Michelle Dockery enjoyed using Essex accent for The Gentlemen

Michelle Dockery loved taking a break from playing well-spoken characters and reverting back to her native Essex accent for her role in The Gentlemen.The British actress rose to fame playing the upper-class Lady Mary Crawley in TV show Downton Abbey be…

Michelle Dockery loved taking a break from playing well-spoken characters and reverting back to her native Essex accent for her role in The Gentlemen.

The British actress rose to fame playing the upper-class Lady Mary Crawley in TV show Downton Abbey between 2010 and 2015 and then showed off her ability to do an American accent with shows like Good Behavior and Godless.

For Guy Ritchie’s latest crime caper, Dockery plays Rosalind, the wife of Matthew McConaughey’s Mickey, and she relished being able to use her regular voice.

“It came quite naturally. I grew up in Essex. There’s a way of talking I grew up around,” she told Tatler magazine. “And finally, being able to play a character whose accent has an Essex sound, as mine does – I loved that… I’ve been playing well-spoken for so long, to do something closer to my roots was so much fun.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Dockery confessed she struggled getting used to the fame that came with starring in the hit period drama, but it’s “something she now accepts” and she is grateful to Downton Abbey for putting her in a position in which she can slow down if she wants to.

“I was in one of the biggest shows in the world. It’s very rare something like that happens. I certainly wasn’t expecting it,” the 38-year-old, who appeared in the show’s movie instalment earlier this year, said. “But it’s put me in a position now where I can slow down. This business, it never really stops. You do something, you promote it, you’re on to the next job. I’m learning I need to find ways to switch off. Unwind.”

The Gentlemen, also starring Charlie Hunnam, Hugh Grant, and Henry Golding, hits cinemas from 1 January.

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Julian Fellowes plotting Downton Abbey sequel

Julian Fellowes has promised to “do his best” to get the cast of Downton Abbey back for a second film.The big-screen adaptation of the British TV drama was a global hit after its September release, earning almost $184 million (£142 million) in cinemas…

Julian Fellowes has promised to “do his best” to get the cast of Downton Abbey back for a second film.

The big-screen adaptation of the British TV drama was a global hit after its September release, earning almost $184 million (£142 million) in cinemas around the world

Asked whether there will be a sequel by British morning TV show host Lorraine Kelly, Julian said: “I’ll do me best, gov.”

On the first film’s success, the Downton creator added: “It was very successful. I won’t say bewilderingly successful because I thought it was jolly good. It was rather exciting. We were in America for the opening there and it opened at number one, beating all these major film stars’ movies, all of whom are marvellous and that was very thrilling, I can’t pretend it wasn’t.”

Julian also revealed he had written an element of his personal life into the plot of Downton Abbey, giving the butler Carson, played by Jim Carter, a tremor, similar to one he experiences.

“It is a question of getting it out there,” he said of publicising his ailment through drama. “That’s why on Downton in the last episode of the final series we gave Carson an essential tremor, so he couldn’t pour the wine. Even then the newspapers referred to it as Parkinson’s because they didn’t know it was a tremor.”

Detailing the health issue, he added: “What I’m anxious to do is get it out there. So when people have a shake that is unexplained to them and they’re possibly panicking that it’s Parkinson’s, I would just say to them please go to the doctor. The truth is you are eight times more likely to be suffering from an essential tremor than Parkinson’s.

“It doesn’t kill you. It doesn’t hurt. It’s a nuisance. It’s tiresome. But there are plenty of things that are worse in the world that people have to put up with.”

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Downton Abbey headed for sequel after box office success – report

Downton Abbey producers are reportedly moving forward with plans for a sequel after the film’s huge success at the box office.The feature film spin-off from writer Julian Fellowes’s TV period drama has earned more than $135 million (£110 million) in c…

Downton Abbey producers are reportedly moving forward with plans for a sequel after the film’s huge success at the box office.

The feature film spin-off from writer Julian Fellowes’s TV period drama has earned more than $135 million (£110 million) in cinemas around the world, banking huge profits on a budget believed to be under $20 million (£16.3 million).

On the likelihood of a sequel being confirmed soon, an insider tells British newspaper The Sun: “Downton’s popularity as a film has been phenomenal.

