is known to be attached to two major films, but I don’t know enough about his role in them to draw conclusions. It seems to me his supporting part in The Fifth Estate doesn’t justify leaving Downton. It’s possible he may have gone after a project that either fell through or is on hold. Right now based on information available I think it’s too early to say if the decision to leave was the right one.
I don’t expect to see them cast as romantic leads together if that’s what you’re asking. These two will forever be identified by the characters they played on Downton Abbey, which is a good thing IMO. However it would simply be too distracting for the audience and what director want that in their movie.
That said, the British acting world is a small one and it’s not impossible their careers will cross paths again at some point. I’m thinking about that suspenseful moment between Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle in The King’s Speech.