Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery has announced she is engaged to boyfriend Jasper Waller-Bridge, six years after losing her fiancé John Dineen to cancer in 2015.The British actress, 40, shared the happy news with The Times in a statement, two years …
Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery has announced she is engaged to boyfriend Jasper Waller-Bridge, six years after losing her fiancé John Dineen to cancer in 2015.
The British actress, 40, shared the happy news with The Times in a statement, two years after the pair met "through friends" in 2019.
Dockery first went public with Jasper, the brother of Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, at the Rome Film Festival several years after her fiancé Dineen lost his battle to cancer age 34.
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The couple's engagement announcement read: "The engagement is announced between Jasper, son of Michael Waller-Bridge of King's Lynn, Norfolk, and Teresa Waller-Bridge of Battersea, London, and Michelle Dockery, younger daughter of Michael and Lorraine Dockery of Gidea Park, Essex."
Dockery is best known for playing Lady Mary Crawley in the period drama Downton Abbey and is set to reprise her role in the second film, while Jasper works as a TV and film producer.
Speaking about the death of her fiancé Dineen in 2017, Dockery told The Guardian she "never lost hope" during his illness.
"I never lost hope. No. I'm not exaggerating when I say that John did not complain once, never, not once, and that gave us strength," she said.
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"It's what keeps you going, that positivity — to never lose that hope for a miracle. I couldn't have done it any other way."
Dockery also drew comparisons between herself and her Downton Abbey character Lady Mary, who lost her husband early on in the series.
"We were engaged, and married at heart, and so I do consider myself a widow," the actress revealed.
Dockery met Irish-born Dineen in 2013 and the pair became engaged in 2015.
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