Michelle Dockery’s Harper’s Bazaar UK shoot: haughty ice queen or gorgeous?

Stripes! So many stripes. Usually, I would hate this many stripes in one ensemble, but Michelle Dockery makes it seem very chic. As many of you know, Dockery is most famous for playing Lady Mary Crawley on Downton Abbey. She is the oldest sister, and a Black Widow to boot. Thus far, all of her mates have died… except for the newspaper guy played by Ian Glenn, but if she had stayed with him any longer, I’m sure he would have died too. Michelle covers the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK, one of her first major, solo fashion magazine covers. The shoot is pretty – I think the cover shot is probably the most flattering photo of her from the shoot.

Even though Downton’s storylines can get crazy melodramatic and it’s all just a soap opera with great costumes, Michelle is sticking with the show, which is nice. Several cast members are not returning next season (including d-bag Dan Stevens), but Michelle isn’t looking for the exit. That being said, she’s still trying to gently parlay her Downton fame into a larger career, perhaps in Hollywood. It helps that Michelle in real life seems very different from the posh ice queen Lady Mary.

She’s gone from little known actress to world-famous star thanks to her role as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey. But despite her immense success, Michelle Dockery has done her utmost to remain grounded throughout her meteoric rise to fame. In a new interview and stunning photoshoot with Harper’s Bazaar magazine, Michelle admits that her ability to laugh at herself has ensured she doesn’t let her celebrity status go to her head.

She said: ‘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.

Michelle added: ‘It is that very classic thing of being content with who you are and what you’re doing. I think that’s what I’ve learned – that if I’m content, then my outlook on everything is good.’

The 31-year-old brunette also revealed that she made a name for herself as a young woman thanks to her strong relationship with her sisters Louise and Joanne.

She said: ‘There was this thing: don’t mess with the Dockery Sisters. I think when we’re together we can be quite, not intimidating, but quite a force.’

In the accompanying images, Michelle poses for photographer David Slijper in on-trend outfits from Miu Miu, Prada, Sportmax, Louis Vuitton and Bottega Veneta. And while the ensembles are worlds away from the flapper dresses Michelle wears to portray Lady Mary, she insists that she wants her role in the show to continue for as long as possible.

She said: ‘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.’

As well as winning over viewers with her portrayal of the elegant and composed Lady Mary, Michelle has succeeded in making a fan of Downton creator Julian Fellowes. Speaking about Michelle’s interpretation of the character, Fellowes said: ‘Michelle was able to demonstrate that curious mixture of cold exterior with the hint of deep feeling and sexual allure that for me, at least, takes one back to the giants of my youth: Ava Gardner, Audrey Hepburn, or Grace Kelly, the ultimate icon of fire wrapped in ice.’

[From The Mail]

I’ll admit, despite the craziness and melodrama, I am looking forward to seeing how Lady Mary deals with being a single mother. And Fellowes has said that Mary is going to get a boyfriend very quickly too, which should be interesting. I love Mary’s courtships. She’s usually not very good at “wooing” a man she likes because she’s just too blunt and haughty. Hopefully she won’t kill off this next guy.

Photos courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar UK.

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  1. Andrea says:

    Haughty ice queen AND gorgeous. What Lady Mary does best.

  2. Talie says:

    She and Maggie Smith make the show for me… perfect casting.

    • Seattlemomma says:


    • Decloo says:

      Maggie rules the show. I think Dockery is a terrible actress. It’s true that the script is awful but she’s a one trick pony. I saw her in another movie and she had the same deadpan, bland delivery.

      • GOBIG says:

        Totally agree, she’s a terrible actress. These pics show an extremely average looking woman photographed with great lighting and alot of photoshopping.

  3. RocketMerry says:

    Very pretty, but why so much light in the other two pictures? In some cases that kind of trick makes the pic, but not here: Michelle is so pale she already looks like a ghost! No need for that.

    Overall, though, she’s a decent model, and very pretty.
    Test passed.

  4. Faun says:

    Does anyone know when the next season starts in the UK?

  5. Uzi says:

    What a gorgeous, classy lady! So glad she’s remained loyal to DA; looking forward to watching her show off her acting chops in season 4…

  6. crab says:

    I think she kinda looks like Lana DelRay!

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Came here to say the exact same thing!

      Lizzie Grant lookalike.

      • TG says:

        No way. That ugly girl you mentioned looks like she was carved with a knife. Michelle Dockery is soft on the eyes and doesn’t scare little kids with her face.

    • Christo says:

      ITA. I love Michelle, but her look in these pics skews toward the Lana Del Rey world of make-up and aloofness. That being said, we can at least give Michelle credit for naturally looking this way versus the many surgeries that were required for Lana.

  7. Esmom says:

    Love her and damn if she doesn’t make the stripes work.

    Still love the show…even at its soapiest worst we still have the costumes, setting and Thomas to feast our eyes upon.

  8. ncboudicca says:

    Cumberbatch should date her, she’d teach him to raise his scarf game. I would look completely ridic in that cover shot outfit, but I’m crazy about the polka-dot scarf with the striped outfit. Yes, I know a stylist dressed her and she didn’t come up with that on her own, but she’s wearing the hell out of it!

  9. s says:

    I love her. she’s so stunning. And I know that DA has gotten silly and melodramatic but I just. can’t . help. myself.

  10. emmie_a says:

    I mean this as a huge compliment — she looks better with less makeup (or no makeup). She is gorgeous.

    • Spooks says:

      She does, doesn’t she?
      She reminds me of Emmy Rossum who looks so much better in Shameless where she’s all fussy than on the red carpet.

  11. Nev says:

    love it!!!!

  12. Harpreet says:

    I am surprised she hasn’t landed a UK Vogue cover by now.

  13. bros says:

    Because i’m a huge british drama nerd, I’ve heard her new love interest will be Julian Ovenden, a very handsome actor who plays Chistopher Foyle’s son in Foyle’s War (which is a great show!)

  14. Bet says:

    She and Cumberbatch would work very well.

  15. TG says:

    Can’t wait for the new season. I agree with what a few others have said that even though the show has devolved into a soap, in some areas, I can’t get enough of it. I love the characters. I am disappointed that Lady’s Maid O’Brien isn’t returning. I loved her, or loved to hate her anyway. I liked watching her and evil Thomas at work and then fighting one another. I thought they were going somewhere with that plot line but looks like not. I mean she is responsible for the death of the heir to Downton that has to be important down the line.

  16. kibbles says:

    She’s pretty and the cover photo looks nice. The last photo of her in the blue suit looks awful though. It’s as if they overly Photoshopped and brightened it so that you can barely see parts of her face. It’s not a cute effect. Why not just show her entire face and what she is looking at outside the window. Not good photography at work here and I know nothing about photography, but I think I could have taken a better photograph.

  17. Sabrine says:

    She is perfect as Lady Mary. That is the way she is meant to be.

  18. lisa says:

    it’s nice to see someone in their natural skin tone for a change

  19. Jay says:

    I’ve loved her since she was Susan in the Hogfather adaptation.