Down­ton Abbey’s Lady mary (Michelle Dock­ery) goes bad.

Down­ton Abbey’s Lady Mary goes bad

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“Chad and Blake re­ally did

their home­work and re­searched other things that I had done. One per­for­mance, one role I played a long, long time ago when I was in my early 20s, was in a show called Wak­ing The Dead, where I played a rape vic­tim who avenges her at­tack­ers,” says Michelle Dock­ery. “I was just stunned that they had seen that. And ac­tu­ally that char­ac­ter was very much the kind of loose ba­sis of this char­ac­ter.”

BBC pro­ce­dural Wak­ing The Dead might seem an un­likely TV in­spi­ra­tion for the creator (Hodge) and au­thor (Crouch) of sci-fi like Wayward Pines, but it’s clearly work­ing for Dock­ery as she plots a post- Down­ton ca­reer. Good Be­hav­ior will cer­tainly shock some of her fans with its sex and vi­o­lence – and her Amer­i­can ac­cent – but it wasn’t a de­lib­er­ate plan. “I loved the com­plex­ity of the char­ac­ter, and for me it wasn’t a con­scious de­ci­sion to do some­thing so to­tally dif­fer­ent from Lady Mary, so it was very for­tu­nate for me that this came along,” she says.

Dock­ery’s per­for­mance is de­scribed by the net­work as “no-holds-barred” in the role of a com­pli­cated woman try­ing to re­gain her life, fol­low­ing her re­lease from jail. Based on the Letty Dobesh books by Blake Crouch, Good Be­hav­ior is about a thief, con artist and mas­ter of dis­guise who at­tempts to in­ter­vene in a hit­man’s as­sign­ment. “I think with Letty her cop­ing mech­a­nism in the past is to be self­de­struc­tive or to dress up as a com­pletely dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter, be­cause it gives her that high that she is look­ing for,” ex­plains Dock­ery, who has four dif­fer­ent wigs on the show.

Her co-star, Ar­gen­tinean Juan Diego Botto, plays an equally in­trigu­ing char­ac­ter. “Javier is a killer, but he has some very good qual­i­ties as a per­son,” says Dock­ery. “You find out so many things about him, and some­times you for­get that he is this trained killer, be­cause he is this good per­son.”

Dock­ery says the cen­tral premise is to ask ques­tions about “what is good and what is bad, and what is good be­hav­iour and how do we de­fine that,” which sets up an in­trigu­ing first se­ries. UK broadcast plans are not con­firmed, but with Dock­ery star­ring it’s surely only a mat­ter of time.

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