Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery has landed a role in The Sense Of An Ending, a film adaptation of the Man Booker Prize-winning Julian Barnes novel.

Michelle, who has played Lady Mary Crawley in the period drama TV series since 2010, will hit the big screen in what is described as a “tale of forgotten youth, love, and second chances”.

Michelle Dockery



Michelle Dockery (Richard Shotwell/Invision)

She joins The Iron Lady star Jim Broadbent in the cast, as well as Broadchurch star Charlotte RamplingHarriet Walter, who appeared in Downton as Lady Shackleton, and Doll & Em’s Emily Mortimer.

Jim plays divorced retiree Tony Webster, who comes into possession of a diary which forces him to re-evaluate his memories of a friendship and a relationship from long ago.

Jim Broadbent



Jim Broadbent (Anthony Devlin/PA)

The screenplay is by Nick Payne and the film will be directed by Ritesh Batra.

David Thompson of Origin Pictures said: “We are really excited about making this film, based on Julian Barnes’ remarkable book.

“We feel very lucky to have such a combination of talents which has attracted such a striking cast.”