“It took $73 million (£60 million) in America alone and has been a roaring success. Julian and the team are over the moon with how it played out. No one expected it would be this big.

“The commercial viability of a second film is now a dead cert, so Julian has been told to start putting pen to paper on the follow-up.”

Speaking about the possibility of a sequel at the movie’s London premiere last month, Fellowes told WENN that a follow-up was likely if Downton was a success.

“We’ll have to wait and see, won’t we,” he said. “That will depend on how the feature is received.”

While Downton star Allen Leech, who plays Tom Branson in the hit series and film, is also up for returning for a sequel, and commented: “That I’d do.”

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Julian Fellowes wanted to offer Downton Abbey fans ‘comfort’ with new movie

Downton Abbey writer and creator Julian Fellowes wanted the movie adaptation of the hit TV show to be comforting and reassuring for fans.The big screen debut of the hit period drama takes place just one year from where the much-loved series left off ba…

Downton Abbey writer and creator Julian Fellowes wanted the movie adaptation of the hit TV show to be comforting and reassuring for fans.

The big screen debut of the hit period drama takes place just one year from where the much-loved series left off back in 2015, and Fellowes promised audiences a “bigger, better, brighter” movie.

And amid an unsettled global political climate, with controversial President Donald Trump in the White House and Brexit looming over the U.K., the 70-year-old simply wanted to bring joy to fans of the show.

“There is a certain dependability about Downton. In a world that is lacking in certainty, I hope that, for the price of a cinema ticket, viewers will get two hours of comfort and reassurance in return,” Fellowes told Harper’s Bazaar. “A bit of a rest from the whirlpool. If we have managed that – and I dare to hope that we have – then I think we will all feel that we have succeeded.”

Elsewhere in the interview with the whole Downton Abbey cast, Sophie McShera, who plays kitchen maid-turned-cook Daisy Mason, revealed that she enjoyed working on the movie more than the TV show.

“If anything, we had even more fun making the film than we did making the series. We all just laughed all the time,” she shared.

While shooting one two-hour episode for the TV show took four weeks, production on the Downton Abbey movie was finished in nine weeks. The scale was bigger, as was the cast, meaning the actors had several hours of downtime each day to simply catch up with each other.

“We are like a big family,” revealed Michelle Dockery, who plays the chic Lady Mary Crawley, before adding that she and her onscreen sister Laura Carmichael travelled to a location shoot by train – rather than in separate chauffeur-driven cars – so they could “share a bottle of wine and a laugh”.

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Matthew Goode named as face of Pink Shirtmaker

Matthew Goode is the new face of U.K. shirt label Pink Shirtmaker.The British actor, who is known for his roles on TV shows such as The Crown and Downton Abbey, has been tapped by bosses at the LVMH-owned company, formerly known as Thomas Pink, as a br…

Matthew Goode is the new face of U.K. shirt label Pink Shirtmaker.

The British actor, who is known for his roles on TV shows such as The Crown and Downton Abbey, has been tapped by bosses at the LVMH-owned company, formerly known as Thomas Pink, as a brand ambassador and will appear in upcoming campaigns, starting with fall/winter 2019.

“The craftmanship that goes into each shirt is what gives Pink such a strong reputation as an English shirtmaker – good tailoring is the ultimate luxury,” said Goode of the partnership.

In the first campaign, titled A life in the Pink, the Emmy Award-nominated star wears items from the brand while posing in a range of scenarios, such as in a bath and in a bed while sipping a cup of tea.

He also appears in a humorous short film and will front Pink’s ready-to-wear collection as well as its Bespoke service, which is based at a new workshop in Vauxhall, London.

Regarding the collaboration, Pink president and chief executive officer, Christopher Zanardi-Landi, praised Goode, 41, calling him a natural fit.

“We are proud to announce Matthew Goode as our ambassador. Matthew embodies not only the Englishness of Pink and the sharpness of our cut, but also the sense of humour that’s deep in our veins,” he praised in a statement. “His style, class and very importantly, his humour, underline the long-term vision of the brand. Matthew Goode is the perfect Pink gentleman.”

In addition to his new fashion gig, Goode is currently starring as Matthew Clairmont on the TV show A Discovery of Witches and filming Matthew Vaughn’s The King’s Man, a prequel to the Kingsman franchise.

