Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery joins Claire Danes on Vanity Fair cover

Julianna Margulies of The Good Wife and Sofía Vergara of Modern Family also feature on the front of the TV special

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Britain’s Michelle Dockery has made the front cover of America’s Vanity Fair magazine. She’s featured alongside Julianna Margulies of The Good Wife, Homeland’s Claire Danes and Sofía Vergara of Modern Family.

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These are some of the strongest actors on television and in the magazine’s special TV Issue, Vanity Fair says: “This quartet represents four of the best shows currently, or ever, on the air.” But they are women, so clearly they had to be photographed in a bed with strategically placed sheets wrapped around them.

Vanity Fair calls Downton Abbey “a sophisticated sensation” and singles out Michelle Dockery as being one of the “most watchable women” on television.

Watch Dockery being interviewed about the shoot and just when she first realised Downton was a hit. Plus she reveals that she was a fan of My So-Called Life, the series that made the name of her fellow cover star, Claire Danes.

Vanity Fair then asked Claire Danes about MSCL: find out here whether she has as fond memories of the short-lived 1990s cult hit as we do.

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The special TV issue is of the US Vanity Fair magazine. For details of its UK version and availability of its iPad edition, see the Vanity Fair website.