Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery talks love, happy endings and Lady Mary’s latest scandal

"Lady Mary is always just chasing the happy," says the actress as the hit period drama returns

Downton Abbey is poised to return for its sixth and final season this Sunday. According to writer Julian Fellowes, this run of episodes is all about endings and resolutions. For Michelle Dockery’s character Lady Mary, this surely means finally finding Mr Right? 

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“She’s never short of a suitor or two,” Dockery says, when RadioTimes.com catches up with her ahead of the series.

“For me I’ve realised this year that actually Mary is just trying to find happiness within herself. It’s not just about finding the right man. She goes through quite an interesting time in her life in this series. She just wants to be content – and happy. She’s always just chasing the happy.”

But that doesn’t mean romance won’t feature for the quick-witted Crawley during series six. Fans should expect to see more of handsome Henry Tablot [Matthew Goode], who we met during the 2014 Christmas special. 

“I can’t tell you much about him,” Dockery teases. “I mean, he’s around! He’s Lady Shakleton’s nephew which is a surprise to all of the characters and he’s one of the potentials…”

When it comes to life at the Abbey, Mary faces more scandals when a past indiscretion comes back to haunt her. 

“Oops, I did it again!” Dockery laughs. “She’s sort of got to a point where she’s like, ‘If it’s going to come out, it’s going to come out.’ She’s almost getting bored of these scandals that keep rearing their ugly heads.”

Sex scandals aside, the question on all our lips is: will Mary, and the rest of the Crawleys, get a happy ending? Alas, Dockery point-blank refuses to give us an answer… for now. 

“You’ll have to wait and see,” she laughs. “You wouldn’t wanna know, would you? Because you want to be surprised. We don’t want to spoil it for you!”

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Downton Abbey returns on Sunday at 9:00pm on ITV


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