Michelle Dockery, star of Downton Abbey, appears in a forthcoming drama written by Peaky Blinders’ Steven Knight.
The Town has cast the actress, who recently married Phoebe Waller Bridge’s brother Jasper and played Lady Mary Crawley in the ITV historical drama.
The 41-year-old appears completely unrecognisable in the six-part BBC series, sporting a new punk appearance that is a world apart from Lady Mary’s prim and proper clothes and her normal fine outfit selections.
Michelle is shown in the first look photos of The Town wearing a throwback T-shirt and applying fuschia lipstick in a tiny mirror, which contrasts with her vivid pink eyeshadow.
Michelle’s persona wears her hair long, wavy, and with a big fringe, rather than her famed straight brown bob, and her arms are covered with numerous trinkets and bangles.
Lady Mary would never do such a thing!
According to the synopsis, The Town is ‘set in a world of family ties, teenage kicks and the exhilarating music of a generation and tells the story of a band’s formation against a backdrop of violence, capturing how creative genius can emerge from a time of madness.
‘The drama opens in 1981 at a moment of huge social tensions and unrest. Against this backdrop, it tells the story of a group of young people fighting to choose their own paths in life, and each in need of the second chance that music offers.’
The series also stars Marcella’s Nicholas Pinnock, David Dawson from My Policeman, Jordan Bolder from The Woman King, and Geraldine James from Back To Life.
Michelle has already unveiled a dramatic new appearance for a role, adopting a red wig to play a con artist on the US TV show Good Behaviour and morphing into a lawyer on Anatomy of a Scandal.
She was just cast in another interesting part in the next film, Here, co-starring Tom Hanks.
The film is based on Richard McGuire’s graphic novel of the same name.
The Town is coming to the BBC.