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Friday 22 August 2014

TV Dockery: I owe a lot to Downton

Michelle Dockery has had more opportunities since starring in Downton Abbey

Michelle Dockery has revealed how Downton Abbey has opened up more screen opportunities for her.

The British actress admitted that, without playing Lady Mary Crawley in ITV's award-winning period drama, she may not have been offered the chance to star alongside the likes of Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Lupita Nyong'o in action movie Non-Stop.

"It's been amazing, and like all the cast, we really weren't expecting this. It's brought about such opportunity for us all," she said.

The 32-year-old continued: "Moving into something like Non-Stop has been a wonderful experience for me and I'm not sure that would have happened without the show so I owe a lot to the show.

"I love doing it, I love everything that goes around it like the amount of travelling that I've been doing. It's really been an incredible journey."

Michelle, who plays air hostess Nancy in Jaume Collet-Serra's action thriller, relished a role that couldn't be more different to Downton's Lady Mary.

"I read the script and loved it, and loved the role, and it was just a bonus really that it was an action thriller and something very different to what I have been doing. The opportunity to work with Liam and Julianne was just incredible," she added.

The actress admitted she didn't feel claustrophobic with the set, saying: "We were working in such tight spaces so it was quite challenging at times, but more so for the crew really. For us, it only fuelled our performances."

:: Non-Stop is in cinemas now.

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