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Downton's Dockery: The day I turned 30 I stopped 'giving a s***'

Published 02/12/2013 | 18:37

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The British actress, best known as Lady Mary Crawley in hit TV drama Downton Abbey, celebrated her landmark birthday in December 2011.

Period drama star Michelle Dockery says she stopped giving a "sh*t" when she turned 30.

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The British actress, best known as Lady Mary Crawley in hit TV drama Downton Abbey, celebrated her landmark birthday in December 2011.

Since then Michelle has felt a lot more confident in every aspect of her life.

"In my twenties I was a bit of a worrier; it bothered me what people thought of me, what job I was doing. But, then, the day I hit 30 I didn't give a sh*t anymore," she laughed to British magazine InStyle.

"Yeah, it's also something to do with Downton, which is a very solid and successful job; it just gives you that sense of security, I guess."

At the age of 12 Michelle was so adamant about getting into acting she asked her parents for a transfer to a school which had a drama department.

Now having made it in the industry the brunette beauty is enjoying the perks of having enough money to feel comfortable.

"I mean, I own a flat now. I worked out I moved 16 times from the age of 19, just hopping about from different flats, because I couldn't always afford to stay," she recalled.

"It's lovely to feel stability now. And I travel. Until I was 27, I'd maybe been to America once and, like, Ibiza when I was 18. That was it."

Michelle is also grateful to have enough experience to keep a cool head when acting alongside big names on Downton Abbey.

"I'm not sure I would have dealt with it all if I was 22. You learn an incredible amount doing theatre, not just about to behave," she explained. "I think I would have fallen to pieces [sharing a scene with Dame Maggie Smith at 22]."

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