Quite unintentionally, this site became dedicated to the complex and eccentric 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.
Remember that scene in Downton Abbey when Mary/Matthew kiss the night before their wedding and they agree to keep their eyes closed because it would be bad luck to “see each other before the wedding”?
Mary opened her eyes.
And now Matthew is dead.
I agree. I was only joking about that. But since the family is throwing a party to cheer Mary up, I imagine she must be having a harder time recovering than for example Edith, after being jilted at the alter.
Mary will hide her feelings, but she’s not going to be getting up for breakfast the next morning either.
Yes I do. Julian Fellowes has amply demonstrated his ability to write Mary’s character with nuance and believability. Though I have myself called Downton a posh soap, the truth is there are elements which elevate it well above that. The Mary Crawley character can stand toe-to-toe with any heroine penned by Austen or the Brontë sisters. She is who Fellowes will be remembered for, more than any other of his creations.
For me, the best way to write Mary out, should it come to that, would be for her to leave Downton for America. She can no more be killed-off than Violet. Fellowes can always bring Michelle back as a guest character in a future series. I imagine it’s even possible she can reprise Mary Crawley decades from now in some sort of Downton Abbey Revisited movie.
Personally I hope Michelle leaves after Series 4, the time will be right for her by then. I am also an admirer of Laura Carmichael. She is quite underrated as an actress and we have a similar sense of humor.