For those fans of Downton Abbey who were wondering what sort of effect last series’ mass cast exodus might have on the remaining stars of the show, fear not it certainly doesn’t seem like Michelle Dockery is going anywhere any time soon as she has revealed that she is in love with her job, and that she doesn’t want the epic period drama to come to an end.
Dockery, as fans will know, plays Lady Mary Crawley in the hit ITV drama, who was left widowed and broken-hearted last Christmas when her husband of only a year Matthew Crawley was killed in a car crash, moments after their first born son and heir was born, a decision made by the writers after Dan Stevens who played him decided not to renew his contract at the end of series 3.
After Matthew, who was killed off only a few weeks after his on-screen sister-in-law Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown-Findlay), came the announcement that Siobhan Finneran, who played Sarah O’Brien, had also quit and would not be returning when Downton returns for its fourth series this autumn.
Since filming on the new series began writers and producers have been insisting that the exits will not make a difference and that they have actually helped take the show in a new, more exciting direction.
And it would seem that Michelle Dockery agrees as she has described herself as having a “love affair” with her job!
Discussing how she never wants the show to end with Harper’s Bazaar, the actress explained:
“There’s a part of me that doesn’t want it to end, because I love it so much,
“And once it’s all over, I’m sure there will be a period when I feel slightly at a loss.
“It’s like this love affair that I have with my job.’
Dockery went on to explain how she was moved to tears when she read the script of Matthews death as well as insisting that the show’s success won’t change her:
“It’s very easy in this business to take things a little too seriously or yourself too seriously, and I grew up learning how to laugh at myself.”
See Michelle Dockery’s full interview in the August issue of Harper’s Bazaar – on sale this Thursday, July 4.