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Michelle Dockery was into grunge fashion growing up

Michelle Dockery was “obsessed” with Alanis Morissette’s signature grunge style as a teenager. The British star became famous for playing the polished and proper aristocrat Lady Mary in TV show Downton Abbey, but the 37-year-old has now revealed her r…

Michelle Dockery was “obsessed” with Alanis Morissette’s signature grunge style as a teenager.

The British star became famous for playing the polished and proper aristocrat Lady Mary in TV show Downton Abbey, but the 37-year-old has now revealed her real-life style was far removed from her character’s when she was growing up as she was into the grunge trend, which became popular in the ’90s thanks to artists like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Morissette.

Dockery was such a big fan of the Ironic hitmaker that she even tried to copy all of her outfits and hairstyles when she was 13 and 14 years old.

“I was completely obsessed with Alanis Morissette,” she recalled to U.S. InStyle magazine. “So when I went to bed, I’d put two braids in and then take them out in the morning so my hair would wave just like hers. I’d wear white shirts and jeans and just want to be her.”

The Godless actress regularly wore skirts that her mother made for her as well as Dr. Martens boots, a staple in any grunge wardrobe, alongside plaid flannel shirts and stonewashed or ripped jeans.

“My mum used to make a lot of our clothes when we were growing up, and when I got to that grunge phase, she would make my skirts,” Dockery continued. “That was her way of going, ‘I’ll make it look pretty and not really horrendous as if you just bought it from Camden Market (in London) and it’s dragging on the floor.'”

And at one point, she decided to experiment with her hairstyle and chopped her locks down to a cropped look too.

“Then I went through a phase when I cut my hair really short. I had a crop,” the star stated. “And I feel like that was the beginning of me wanting to be an actress. I was sort of copying people and playing characters.”

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Michelle Dockery cried at first Downton Abbey movie fitting

Michelle Dockery was overcome with emotion when she first tried on dresses for her first Downton Abbey movie costume fitting. The British actress played Lady Mary Crawley in the hit period drama series, which originally aired from 2010 to 2015, and s…

Michelle Dockery was overcome with emotion when she first tried on dresses for her first Downton Abbey movie costume fitting. 

The British actress played Lady Mary Crawley in the hit period drama series, which originally aired from 2010 to 2015, and she has reprised the role for the upcoming big-screen version.  

In a new interview with U.S. InStyle magazine, Michelle opened up about how lovely it was to reunite with castmates such as Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, and Joanne Froggatt, but also how odd it was to be back in her old costumes.  

“For my first Downton fitting, I felt quite emotional putting those dresses back on. Some were reused, but because it’s a film, we also dialled it up a notch. We could afford to go slightly grander,” she told the publication. “It felt like no time had passed at all. (I realised) I’d taken some things for granted. Like driving up to that house, it honestly took my breath away. But I think the three-year gap was perfect, because we’d all been off doing our own thing, and it was enough time to really, really miss it.” 

The movie focuses on the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary at the Crawley family’s English country estate, and London-born star assured fans that narrative follows on from the beloved TV programme.

“The film is very much a continuation of the show and everything that people loved about it. It really is for our brilliant, loyal fans,” the 37-year-old gushed.   

Elsewhere in the chat, Michelle sweetly credited Downton Abbey for helping to shape her career and personal life.   

“Downton played a huge part in shaping me as a person. We all went through our ups and our downs over the years, and in some ways the show supported us. Going back every year kept our feet on the ground,” she stated. 

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Jim Carter expects Downton Abbey sequel

Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter is already making plans to star in a sequel to the upcoming movie version of the hit TV period drama. The actor won hearts with his portrayal of the aristocratic Crawley family’s uptight butler Mr. Carson during the ITV seri…

Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter is already making plans to star in a sequel to the upcoming movie version of the hit TV period drama.

The actor won hearts with his portrayal of the aristocratic Crawley family’s uptight butler Mr. Carson during the ITV series’ original 2010 to 2015 run.

And Jim, who will reprise his role for the flick, expects fans of the show will love the new movie, which picks up in 1927 – where the TV series left off.

“For the fans, I think they will be very happy. It is everything people like about Downton Abbey in a two-hour film,” he told Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper, before noting that a sequel is in the realm of possibility. “It’s a business and I don’t make these decisions but if the film makes an awful lot of money there will be pressure to do another one.”

