Down­ton’s Michelle: I see my­self as a widow ...just like Lady Mary

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT - Mail Re­porter

HEARTBROKEN Down­ton Abbey ac­tress Michelle Dock­ery says she con­sid­ers her­self a widow – two years af­ter her Ir­ish fi­ancé died from can­cer.

‘I’ve never been more com­mit­ted to any­thing in my life than to him,’ she re­vealed in an in­ter­view yes­ter­day.

‘I don’t have the vo­cab­u­lary to de­scribe what it felt like and what it still feels like. I re­fer to my­self as a widow, yes. We were en­gaged, and mar­ried at heart, and so I do con­sider my­self a widow.’

Ms Dock­ery, 35, and John Di­neen from Cork were en­gaged for a year be­fore he died at the age of 34. The ac­tress had been in­tro­duced to the PR ex­ec­u­tive by her Down­ton Abbey co-star, Dubliner Al­lan Leech.

As Mr Di­neen bat­tled the dis­ease, Dock­ery’s char­ac­ter in Down­ton, Lady Mary Craw­ley, also lost her hus­band.

‘One of the dif­fi­cult things at the time was the par­al­lels with Mary,’ said the ac­tress. ‘It was just baf­fling, and still is to me, that my char­ac­ter’s sto­ry­line was so sim­i­lar.’

Ms Dock­ery also re­called meet­ing dis­graced film mogul Har­vey We­in­stein sev­eral years ago, say­ing: ‘I re­mem­ber feel­ing un­com­fort­able.’ She said she was not sur­prised by the sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions.

LOVE OF HER LIFE: Michelle Dock­ery with her late fi­ancé, John Di­neen from Cork

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