Nominated as outstanding lead actress in a drama series, Dockery showed a more vulnerable side over the past season of Downton Abbey

By K.c. Blumm
August 22, 2014 04:05 PM

She began the fourth season of Downton Abbey in deep mourning over the sudden loss of her husband. But the spark deep within the heart of Michelle Dockery‘s character, Lady Mary Crawley, couldn’t remain buried for long.

As the episodes went on, she found her way out of the darkness, and as series creator Julian Fellows says, she began “entertaining the notion that she could fall in love again.”

Watching Dockery, 32, who’s nominated for the third straight year for outstanding lead actress in a drama series at the Emmys, move from crushing sadness to believing in the possibility of a happy ending (all without losing her caustic wit) was more than a little inspiring.

As Dockery admits, Lady Mary “isn’t a walkover – she doesn’t like to be told what to do,” and whatever you do, don’t call her dainty.

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