Michelle Dockery in BBC1’s Restless – preview pictures

The Downton Abbey star joins Hayley Atwell, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon and Charlotte Rampling for the drama which kicks off over Christmas


We all know Michelle Dockery will be gracing our screens on Christmas Day as part of the much-anticipated Downton Christmas special, but fans of Lady Mary will be pleased to hear the 30-year old star is also appearing in the BBC1 adaptation of William Boyd’s Restless just two days later.


Joining a star studded cast that includes Michael Gambon, Charlottel Rampling, Rufus Sewell and Hayley Atwell, Michelle plays Ruth Gilmartin. One day in 1976, Ruth’s mother reveals that she has been living a double life as is actually a spy who has been on the run for the last 30 years. 

Producer Hilary Bevan Jones has said of the two part drama: “Restless weaves a great love story within a riveting espionage thriller. Trust, betrayal and the need to escape the past are at the heart of this story.”


Restless starts on 27 December on BBC1 at 9pm