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Downton Abbey Star Michelle Dockery's Fiance' Dies At 34 After Battle With Cancer

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Very sad news to report this Tuesday. Downton Abbey’s series star Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) is grieving after the loss of her fiance’ John Dineen, who died at age 34 after a long bout with cancer.

Dockery was introduced to Dineen back in 2013, by Michelle’s long time ‘Downton’ castmate, Allen Leech (Branson).

John Dineen died in Cork’s Marymount Hospital on Sunday morning after being diagnosed with cancer.  It has been reported that the hospital is known for its pain management facilities in Ireland, specializing in  care services for terminally ill patients.  Dineen was being treated in London before returning home to Ireland.

A spokesman for Michelle Dockery said in a brief statement: “The family is very grateful for the support and kindness they have received but would kindly request that they are left to grieve in private.”

Michelle was just in New York City doing a promotional US tour for the premiere of Downton Abbey’s sixth and final season to air beginning in January on PBS Masterpiece.  Dockery is reported to have flown back from the US to be with her fiance’ and his family in his final hours.  A funeral service is expected to take place in Ireland on Wednesday.

Hearbreakingly, today December 15th is also Michelle Dockery’s birthday.

Share your thoughts and condolences on the passing of John Dineen in the comment section below.

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This is terrible news. I am so very sorry for her loss.

So sad.

What absolutely awful news regarding this lovely woman! I’ve adored Michelle’s take on Lady Mary since the very beginning of Downton….her innate grace, steely fortitude and immense composure wrapped up in that perfectly porcelain personage impressed me to no end….apparently those qualities are just as imbued in the actress herself. To have witnessed her most professional and flawless promotional stateside appearances for the “Abbey” over this past week, one never could have imagined the truly devastating reality she was privately facing. Certainly bespeaks of her own “Steel Magnolia” constitution!!! Having said that, deepest of condolences to this most gifted lady….how sad that in a very real sense, life is imitating art for her!

If you read this, Ms. Dockery, I extend to you my deepest sympathy on the loss of your fiance. My heart goes out to you. May his memory be a blessing.

Lin Herz
Palm Bay,Florida

Devastatingly sad…

Her poor heart! Praying for comfort, peace and rest for their family. It’s not going to be an easy holiday season for them. Praying that they are blessed to not see him struggle anymore. It is so tragic to watch a loved one go through that. Oh gosh, and he was so young. 🙁

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Now comes word from Focus Features that a big-screen sequel is in the works and is slated for release this Christmas in December of 2021.

In a social media announcement, the film company shared: “We’re thrilled to announce that Julian Fellowes and the entire Downton cast are back for #DowntonAbbey2, with Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West joining! See the film in theaters this Christmas.”

While, of course, no plot has been teased or given away, Fellowes will write the screenplay, with Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) set to direct.

“There’s no place like home for the holidays, and we can’t imagine a better gift than getting to reunite with Julian, (producer) Gareth Neame and the entire Downton family in 2021 to bring the Crawleys back home for their fans,” said Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawsk in a statement.

So, excited to see your favorites and some potential new ones in the all-new Downton Abbey Movie later this year? Comment below.

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What we know is that the The film is set in 1927 and the plot revolves around the King and Queen of England coming to the estate for a visit and so … the Crawleys must prepare their arrival.  In fact, they have to bring back Mr. Carson to help!

Featured in the trailer are series stars, who are also back for the film: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Joanne Froggatt, Jim Carter and Maggie Smith.

Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the script and Michael Engler will serve as director. Engler directed the two-hours series finale.

As fans know, Downton Abbey ran on PBS Masterpiece for six seasons here in the U.S.

Check out the trailer, and then let us know if you are excited to see the movie? Comment below.

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As previously reported, the series executive producer Gareth Naeme said about the film,  “We aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Look for the film to land in movie theatres on Friday, September 20th, 2019, with it debuting internationally the week prior on Friday, September 13th.

Most of the cast is intact including: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, David Haig, Geraldine James, Robert James-Collier, Simon Jones, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Stephen Campbell Moore, Lesley Nicol, Kate Phillips, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton.

Julian Fellowes once again writes the script for the film for the characters he created for the TV series.

Now check out the first trailer below, when just hearing that memorable opening theme song, it brought us back to the drama and the romance of Downton Abbey.

Let us know if you are thrilled to know that the movie is set for release …. and if you are looking forward to seeing what happens to the Crawleys and others in the next chapter of their story when the movie comes your way via the comment section below.

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