Down­ton’s glitter girl says Mary Christ­mas

Daily Express - - News - By Liz Perkins

WHAT would the Dowa­ger Count­ess of Gran­tham say?

Down­ton Abbey star Michelle Dock­ery swaps Ed­war­dian for­mal­ity for cut­ting-edge style in a daz­zling fes­tive pho­to­shoot.

Michelle, 38, has taken Hol­ly­wood by storm since she played Lady Mary Craw­ley in the hit ITV drama and film.

And she dons greens and reds as she puts on a dar­ing Christ­mas glitter show for the

Net-A-Porter fash­ion mag­a­zine, Porter, inset above left.

The Es­sex-born ac­tress now has a star­ring role in Guy Ritchie’s lat­est film, The Gentle­men, due to be re­leased in Jan­uary.

But she says she has come across ar­dent Down­ton fans in the most sur­pris­ing of places, even the “burly” driver of her taxi. Michelle said: “I got into a cab a lit­tle while ago and the driver was this big, burly Guy Ritchie type...‘Where you go­ing, love?’

And then it went a bit quiet. And then he was like, ‘You all right?’.

“And he sud­denly started talk­ing about Down­ton. I just laughed out loud.”

When she is in the UK, Michelle usu­ally man­ages to travel in rel­a­tive anonymity, but she says it is a very dif­fer­ent story across the Pond.

“Brits are too cool to ap­proach you, but in Amer­ica peo­ple have more con­fi­dence to come over and say some­thing,” she said.

“It still takes me very much by sur­prise, but it goes in waves. When the Down­ton film came out it peaked again.”

Mean­while, High­clere Cas­tle, the Hamp­shire lo­ca­tion for

Down­ton Abbey, has been decked out in Yule­tide colour, in­clud­ing an im­pos­ing 20ft Christ­mas tree.

The cas­tle’s owner, the Count­ess of Carnar­von, who has writ­ten a Down­town Abbey-era book of recipes and tra­di­tions, Christ­mas At High­clere, said: “White lights are draped around the tree first, be­fore baubles and lit­tle fig­ures are hung off the branches.”

Thigh fash­ion and big heels... Michelle goes green for dar­ing mag­a­zine pho­to­shoot 20ft tree ar­rives at High­clere, su­per­vised by owner Count­ess of Ca­nar­von, be­low. Cir­cled, Michelle as Down­ton’s Lady Mary

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