Michelle Dockery Is "Obsessed" with the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

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Photo credit: Gareth Cattermole - Getty Images
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Michelle Dockery is "absolutely obsessed" with the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. While promoting Downton Abbey: A New Era, the leading lady explained her costars Elizabeth McGovern and Laura Carmichael got her into the reality show while they filmed the Downton sequel.

"I wasn't into this show before Elizabeth and Laura were like, 'You need to get into this show,'" Dockery told People. "So, I went straight in at season 1 during filming. If anyone wants to know what I was doing while we were doing the Downton Abbey 2 film, I was watching The Housewives of Beverly Hills."

Dockery would use her lunch break to binge-watch episodes, explaining, "I'd have my iPod on, and I would be catching up on episodes." Picture Lady Mary eating lunch at England's Highclere Castle—where Downton films—and watching an endless stream of Beverly Hills woman. (Season 12 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills just premiered, so Dockery had a lot of episodes to watch—245, to be exact.)

Dockery, along with the majority of the main cast of Downton, returned for Downton Abbey: A New Era. The story picks up where the first movie left off, with the wedding of Tom Branson to Lucy Smith. Soon, a film crew takes over Downton and Lady Mary supervises as other members of the family travel to the South of France to learn more about a mysterious villa Lady Violet inherited.

While there's no news whether the cast of Downton will be returning for more, the Real Housewives franchise keeps expanding. The newest series, The Real Housewives of Dubai, premieres May 26.

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