‘Downton Abbey’ Star Michelle Dockery Has Found Love Again
Actress Michelle Dockery made a name for herself portraying early 20th-century aristocrat Lady Mary Crawley in the British historical drama, Downton Abbey. It was during the award-winning series’ run that her fiancé, John Dineen, was diagnosed with and eventually died from a rare cancer. Almost five years after his death, the actress has found love again.
Michelle Dockery’s fiancé died 5 years ago
The 38-year-old met John Dineen, the man who would become her fiancé, through one of her Downton Abbey castmates. In 2013, the actress announced that Allen Leech had introduced her to the man in her life but didn’t go into detail about her relationship. Leech played her brother-in-law, Tom Branson, on the period drama.
Dineen sadly developed a rare form of cancer, and Dockery threw herself into his care. The 34-year-old Irish public relations director succumbed to his illness in 2015.
Dockery spoke with The Guardian in 2017 about their relationship and needed time during the interview to compose herself.
“I don’t have the vocabulary to describe what it felt like,” she said. “And what it still feels like. It is … sorry, give me a minute. I’ve never been more committed to anything in my life than to him. So at the time everything just shut down. Work, everything. Work didn’t matter. You suddenly become an [oncological] expert. This stuff becomes your world, and that of course was my priority.”
Dockery has been dating Jasper Waller-Bridge since summer 2019
The Godless star has been seeing English music manager Jasper Waller-Bridge since the summer of 2019. At the time, she was promoting the Downton Abbey movie.
“Michelle has been traveling a lot to promote the Downton movie but they have been in constant contact,” a source told The Mirror. “Their friends and families are very happy for them. It is just so lovely. It was all taken slowly and in a considered manner but they are really enjoying being together.”
Apparently, Dockery is most comfortable seeing men who aren’t in the limelight.
“Jasper is a bit younger than Michelle,” the source continued. “But he has dated other older women in the past and it appears to be working for both of them. Michelle remains a very down-to-earth woman, dating an A-lister has never been her thing.”
Waller-Bridge’s sister is a well-known actress herself
If Dockery’s boyfriend’s last name sounds familiar, it is. His sister is renowned screenwriter and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge. She’s known for her writing and acting work on the Amazon hit series Fleabag, as well as for her screenwriting on Killing Eve.
Known for her straightforward approach to taboo topics in her work, Phoebe Waller-Bridge talked to The Guardian in 2018 about the upbringing she and her brother shared.
“I had a lovely, safe, loved upbringing,” she said. “Dinner every night, Mum and Dad encouraging us to talk and make each other laugh. I come from a place of security, and that has probably given me the confidence to look at my insecurities in a safer way.”
She described allowing her family a preview of Fleabag in its earliest stages. Jasper Waller-Bridge’s response?
“He said, ‘I think you’re going to scare a lot of men with this show. It’s going to freak them out,’” she said. “And I was like, ‘F***ing good, it’s about bloody time.’ Again, that narrative of keeping your man satisfied is rammed down our throats forever.”