Michelle Dockery marries Phoebe Waller-Bridge's brother Jasper in London – seven years after her fiancé John Dineen tragically died of cancer aged just 34

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  • Michelle is thought to have met Jasper in Los Angeles in 2019 through his sister
  • The bride’s friends and former cast members were spotted celebrating with her


Beaming with happiness, Michelle Dockery married 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.

Dressed in an understated white satin Josephine gown paired with a £995 Aspinal of London Florence bag , Ms Dockery, 41, chatted to guests including Lily James, Joanne Froggatt and Laura Carmichael following the 45 minute service a St Nicholas’ church in Chiswick, West London, at midday.

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 had a giant diamond ring on her engagement finger – and her partner Martin McDonagh.

Dressed in a stunning coral three-piece suit, Ms Waller-Bridge led the guests on a walk from the nearby George and Devonshire pub where they had gathered for a pre-wedding drink.

Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery has found love again as she married Jasper Waller-Bridge, seven years since the death of her former fiancé

Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery has found love again as she married Jasper Waller-Bridge, seven years since the death of her former fiancé

Michelle beamed on the day of her wedding as she grasped a blooming bouquet

Michelle beamed on the day of her wedding as she grasped a blooming bouquet 

Phoebe attended alongside her partner Martin MacDonagh, an Irish playwright

Phoebe attended alongside her partner Martin MacDonagh, an Irish playwright

Michelle Dockery was previously engaged to public relations executive John Dineen before he died from a rare form of cancer in December 2015, aged 34

Michelle Dockery was previously engaged to public relations executive John Dineen before he died from a rare form of cancer in December 2015, aged 34

Ms Waller-Bridge’s Etro double breasted blazer was priced at £1415, with a matching waistcoat and trousers priced at £440 and £530 respectively. 

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Relaxed: Michelle Dockery cut a casual figure as she enjoyed a low-key dog walk

Relaxed: Michelle Dockery cut a casual figure as she enjoyed a low-key dog walk 

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As well as being Ms Dockery’s big day, it was also a reunion for the cast of ITV’s Downton who were last seen together in the 2022 movie 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 Mrs Patmore.

Ms James was dressed in a £1495 Galvan Boyfriend coat, and an Erdem Evelyn floral-print ruffled voile gown £2995 with a matching £595 satin embroidered bag.

Ms Froggatt wore a Ghost dress – £149, a £120 Topshop blazer, a Rothys stripe pouch £120 and a Manila Blahnik spot clutch £1140.

Meanwhile, Manville went for a Diane Von Furstenberg Stassie jacket £646 and matching Diane Von Furstenberg Ciara trousers £455.

The show’s creator Julian Fellowes, 74, was also on the guest list along with is wife Emma Joy Kitchener – a former Lady-in-Waiting.

Imelda Staunton, who played Maud Bagshaw, was also in attendance as were Allen Leech who portrayed Tom Branson and Jim Carter – who starred as head butler Carson.

Also spotted amongst the guests was Happy Valley star James Norton It was a poignant day for Ms Dockery who was left heartbroken in 2015 when her fiancé, Irish publicist John Dineen, died following a 15-month battle against a rare form of cancer aged 34.

The couple 2013 and he proposed just under two years later but the pair never made it down the aisle. However, in a rare interview in 2017 Ms Dockery told how she still considered herself to be a widow.

The Mail on Sunday first revealed that Ms Dockery had found love for the first time following his passing after they met through mutual friends in 2019 and soon after they spent time together at the Rome film festival.

Ms Dockery was understood to be 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 they were to married in an announcement in The Times newspaper.

Michelle's beautiful gown was held up as the newly-weds left the ceremony earlier today

Michelle’s beautiful gown was held up as the newly-weds left the ceremony earlier today

Downton Abbey stars Hugh Bonneville and Jim Carter attended the ceremony too

Actress Lily James (pictured) wore a long lemon coloured coat to the London wedding today

Actress Lily James (pictured) wore a long lemon coloured coat to the London wedding today

Michelle is thought to have been introduced to Jasper, 35, in Los Angeles in 2019 through his sister Phoebe, 38, who wrote Killing Eve

Michelle is thought to have been introduced to 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

Dashing bride Michelle Dockery appeared overjoyed as her guests threw confetti today

The groom's sister Phoebe Waller-Bridge (right), whose known for the BBC series Fleabag, was in attendance in a stunning, bright pink three-piece suit

The groom’s sister Phoebe Waller-Bridge (right), whose known for 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 groom, Jasper Waller-Bridge (pictured), is a film and television producer

Also attending the wedding were actress Joanne Froggatt (left) and The Crown 's Lesley Manville (right)

Also attending the wedding were 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

Chuckling Hugh Bonneville (pictured centre) also starred in Notting Hill and Paddington

Chuckling Hugh Bonneville (pictured centre) also starred in Notting Hill and Paddington

Michelle's now sister-in-law Phoebe wore a stunning, bright pink three-piece suit to the wedding she attended alongside her partner Martin MacDonagh, an  Irish playwright

Michelle’s now sister-in-law Phoebe wore a stunning, bright pink three-piece suit to the wedding she attended alongside her partner Martin MacDonagh, an  Irish playwright

British actress, Joanne Froggatt, wore a stunning blue dress, paired with a white blazer

