Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery ‘absolutely obsessed’ with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

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‘That’s what we were doing during filming!’ Michelle Dockery reveals she and her Downton Abbey co-stars are ‘absolutely obsessed’ with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Michelle Dockery has admitted she is ‘absolutely obsessed’ with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

The 40-year-old actress and her Downton Abbey co-star Elizabeth McGovern have both confessed to being huge fans of the hit reality series, after they began watching episodes while filming sequel A New Era.

Elizabeth, 60 – who plays Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, in Downton – said: ‘We’re obsessed.’

Reality fan: Michelle Dockery, 40, has admitted she is ‘absolutely obsessed’ with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Michelle, who plays Lady Mary Crawley, admitted she was actually introduced to the series by Elizabeth and Laura Carmichael, who plays Edith Crawley.

The actress confessed to watching The Real Housewives in between filming new movie Downton Abbey: A New Era.

She told PEOPLE: ‘I wasn’t into this show before Elizabeth and Laura were like, “You need to get into this show,” So, I went straight in at season one during filming.

Devoted: The actress and her Downton Abbey co-star Elizabeth McGovern have both confessed to being huge fans of the hit reality series

Devoted: The actress and her Downton Abbey co-star Elizabeth McGovern have both confessed to being huge fans of the hit reality series

‘If anyone wants to know what I was doing while we were doing the Downton Abbey 2 film, I was watching The Housewives of Beverly Hills.’

Michelle used to watch the show between takes and during meals.

She shared: ‘On my lunch break, I’d have my iPod on, and I would be catching up on episodes.’

All stars: Michelle, who plays Lady Mary Crawley, admitted she was actually introduced to the series by Elizabeth (centre) and Laura Carmichael (left), who plays Edith Crawley

All stars: Michelle, who plays Lady Mary Crawley, admitted she was actually introduced to the series by Elizabeth (centre) and Laura Carmichael (left), who plays Edith Crawley

Michelle and Elizabeth became close friends when they shot the Downton TV series.

And Elizabeth has admitted to being a huge fan of her co-star, saying she watched Michelle’s acting in a bid to learn from her.

It comes after Michelle revealed she was living in a student house and working as an understudy for 10 parts before getting the call up to be in Downton Abbey.

After growing up in Romford the actress started her career in theater before she got the break of a lifetime, starring in Downton when she was 27.

Speaking on the Reign with Josh Smith podcast about how her career changed, she said: ‘I was 26 and got the call to audition for this role, Lady Mary in Downton Abbey. I was living with three other girls in a big house.

Looking back: It comes after Michelle revealed she was living in a student house and working as an understudy for 10 parts before getting the call up to be in Downton Abbey (pictured as Lady Mary)

Looking back: It comes after Michelle revealed she was living in a student house and working as an understudy for 10 parts before getting the call up to be in Downton Abbey (pictured as Lady Mary)

‘It felt like a student house so there were four of us living in this house and I remember getting the audition and thinking this is a big one. You know, Jillian Fellows had written it, Hugh Bonneville was already attached and Maggie Smith.

‘It felt like a big deal. And you know, at the time I was auditioning for lots of other parts and wasn’t getting certain parts that I wanted at the time. And so I went into it thinking, ‘okay, I’m just gonna give this my best shot.

‘I remember being really conscious of doing it and then letting it go and not hanging onto it for too long because I was anticipating disappointment. I remember getting the call and I was in this house that I shared with my mates in my room and I remember getting a call from my agent and I had to sit down.

‘I remember that when she told me I had to take a minute and sit down. You know, when I look back, it was life changing at that moment. We never would’ve dreamed it would become the phenomenon the show has become and that 12 years later I’d be sitting here and we’d still be talking about it.’

Popular: Downton ran for six seasons from 2000 to 2015 and two films based on the franchise were also released - the last of which Downton Abbey: A New Era came out in May 2020 (Michelle pictured at recent premiere in London)

Popular: Downton ran for six seasons from 2000 to 2015 and two films based on the franchise were also released – the last of which Downton Abbey: A New Era came out in May 2020 (Michelle pictured at recent premiere in London)

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