Michelle Dockery and fiancé Jasper Waller-Bridge attend Downton afterparty after red carpet debut


They got engaged earlier this year, with news of their upcoming nuptials announced in The Times newspaper.

And on Monday, Michelle Dockery, 40, made a very rare appearance with her fiancé Jasper Waller-Bridge, 34, as they attended Mayfair nightspot Quaglino’s following the launch of Downton Abbey: A New Era, in Leicester Square. 

The betrothed couple earlier made their red carpet debut as an engaged pair at the London premiere of the latest feature length spin-off of the beloved period drama. 

Date night! On Monday, Michelle Dockery, 40, made a very rare appearance with her fiancé Jasper Waller-Bridge, 34, as they attended Mayfair nightspot Quaglino’s

For the afterparty, Michelle showcased her stunning frame in a floor length black halter neck gown boasting a thigh high split, with a thick belt cinching in her waist. 

The Anatomy of A Scandal actress boosted her height in a classic black pair of barely-there stilettos and carried her belongings in a cross-body bag. 

She styled her raven tresses into a textured ponytail, and draped a camel coloured coat over her shoulders.

Her husband-to-be stayed dressed in the same sleek suit and tie set he’d worn on the red carpet earlier that evening. 

Red carpet debut: The betrothed couple earlier made their red carpet debut as an engaged pair at the London premiere of Downton Abbey: A New Era, in Leicester Square

Red carpet debut: The betrothed couple earlier made their red carpet debut as an engaged pair at the London premiere of Downton Abbey: A New Era, in Leicester Square

Fun: The betrothed couple were at the London hotspot following the launch of Downton Abbey: A New Era, in Leicester Square, earlier in the evening

Fun: The betrothed couple were at the London hotspot following the launch of Downton Abbey: A New Era, in Leicester Square, earlier in the evening

While making their red carpet debut as an engaged couple, Michelle dazzled in an eye-catching silver gown at the Downton Abbey: New Era London premiere.

The actress, who plays Mary Crawley in the series and its film sequels, made sure all eyes were on her as she glistened in a sensational gown. 

Michelle wowed in the stunning ensemble which was accompanied by a matching cape as she graced the star-studded red carpet.

The beauty styled her brunette bob in glamorous curls while she bolstered her striking features with a slick of mascara and a touch of bold red lipstick. 

Fabulous: For the afterparty, Michelle showcased her stunning frame in a floor length black halter neck gown boasting a thigh high split, with a thick belt cinching in her waist

Fabulous: For the afterparty, Michelle showcased her stunning frame in a floor length black halter neck gown boasting a thigh high split, with a thick belt cinching in her waist

The Downton Abbey star has been in a relationship with Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s sibling since 2019, and the news of their upcoming nuptials was announced in The Times newspaper in January.

The announcement reads: ‘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 Dockery, younger daughter of Michael and Lorraine Dockery of Gidea Park, Essex.’

The actress met Jasper, who is creative director of Sport, Music, Drama, Comedy and Entertainment company YMU Group, through mutual friends.

Sensational: While making their red carpet debut as an engaged couple, Michelle dazzled in an eye-catching silver gown at the Downton Abbey : New Era London premiere

Sensational: While making their red carpet debut as an engaged couple, Michelle dazzled in an eye-catching silver gown at the Downton Abbey : New Era London premiere

Elegant: The Anatomy of A Scandal actress boosted her height in a classic black pair of barely-there stilettos and carried her belongings in a cross-body bag

Elegant: The Anatomy of A Scandal actress boosted her height in a classic black pair of barely-there stilettos and carried her belongings in a cross-body bag

A source said at the time: ‘It was all taken slowly and in a considered manner but they are really enjoying being together.

‘Michelle has been travelling a lot to promote the ‘Downton’ movie but they have been in constant contact…

‘Their friends and families are very happy for them. It is just so lovely. Jasper is a bit younger than Michelle but he has dated other older women in the past and it appears to be working for both of them.

‘She remains a down-to-earth woman, dating an A-lister has never been her thing.’ 

Gorgeous: The actress, who plays Mary Crawley in the series and its film sequels, made sure all eyes were on her as she glistened in a sensational gown, while posing alongside her fiancé

Gorgeous: The actress, who plays Mary Crawley in the series and its film sequels, made sure all eyes were on her as she glistened in a sensational gown, while posing alongside her fiancé

Finishing touches: She styled her raven tresses into a textured ponytail, and draped a camel coloured coat over her shoulders

Finishing touches: She styled her raven tresses into a textured ponytail, and draped a camel coloured coat over her shoulders

The happy news comes after Michelle became a widow following the death of her fiancé in December 2015. John, passed away at the age of 34 after battling a rare form of cancer, and Michelle said the pair were ‘married at heart’. 

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

Yay: The Downton Abbey star has been in a relationship with the creative director and Fleabag star's sibling since 2019, and the news of their upcoming nuptials was announced in The Times

Yay: The Downton Abbey star has been in a relationship with the creative director and Fleabag star’s sibling since 2019, and the news of their upcoming nuptials was announced in The Times

‘That’s the first time I’ve said that, and it’s a bit of a relief to say so.’

Michelle also spoke about the devastation she felt when John was diagnosed and when he passed away.

In 2017, she 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.

‘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.’

Sad: Michelle's late fiancé John Dineen, a commercial public relations executive from Cork, passed away in 2016 after a battle with cancer at the age of 34 (pictured 2013)

Sad: Michelle’s late fiancé John Dineen, a commercial public relations executive from Cork, passed away in 2016 after a battle with cancer at the age of 34 (pictured 2013) 

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