British actress, Joanne Froggatt, wore a stunning blue dress, paired with a white blazer

Attendee, Lily James (pictured left) starred in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Rebecca

Attendee, Lily James (pictured left) starred in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Rebecca

The newly-weds were showered in confetti as they left the church in Chiswick, London

The newly-weds were showered in confetti as they left the church in Chiswick, London

Lesley Manville CBE (pictured right) starred in Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris and Maleficent

Lesley Manville CBE (pictured right) starred in Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris and Maleficent

Floods of people attended the wedding today, including many famous faces and actors

Floods 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

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

Actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge was pictured with Martin McDonagh who wrote The Pillowman

Wedding guests were dressed in an array of bright colours at today's wedding ceremony

Wedding guests were dressed in an array of bright colours at today’s wedding ceremony

Ms Dockery has been nominated for three consecutive Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award

Ms Dockery has been nominated for three consecutive Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award

Julian Fellowes, the creator and producer of Downtown Abbey was spotted today (right)

Julian Fellowes, the creator and producer of Downtown Abbey was spotted today (right)

Ms Dockery, who grew up in Romford, Essex, is the daughter of Lorraine, a care home assistant from Stepney, East London

Ms Dockery, who grew up in Romford, Essex, is the daughter of Lorraine, a care home assistant from Stepney, East London

Holding a vibrant bouquet, Michelle Dockery and Jasper Waller-Bridge drove away

Holding a vibrant bouquet, Michelle Dockery and Jasper Waller-Bridge drove away 

Michelle Dockery’s father Michael is a surveyor from Athlone, Ireland

A countless number of guests were pictured at the London ceremony earlier today

A countless number of guests were pictured at the London ceremony earlier today  

Guests were spotted outside the church just after Michelle and Jasper took their vows

Guests were spotted outside the church just after Michelle and Jasper took their vows

Ms Dockery was dressed in an Emilia Wickstead bespoke Josephine wedding gown and an Aspinal of London Florence bag, priced at £995

Ms Dockery was dressed in an Emilia Wickstead bespoke Josephine wedding gown and an Aspinal of London Florence bag, priced at £995

Hughe Bonneville and Jim Carter both starred in the hit period drama Downton Abbey

Hughe Bonneville and Jim Carter both starred in the hit period drama Downton Abbey

Ms Dockery has been nominated for three consecutive Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award

Ms Dockery has been nominated for three consecutive Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award

Mr Waller-Bridge was born and raised in West London by his mother Teresa and father Michael, now married to the designer Rosemary Goodenough

Mr Waller-Bridge was born and raised in West London by his mother Teresa and father Michael, now married to the designer Rosemary Goodenough

The actress, who played Lady Mary Crawley in the ITV period drama, couldn't stop smiling as she left a London church

The actress, who played Lady Mary Crawley in the ITV period drama, couldn’t stop smiling as she left a London church

Phoebe Waller-Bridge wore an Etro double breasted blazer £1415, and a matching waistcoat priced at £440 and trousers - £530

Phoebe Waller-Bridge wore an Etro double breasted blazer £1415, and a matching waistcoat priced at £440 and trousers – £530

Lily James was dressed in a £1495 Galvan Boyfriend coat, an Erdem Evelyn floral-print ruffled voile gown £2995 with a matching satin embroidered bag priced at £595

Lily James was dressed in a £1495 Galvan Boyfriend coat, an Erdem Evelyn floral-print ruffled voile gown £2995 with a matching satin embroidered bag priced at £595

Ms Froggatt (pictured left) wore a Ghost dress - £149, and a £120 Topshop blazer, a Rothys stripe pouch £120 and a Manila Blahnik spot clutch £1140

Ms Froggatt (pictured left) wore a Ghost dress – £149, and a £120 Topshop blazer, a Rothys stripe pouch £120 and a Manila Blahnik spot clutch £1140

Lesley Manville (right) went for a Diane Von Furstenberg Stassie jacket £646 and matching Diane Von Furstenberg Ciara trousers £455

Lesley Manville (right) went for a Diane Von Furstenberg Stassie jacket £646 and matching Diane Von Furstenberg Ciara trousers £455

In January 2022 she and Mr Waller-Bridge announced they were to married in an announcement in The Times newspaper

In January 2022 she and Mr Waller-Bridge announced they were to married in an announcement in The Times newspaper

The wedding statement 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'

The wedding statement 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’

Michelle Dockery 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

Michelle Dockery 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

The BBC drama Fleabag was a drama about a grief-riddled woman who falls for a priest

The BBC drama Fleabag was a drama about a grief-riddled woman who falls for a priest

The BBC series Fleabag won 'Best Comedy Series' at the Emmys around four years ago

The BBC series Fleabag won ‘Best Comedy Series’ at the Emmys around four years ago 

Michelle Dockery has also starred in The Gentlemen, which featured Hugh Grant and Matthew McConaughey

Michelle Dockery has also starred in The Gentlemen, which featured Hugh Grant and Matthew McConaughey

Downton Abbey depicts the lives of the Crawley family in a fictional country estate

Downton Abbey depicts the lives of the Crawley family in a fictional country estate

The groom, Jasper Waller-Bridge was beaming with happiness following the wedding 

It 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.’ 

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 the designer Rosemary Goodenough.

Ms Dockery has been nominated for three consecutive Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.




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