‘Downton Abbey’ season 3: Sad news for Michelle Dockery

Mrs. Carter: There’s some sad news breaking from “Downton Abbey” … at least when it comes to one of the show’s actors behind the scenes.

While when it comes to romance season 3 has been a happy one for Michelle Dockery’s character of Mary courtesy of her wedding to longtime love Matthew, it has not been nearly as pleasant for the actress in real life. Multiple sources are currently claiming that the Emmy-nominated actress has split from beau of the past several months in Joseph Millson, who was even so kind as to recently accompany her to the Primetime Emmy Awards in Hollywood. Unfortunately, these are just the sort of things that happen not just in show business, but also in real life.

Here is what one source close to Millson (who is also an actor) had to say about the breakup:

“He’s heartbroken. The split was unexpected and it’s still very raw for him. Joseph’s a really down-to-earth guy. He’s ­understandably upset.”

While Dockery’s Mary did start off this season on such a high note when it came to her wedding, it’s also not an understatement at all to say that things have taken a little bit of a bad turn since that time. Much of the story lately has revolved more on some characters who are surrounding her character, whether it be the tragic death of her sister Sybil, Edith being left at the altar at her own wedding, or the financial troubles that have led to Matthew taking on much more of an ownership role than he has in the past (at Mary’s own encouragement).

Are you sad to hear this news? If you want to hear some more scoop more directly relating to what you should expect to see in Sunday night’s new episode, you can do so here.

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