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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By Kate O’Hare
September 27, 2013
Zap2it: People know you best as Lady Mary on PBS’ “Downton Abbey,” but when “Henry IV, Part 1” and “Henry IV, Part 2,” air on “Great Performances: The Hollow Crown” on Friday, Sept. 27, and Friday, Oct. 4 (check local listings), fans are going to get to see you do Shakespeare.
You play Lady Percy, the wife of royal rebel Hotspur (Joe Armstrong), the rival to Prince Hal (Tom Hiddleston), the heir to the throne. How did you like this screen husband?
Michelle Dockery: Joe Armstrong is great; he’s gorgeous. He’s brilliant in it.
Zap2it: Have you played the role before?
Michelle Dockery: I actually played Lady Percy onstage at the National Theatre. I understudied the part and went on years ago, like, back in 2004. It was amazing how the lines were still there in my head when I got the role. It all just came back to me. It’s brilliant. So I didn’t just slog away, learning lines again. It was all there.
Zap2it: Have you done other Shakespeare plays, such as “Hamlet?”
Michelle Dockery: It’s a great play. I did it a couple of years ago onstage. I loved and hated playing the role of Ophelia. Jeez, it’s a tough one. It’s always the thing with Shakespeare, that everyone has an idea in their head how they think the role should be played.
Zap2it: Since you’ve played British royalty and nobility, is Dockery actually an English name?
Michelle Dockery: My dad’s Irish. I’m Dockery, so we’re quite a rare Irish family. We’re from Athlone, right in the middle.
If You Really Like An Argument
Michelle picking fights with everyone! I really think they cast her for these confrontation scenes.
"That’s why I love acting, because you tap into parts of yourself that you wouldn’t necessarily need to in real life. I’m quite surprised at how out of control I can be on stage, because actually I find I like to be in control in life. It’s quite freeing, really."
— Michelle Dockery [X]
You can’t expect me to believe someone born in the 80’s isn’t Googling herself today after her big show.
She’s probably doing it right now over breakfast.
With The Hollow Crown - Henry IV airing today on BBC2, it may interest Michelle Dockery fans to know that this isn’t her first time around the Henry IV rodeo. One of Michelle’s earliest roles with the National Theater was in Henry IV Parts I&II in 2005.
Her roles were small ones then, in Part I she was “Carrier”, and in Part II she was “Wart, Porter, and Drawer”. [X] Michelle would have just eight lines in Part I and six in Part II.
Interestingly enough, the National Theater has a video copy of this two part play in their archives. [X] Perhaps someday…