Michelle Dockery says family, friends and acting helped her cope with the loss of her Irish fiancé.
John Dineen died of cancer in December at the age of 34 and although Michelle is notoriously tight-lipped about her private life, she admitted that her loved ones have helped her through the tragedy.
“No one I would name because I am very private about my private life,” she told the Sunday Telegraph. “But friends and family see you through the most difficult times.”
Michelle also admitted that acting served as a “release”.
Speaking about her role in new US series Good Behaviour, she said: “It was very fortunate for me that this came along at the right time. It wasn’t a conscious decision to do something so totally different from Downton’s Lady Mary but I was completely hooked on the script from the first page and I loved the complexity of the character.
“Downton Abbey was an incredible journey for six years and we were very sad to say goodbye, but it was the right time and it was very exciting actually leaving and going on to something like this and a whole new path in my career.”
And Michelle admitted she has not ruled out a return to Downton Abbey if a big screen adaptation gets the green light.
“The thing that I miss the most are my cast members,” she said. “But we are all still very close. I think there is potential for a film. That is something I would wholeheartedly consider, so we will see. It may not be over yet.”