British actress Michelle Dockery has embarked on a new romance with an Irish financial consultant. The Downton Abbey star was photographed with London-based John Dineen in late August (13), during a trip to Italy for the Venice Film Festival, and it appears she's in love.
A witness tells America's Us Weekly magazine, "They fed the pigeons and ate gelato. At one point, he grabbed Michelle's hand and pulled her close for a long kiss."
Dockery was last linked to Casino Royale hunk Joseph Millson, but they split last October (12) after five months of dating.
The actress, who played Lady Sybil Crawley in the award-winning hit TV show, has parted ways from her partner of two years, Thomas Campbell, according to Britain's Daily Mail.
The pair met at London's Central St Martins College of Art, where Brown Findlay studied fine art while taking acting classes.
It's the second recent love split the Downton Abbey cast has faced - Michelle Dockery, who plays Brown Findlay's sister, Lady Mary Crawley, reportedly broke up from actor boyfriend Joseph Millson last month (Oct12).
Dockery began romancing the Casino Royale hunk earlier this year (12) and they recently hit the red carpet together at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in September (12).
However, after just five months of dating, the couple has now called it quits.
Millson appears to have confirmed the break-up on Twitter.com, writing, "Just wait for someone worth being in a relationship with. Stop wasting your time on the ones who don't deserve you."
The musical received four trophies over the weekend (19-20Feb11), including Best Actress in a Musical for Sheridan Smith, who plays the role Reese Witherspoon famously portrayed in the big screen original.
The show, staged at the Savoy Theatre in the U.K. capital, also won prizes for Best Supporting Actress (Jill Halfpenny), Best New Musical and Best Choreographer.
Meanwhile, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies scored two awards for Best Actor (Ramin Karimloo) and Best Supporting Actor (Joseph Millson).
Glee actor Jonathan Groff was also named Newcomer of the Year for his turn in Deathtrap.
Poirot star David Suchet was applauded as he picked up the Best Actor in a Play title for All My Sons, while his co-star Zoe Wanamaker won the female equivalent.
The musical Wicked, which was inspired by the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, took home two trophies including Best West End Show for the second consecutive year.
Casino Royale starts at the beginning as James Bond (Craig) takes his first baby steps as a Double O agent. His first assignment is to track down a terrorist cell in Madagascar but he’s a bit of a loose cannon and things quickly go awry. Bond’s superior M (Judi Dench) is soon regretting giving the arrogant Bond the promotion. Nonetheless Agent 007 takes it upon himself to follow a lead to the Bahamas and discovers that all nefarious dealings point to Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) a nasty fellow who has money ties to terrorist organizations. Le Chiffre is planning to raise money in a high-stakes poker game at the Le Casino Royale in Montenegro—and Bond gets in to beat him at his own game. Along with a hefty bankroll M also sends the beguiling accountant Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) to keep Bond in check. They are skeptical of each other at first but as the danger escalates it becomes apparent there is a growing attraction—and affection—between them. Natch. Can these two crazy kids make it work immersed in the cutthroat world of international intrigue? Well this is Bond after all—and we know how he ends up. Craig absolutely gets it. Whatever doubts people may have had when Craig was first announced as the new Bond are washed away in the first few minutes of the film. Sure if Casino Royale was anything like the last few Bond movies then maybe the understated Craig wouldn’t have fit in as well. But this is a different Bond. The British actor plays him not as the icon we’ve come to know but as a flawed man warts and all who flies by the seat of his pants isn’t necessarily refined and yes can even fall in love. Craig also raises the acting bar. His brief scenes with the impeccable Dench for example simmer and pop unlike anything we’ve seen before in a Bond film. Danish film star Mikkelsen (Pusher) is quite effective as the main baddie with a particularly gruesome physical malady while the always good Jeffrey Wright (Syriana) shows up as CIA Agent Felix Leiter. The one weak link unfortunately is Green (The Dreamers). She certainly looks the part of a “Bond girl ” but her Vesper is supposed to be whip-smart able to engage in witty banter with 007 and the French actress can’t quite pull it off. Craig needs more of a challenge. Too bad Judi Dench isn’t 30 years younger; she would have been perfect. Casino Royale the first book in the Ian Fleming series is basic Bond 101. Director Martin Campbell--who helmed Goldeneye Pierce Brosnan’s first and probably best foray into the franchise--strips it of all the far-fetched gadgets (save for a few new-fangled PDAs) and over-the-top action sequences leaving just good clean action devoid of any invisible cars armored Russian tanks and the such. Oh wait Bond does use a bulldozer at one point but that comes briefly in the middle of a rather extensive and hair-raising foot chase. It just proves action can be just as riveting without having to completely suspend your disbelief. Casino Royale is also rare in that it shows how Bond became THE James Bond the one we’ve seen in countless movies over the years in the stylish tuxes drinking the martinis driving the Aston-Martins and bedding all the beautiful women. Casino Royale breathes new life into the franchise and one can only hope they can keep up the good work without once again lapsing into the ridiculous.