Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery announces engagement to Phoebe Waller-Bridge's brother

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Michelle Dockery is engaged to partner Jasper Waller-Bridge.

The Downton Abbey star has been dating the brother of Phoebe Waller-Bridge since 2019.

The news was announced in The Times, with the bulletin reading: "The engagement is announced between Jasper, son of Michael Waller-Bridge of King's Lynn, Norfolk, and Teresa Waller-Bridge of Battersea, London, and Michelle, younger daughter of Michael and Lorraine Dockery of Gidea Park, Essex."

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Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

The couple were introduced by mutual friends, and they made their relationship public at the Rome Film Festival.

Jasper, 34, previously worked as a manager for Harry Styles, and is currently a producer for Day One Entertainment.

Michelle, 40, was previously engaged to John Dineen who sadly passed away in 2015 following a battle with cancer.

Speaking about his loss the actress, who played Lady Mary Crawley in the popular ITV show, said: "I don't have the vocabulary to describe what it felt like.

"And what it still feels like. It is … sorry, give me a minute. I've never been more committed to anything in my life than to him.

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Photo credit: Ben Pruchnie / Centrepoint

"So at the time everything just shut down. Work, everything. Work didn't matter. You suddenly become an [oncological] expert. This stuff becomes your world, and that of course was my priority."

She added: "I refer to myself as a widow, yes. We were engaged, and married at heart, and so I do consider myself a widow."

She paid tribute to him at his funeral, saying: "Whether in his work or his personal life John was extremely loyal. It was clear that when John was in your corner he was there.

"I was honoured to know John. To love him and be loved by him. He was my friend, my king, my hero, my everything. We celebrate him, we honour him and we will miss him."

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