Michelle Dockery has revealed she donated her costume clothes from Netflix drama Anatomy of a Scandal to a charity, Smart Works.
The political drama stars Michelle as prosecuting QC Kate Woodcroft who is forced to struggle with the biggest court case of her career and the impact it has on her personal life, as powerful politician James Whitehouse (Rupert Friend) is accused of a shocking crime and has his scandalous secrets surface.
Michelle plays the ambitious barrister who becomes involved with the complex case, believing James is guilty and determined to prove she’s right.
The star, who has returned to her leading role as Lady Mary in the new Downton Abbey film, Downton Abbey: A New Era, said on The One Show tonight: ‘On some shows that you do you get given the clothes, we don’t on Downton by the way, but I did for my wardrobe for my character Kate in Anatomy.
‘For a couple of years now I’ve been working with a charity called Smart Works which supports women who have financial difficulty, and so the clothes are then given as a sort of wardrobe and somebody styles them for an interview, and also there is coaching and confidence training for the interview.’
She added: ‘The clothes on Anatomy were great for an interview!’
According to Smart Works’ website, the charity ‘exists to give women the confidence they need to reach their full potential, secure employment and change the trajectory of their lives’.
Responding to the fact that someone had been given one of the blazers Michelle wore as Kate by Smart Works, who had now got a job at a children’s nursery, Michelle said: ‘Oh fantastic!’
The popular Netflix drama also stars famous faces Sienna Miller and Naomi Scott, and was created by by Emmy winner David E. Kelley, and Melissa James Gibson, behind huge hitters such as Big Little Lies and House Of Cards.
The series is not based on a true story per se, but is based on Sarah Vaughan’s best-selling novel of the same name, which was released in 2018.
The former Guardian journalist is known for a number of psychological thrillers which often deal with themes such as power and privilege, and the pressures placed on women.
The writer drew from experience of covering in the courtroom as a reporter and political correspondent.
She said her time reporting in politics helped her understand the ‘power, privilege and entitlement’ of the UK political arena.
Anatomy of a Scandal is available to watch on Netflix.