TV Query: Can Michelle Dockery actually sing?
Yes. “Downton Abbey” viewers know that Dockery has a lovely singing voice due to the Season 2 arc when the estate was in use as a convalescent home for wounded World War I soldiers. She was famously performing “If You Were the Only Girl in the World” for the household when her love interest Matthew (Dan Stevens) came home from the war.
Prior to that, Dockery was trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she graduated in 2004. She also performed for the 50th anniversary of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London in 2009 and has also joined her “Downton” mom, Elizabeth McGovern, on stage with McGovern’s band Sadie & the Hotheads.
In a more somber performance, Dockery sang Peggy Lee’s 1937 ballad “The Folks Who Live on the Hill” at her fiance John Dineen’s funeral last December.
Dockery previously told The Sun, “People are saying I’m a jazz singer but I’m not really, I just sing,” she said. “It’s something I haven’t really had the time to explore yet, but I would love to. I love singing. I love music. At some point I will do more.”
If you’re tuning in to her new TNT drama “Good Behavior,” you’re in for a treat Tuesday (Nov. 15) when she takes on the classic Irving Berlin standard “Blue Skies.”
“Good Behavior” aired its first episode Sunday in a sneak peek preview; Tuesday TNT is re-airing the pilot followed immediately by the second episode, starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT.