Michelle Dockery - Michelle Dockery: 'Why The U.s. Loves Downton Abbey'

Actress Michelle Dockery is convinced Americans love Downton Abbey because they see it as a window to the lives of the British royal family.

The actress, who plays Lady Mary in the series, insists fans in the U.S. are fascinated with the period show because the fictional Crawley dynasty resembles the U.K.'s ruling Windsor family.

She also sees some remarkable parallels between plotlines in the drama series and real-life events, including the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, Queen Elizabeth Ii's Diamond Jubilee last year (12), and the birth of Prince George in July (13).

Dockery tells Radio Times, "They don't have an aristocracy so they've got this endless fascination with ours... They see a link with Kate and Will's wedding, the Queen's Jubilee and the royal birth. All these events happened around the same time Downtown Abbey was being broadcast in the U.S. and the audiences there see it as a window on to how the Royal family lives."


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