Best known in the U.S. as Lady Mary Crawley of Downton Abbey, Michelle Dockery’s real life isn’t far from her upper class character’s. Michelle studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and first took the stage professionally at London’s National Theatre as Eliza Doolittle. Her family has deep English roots; her great-grandmother actually worked as a domestic servent, according! to Daily Mail.

Michelle seems to have a thing for period costume; she recently appeared alongside Keira Knightly in Tom Stoppard’s film adaptation of Anna Karenina. When not appearing in front of the camera, Michelle can still be found on stage, often singing alongside her on-air mama Elizabeth McGovern (Lady Cora). The pair record music together with Elizabeth’s band, Sadie and the Hotheads.

Birthplace: Essex, United Kingdom

Birthday: She’s a Sagittarius; born on December 15, 1981

Height: 5-foot-8

Marital status: Split from fellow actor Joseph Millson in November 2012, as reported by Daily Mail. As of September 2013, however, it looks like Michelle has a new man in her life.

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