Michelle Dockery, the British star best known as Lady Mary on Downton Abbey, has seen dark times this past year — and she’s embraced them for her new role as a con artist in new TNT drama, Good Behavior.
The 34-year-old told reporters at Monday’s series premiere in New York City that she “just fell in love” with her first role since Downton and “couldn’t put down” Blake Crouch’s book that forms the foundation for the show.
“[Letty Raines is] an amazing character to play,” she added. “I was thrilled they had faith in me to do it.”
Dockery, who lost her fiancé John Dineen to cancer last December, earned praise from her costars for her professionalism in the aftermath of personal tragedy.
“She’s amazing,” said Juan Diego Botto, who plays Dockery’s character’s love interest.” She’s the kind of actor if you had to choose just one kind of actor to work with for the rest of your life, that would be the kind of actor she is and she’s very passionate about what she does.”
Adds Crouch, who is co-producing the series, “It was, like, the best experience in television that I’ve had, working with Michelle, because she was so fearless going into this role.”
“I mean, the character of Letty Raines is this broken, damaged, resilient character, and Michelle was game to just go there and to go to these incredibly dark places and she brought out things in this character that I didn’t even know were there.”
Good Behavior premieres Tuesday at p.m. ET on TNT.9