For younger cast members, the experience has been equally life-changing — and not just because of the opportunity to act opposite the likes of Maggie Smith. As the spirited Lady Mary, Dockery has blossomed from a promising stage actress into a three-time Emmy nominee.
Though it can be difficult for some actors to move on from popular television roles, Dockery insists she isn’t worried about being pigeonholed as her aristocratic counterpart.
“Producers and directors, they have an imagination. I had a career before ‘Downton’ and I’ve done stuff in between,” said the actress, wearing a fuzzy pink robe over her beaded flapper gown as she sat on a tree stump on Highclere’s vast lawn. “I’m very proud of the show. I don’t think I could ever be annoyed about it.” [x]