Downton Abbey’s Lady mary (Michelle Dockery) goes bad.
Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary goes bad
Created by CHAD HODGE, BLAKE CROUCH Starring MICHELLE DOCKERY, JUAN DIEGO BOTTO (TNT) 15 NOVEMBER (US air date)
“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.