Downton Abbey cast and their real life partners

The ITV drama has even sparked romance off-screen…


Downton Abbey is known for its drama and scandal. But in real life, the actors tend to live pretty normal lives. Away from the glitz and glam of the period drama, many of the actors are happily married, in relationships or have moved on from past loves. Meet the cast and their real-life partners here…

Hugh Bonneville

Hugh plays Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham in Downton, but in real life he can be found in humble West Sussex with his wife Lucinda ‘Lulu’ Evans. They married in 1998 and have a son called Felix.

Michelle Dockery

Michelle Dockery was previously engaged to PR professional John Dineen before his tragic passing in 2015. John was 34 at the time and suffered from a rare form of cancer. Since his sad death, Michelle has found love again and is now in a relationship with Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s brother Jasper. The pair announced their engagement in January 2022.

Michelle Dockery

Elizabeth McGovern


Lily James

In 2014, Lily James began dating actor Matt Smith, who is best known for playing the Doctor and Prince Phillip in Netflix’s The Crown. Last year, the couple called it quits, reportedly due to hectic schedules. In October, Lily hit headlines alongside actor Dominic West after the two were spotted embracing in Rome. However, the rumours were seemingly quashed after Dominic released a statement alongside his wife Catherine, stating: “I just want to say our marriage is strong and we are very much still together.”