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Lady Mary reveals her Britney side

Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery has revealed how she retains her anonymity when she is confronted by the show's fans.

The32-year-old actress has shot to fame on both sides of the Atlantic thanks to her role in the period drama as Lady Mary.

When she is recognised in the US, Dockery sometimes pretends she is "rich Britney, from Beverly Hills", who happens to look just like Lady Mary.

"It's a silly spoof, but it passes the time. We're always sending ourselves up," she said.

Dockery said of fans approaching her: "I find it quite easy to accept now, although at first I was nervous of complete strangers coming over and wanting to talk.


"Sometimes they want selfies, and I've said no occasionally, although you don't have to be rude. There's a time and place ... But," she added, "there aren't many disadvantages to being in a show like this."

Last month the ITV drama suffered disappointment at the Emmys despite being nominated for several awards.

But Dockery admitted: "An audience is the main thing, not awards."

Meanwhile, her co-star Lily James, (25) said she had shrugged off negative comments made by internet trolls after she was cast as Lady Rose.

"I was surprised people had an opinion about me, but now I don't want to engage with that stuff. The internet is not a real person, so why would you want to read it?"

The actress, who is dating former Doctor Who star Matt Smith, added: "Some actors don't care but I like to keep my private life separate."