Beaming with happiness, Michelle Dockery married her boyfriend Jasper Waller-Bridge today, surrounded by her Downton Abbey co-stars.
The actress, who played Lady Mary Crawley in the ITV period drama, couldn’t stop smiling as she left a London church hand in hand with Waller-Bridge, the younger brother of Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Wearing an understated white satin dress, Ms Dockery, 41, chatted to guests including Lily James, Joanne Froggatt and Laura Carmichael following the 45-minute lunchtime service at St Nicholas’ Church in Chiswick, west London.
She and Mr Waller-Bridge, 35, a former talent agent for the likes of Holly Willoughby, Amanda Holden and Ant and Dec, were joined by the groom’s sister Phoebe – who wore a huge diamond ring on her engagement finger – and her partner Martin McDonagh .
Wearing a stunning coral three-piece suit, Ms Waller-Bridge led guests on a stroll from the nearby George and Devonshire pub, where they had gathered for drinks before the wedding.
Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery found love again when she married Jasper Waller-Bridge, seven years after her former fiancé’s death
Not only was it Ms Dockery’s big day, but it was also a reunion for the cast of the ITV series Downton, who were last seen together in the 2022 film, which came after six television series. As well as Ms James, Ms Froggatt and Ms Carmichael, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Lesley Manville and Lesley Nicol – the actress who played Ms Patmore.
The show’s creator, Julian Fellowes, 74, was also on the guest list along with his wife Emma Joy Kitchener, a former lady-in-waiting.
Imelda Staunton, who played Maud Bagshaw, was also in attendance, as was Allen Leech, who portrayed Tom Branson, and Jim Carter, who appeared as head butler Carson.
“Happy Valley” star James Norton was also among the guests. It was a poignant day for Ms Dockery, who was left heartbroken in 2015 when her fiancé, Irish publicist John Dineen, died aged 34 after a 15-month battle with a rare form of cancer.
The 2013 couple and he proposed almost two years later, but the couple never made it to the altar. However, in a rare interview in 2017, Ms Dockery said she still considered herself a widow.
The Mail on Sunday first revealed that Ms Dockery had found love for the first time following his death, after they met through mutual friends in 2019 and shortly after spending time together at the Rome film festival.
It was believed that Ms Dockery was friends with her new husband’s older sister, and the two stars crossed paths when they both spent time in Los Angeles over the summer.
In January 2022, she and Mr Waller-Bridge announced that they were getting married in an announcement in The Times newspaper.
Michelle beamed on her wedding day as she picked up a blooming bouquet of flowers
Phoebe took part with her partner Martin MacDonagh, an Irish playwright
Michelle Dockery was previously engaged to PR executive John Dineen before he died of a rare form of cancer in December 2015, aged 34
Michelle’s beautiful dress was held up as the bride and groom left the ceremony today
Actress Lily James (pictured) wore a long lemon-colored coat to the wedding in London today
It is believed that Michelle met Jasper, 35, in Los Angeles in 2019 through his sister Phoebe, 38, who wrote Killing Eve
Dashing bride Michelle Dockery appeared overjoyed as her guests threw confetti today
The groom’s sister, Phoebe Waller-Bridge (right), known from the BBC series Fleabag, was in attendance in a stunning bright pink three-piece suit
The groom, Jasper Waller-Bridge (pictured), is a film and television producer
The wedding was also attended by actress Joanne Froggatt (left) and The Crown’s Lesley Manville (right).
Michelle and Jasper’s wedding took place at St. Nicholas’ Church in Chiswick, London
Downton Abbey stars Hugh Bonneville and Jim Carter also attended the ceremony
Michelle’s now sister-in-law Phoebe wore a stunning bright pink three-piece suit to the wedding, which she attended with her partner Martin MacDonagh, an Irish playwright
British actress Joanne Froggatt wore a stunning blue dress paired with a white blazer
Contestant Lily James (pictured left) starred in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Rebecca
The newlyweds were showered with confetti as they left the church in Chiswick, London
Crowds of people attended the wedding today, including many famous faces and actors
James Edward Carter OBE, who played Charles Carson in Downton Abbey, was spotted today
Actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge was pictured with Martin McDonagh, who wrote The Pillowman
It read: “The engagement is 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 , announced.” ‘
Ms Dockery, who grew up in Romford, Essex, is the daughter of Lorraine, a care home assistant from Stepney, East London, and Michael Dockery, a surveyor from Athlone, Ireland.
Mr Waller-Bridge was born and raised in west London by his mother Teresa and father Michael, now married to designer Rosemary Goodenough.
Ms. Dockery has been nominated for three consecutive Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.