The producers of Downton Abbey couldn’t have created a better wedding scene, with glamorous star Michelle Dockery at the center of a glorious, joyful celebration in the late summer sun.
Beaming with happiness, the actress married Jasper Waller-Bridge – the brother of Fleabag creator Phoebe – yesterday in a star-studded ceremony in West London.
The bride, who played Lady Mary Crawley in the ITV drama, was surrounded by Downton co-stars including Elizabeth McGovern, Lily James, Hugh Bonneville and Jim Carter, famous as unflappable head butler Carson.
But Mrs Dockery risked being overshadowed by her new sister-in-law. Phoebe was dressed in a stunning pink Etro double breasted suit worth £1,945 and a matching deep neck waistcoat priced at £440.
And the Hollywood look was completed with a giant diamond ring on her engagement finger, a wide-brimmed woven hat, a black tie and sunglasses.
Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery has found love again as she married Jasper Waller-Bridge, seven years after the death of her former fiancé
The groom’s sister, Phoebe Waller-Bridge (right), known from the BBC series Fleabag, attended in a beautiful bright pink three-piece suit
Michelle’s now sister-in-law Phoebe wore a stunning bright pink three-piece suit to the wedding she attended with her partner Martin MacDonagh, an Irish playwright
Wedding guests were dressed in an array of bright colors during today’s wedding ceremony
It was a poignant day for Ms Dockery, almost eight years after her fiancé, Irish publicist John Dineen, died aged 34 after a 15-month battle with a rare form of cancer. The couple met in 2013 and although they never made it down the aisle, Mrs Dockery told an interviewer: ‘I consider myself a widow.’
Four years after his death, The Mail on Sunday revealed for the first time that Ms Dockery had found love again and met Mr Waller-Bridge – a former talent agent for the likes of Holly Willoughby and Ant and Dec – through mutual friends in 2019. Shortly after, they spent time together at the Rome Film Festival.
Yesterday they left St Nicholas’ Church in Chiswick, west London, as husband and wife. The 41-year-old bride wore a simple but elegant – and £100,000, expensive – custom-made satin dress by Emilia Wickstead, and a £995 Aspinal of London bag with pear-shaped handles, while the groom, who is in his midst -30, wore a traditional three-piece navy blue suit.
Before the ceremony, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, 38, who attended with her partner, 53-year-old playwright Martin McDonagh, and older sister Isobel, a composer, led guests from the nearby George and Devonshire pub, where they had gathered for the ceremony. a drink and to church.
The event served as a reunion for the Downtown cast, who were last together last year when they filmed the second big-screen performance. There was also Joanne Froggatt, who played Anna Bates, Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith), Imelda Staunton (Maud Bagshaw), Allen Leech (Tom Branson) and Lesley Nicol (Mrs Patmore). The show’s creator, Julian Fellowes, 74, was also there with his wife Emma Joy Kitchener, a former maid of honor.
Michelle’s beautiful dress was held up as the newlyweds left the ceremony earlier today
Fellow Downton actor Lily James was also in attendance, wearing a cream coat and carrying a black bag
Downton Abbey stars Hugh Bonneville and Jim Carter also attended the ceremony
Actress Lily James (pictured) wore a long lemon-colored coat at the wedding in London today
It is believed Michelle was introduced to Jasper, 35, in Los Angeles in 2019 through his sister Phoebe, 38, who wrote Killing Eve
Dashing bride Michelle Dockery looked overjoyed as her guests threw confetti today
Other acting luminaries during the 45-minute ceremony included Phantom Thread star Lesley Manville and Happy Valley and McMafia star James Norton.
The Crawley clan would have been proud of their fashion choices.
Lily James was dressed in a smart Galvan Boyfriend coat costing £1,495 and an Erdem Evelyn floral print dress with ruffles costing £2,995. Ms Froggatt wore a more modestly priced £149 Ghost dress and a £120 Topshop blazer, but blew the budget on a £1,140 Manolo Blahnik polka dot clutch.
Mrs Manville wore a £646 Diane Von Furstenberg Stassie coat and matching trousers costing £455.
Additional reporting: Eliza Scarborough