Michelle Dockery | "Downton Abbey"

"I was listening to Beyonce's new album nonstop this morning while getting ready," the "Downton Abbey" actress, sporting a structured black and white gown with a plunging neckline. "That album is everything I want in life. It's brilliant."<br><br>

Dockery's cheerfulness is a stark contrast from that of her character's this season. When the fourth season of "Downton Abbey" picked up earlier this month, it had been six months since the death of Mary's husband, and downton heir, Matthew.<br><br>

"Matthew is a tough one to beat," Dockery said. "He was the love of [my character's] life.  I think  [creator Julian Fellowes] is taking every character on an interesting journey."

( Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times )

"I was listening to Beyonce's new album nonstop this morning while getting ready," the "Downton Abbey" actress, sporting a structured black and white gown with a plunging neckline. "That album is everything I want in life. It's brilliant."

Dockery's cheerfulness is a stark contrast from that of her character's this season. When the fourth season of "Downton Abbey" picked up earlier this month, it had been six months since the death of Mary's husband, and downton heir, Matthew.

"Matthew is a tough one to beat," Dockery said. "He was the love of [my character's] life. I think [creator Julian Fellowes] is taking every character on an interesting journey."

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