However, the 70-year-old confessed the final decision is down to the show’s creator, Julian Fellowes, and added: “If Julian is free to write it then they can put us back together. Never say never, anything is possible. But let’s get this first one done and see how it goes.”

In the film, which is due out in September, Mr. Carson is brought out of retirement to help oversee the royal family’s visit to Downton – an event that creates friction between the stately home’s staff and their regal counterparts.

Detailing the plot, Jim commented: “Queen Mary and King George V come to Downton Abbey and there is all the drama, excitement and worry that entails. That is the main event, but all the familiar characters are there and their foibles and their fears.”

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Laura Carmichael: ‘It was mad to be back at Downton Abbey’ 

Laura Carmichael found it “mad to be back” with her old castmates while shooting the Downton Abbey movie.The film, slated for release in September, will see Michelle Dockery return to her role as Lady Mary, alongside Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates, Hugh…

Laura Carmichael found it “mad to be back” with her old castmates while shooting the Downton Abbey movie.

The film, slated for release in September, will see Michelle Dockery return to her role as Lady Mary, alongside Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates, Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley and Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley.

And now Laura, who plays Lady Edith, has revealed to Collider that she had a lovely time filming with her friends.

“It was really cool. We had a really nice time. It was fantastic. Being around the dining room table again was like, ‘I can’t believe we’re back here!’ It was kind of bonkers. It was mad to be back, but just delightful to be back with friends,” she gushed.

As a huge fan of the programme, Laura was very happy to see Michelle and Jim Carter, who plays butler Carson, back in their roles.

“As someone who loves the show, it was a thrill to see Jim Carter be Carson again, and (Michelle) be Lady Mary. It was like, ‘There you are! It’s you again!’ We see each other quite a lot, but to see them return to those characters, I found exciting. I hope we translate that, on screen.

“It feels like it’s been a long time, but also no time, at the same time. I think it’s a good distance. It’s good timing,” the 32-year-old shared.

Laura is currently starring the Starz drama series The Spanish Princess, which is adapted from the novels of Philippa Gregory and follows the story of Catherine of Aragon, who became the first wife of King Henry VIII.

The British actress plays Maggie Pole, the aunt and mentor to Prince Arthur, and said she was able to understand her character’s loss in the first few lines of the script.

“It’s a really cool part. I really like how you really know where she’s coming from,” she added.

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Julian Fellowes honours mum with new Louise Brooks movie

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes jumped at the chance to adapt a story that imagined silent screen star Louise Brooks’ first trip to New York into a film, because his mother was often mistaken for the actress. Fellowes was still working on the Do…

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes jumped at the chance to adapt a story that imagined silent screen star Louise Brooks’ first trip to New York into a film, because his mother was often mistaken for the actress.

Fellowes was still working on the Downton Abbey TV series when his leading lady, Elizabeth McGovern, brought him Laura Moriarty’s book, The Chaperone, and asked if he would be interested in developing it for the big screen with her.

“At the time, I was fairly buried in Downton,” he tells WENN, “but I am very interested by Louise Brooks, who is the central character in both the book and the film.

“She was a silent film star and rather unusual in that she was also very prominent in the German film business at the time. She wasn’t just a kind of Hollywood cutie. She was rather more than that. So, I became very intrigued by this idea of tracing her origins.

“When my mother was a girl, she used to be mistaken for Louise Brooks, because, in those days, with silent pictures, nobody knew what their voices were like. So, the fact that my mother was English didn’t put fans of the real Louise Brooks off.”

Fellowes’ mum was mistaken for Brooks so often she started signing autographs as the actress.

“Presumably, her signature is in some movie museum at this very moment,” the writer chuckles.

McGovern, who plays the title character in The Chaperone, reteamed with Fellowes for the Downton Abbey movie, which is released later this year (19) and she admits he was the only person who could adapt Moriarty’s book: “Julian has an uncanny ability to tell a story incredibly economically.

“He writes in a very kind of spare way, but they are words that spring to life. I’ve found it time and time again, over the years working with him, that I’ll read something he’s written and not quite understand what he’s up to until I read the words aloud with other actors and it’s suddenly completely clear.”

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