“Downton Abbey” star Michelle Dockery, who plays the prickly, outspoken eldest Crawley daughter on the popular British import show, stopped by “The Late Show with David Letterman” Thursday night (Feb. 9) to talk about the final episodes of Season 2, particularly in regards to Mary’s prospects.
“Sir Richard Carlyle isn’t very popular among the family and the tension is beginning to rise. He can see that there is a closeness that Matthew and Mary have, but of course I can’t tell you what happens,” says Dockery. “It’s forever will-they, won’t-they. On Twitter, we’ve apparently been called the Ross and Rachel of period drama.”
“You’ll have to wait and see… if anything arises,” Dockery giggles, wiggling her eyebrows.
Letterman also asks her about getting her start in acting and Dockery shares the most wonderful story about auditioning for “The Sound of Music” in London’s version of Broadway, the West End.
“One of my earliest auditions was for ‘The Sound of Music,’ the musical in the West End. I got through the first round, got through to the second round, this is to be one of the Von Trapp children. It was to sing, so they put us in a line as the potential Von Trapp children and I belted out ‘Do Re Mi’ and they asked us each what our names were and what our theatre experience was. Each girl along the line enunciated beautifully … and they got to me and I said, ‘I’m Michelle. I’ve done lots of shows ’round Essex but I ain’t done nothing ’round the West End.’ There wasn’t a lot of room for a cockney girl in ‘The Sound of Music.'”
Hilarious. “Downton Abbey” airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.