This stuff becomes your world, and that of course was my priority.”. Dineen, a public relations director, died on … He was just 34 years old. She says she wouldn’t expect anyone in her life to fully understand what it was like to lose him. That’s all you need to know.”, “John’s like family to me and I knew he’d really get on with Michelle,” he explained. Sign up for the “Mamamia Daily” newsletter. “Whether in his work or his personal life John was extremely loyal,” she said. Your morning hit of the top news stories, to be consumed with a coffee in hand. Come on Munster! Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery gets engaged to Irish boyfriend John Dineen Congratulations are in order for actress Michelle Dockery and her boyfriend John Dineen. Michelle Dockery and John Dineen in the royal box at Wimbledon’s centre court last year. Rachel Dale, The Sun … “She’s a great girl – probably as far from Lady Mary as you could imagine.”, Dineen worked in London, and the couple were occasionally snapped together out in public, including at Wimbledon and the Venice Film Festival. Dineen, a public relations director, died on Sunday morning at the Marymount hospice in County Cork, Ireland, where he was being cared for in recent weeks. If you're not already a Mamamia member, sign up (it's easy, we promise). Leech was quoted as saying "John's like family to me and I knew he'd really get on with Michelle. A post shared by Michelle Dockery (@theladydockers) on Aug 30, 2019 at 11:07am PDT. “I’ve got people around me who I can turn to for advice: my mum, and my partner, John. Golden Globe-winning actor’s partner, public relations director John Dineen, died on Sunday in an Irish hospice, First published on Tue 15 Dec 2015 12.22 GMT. Dineen died unexpectedly in December 2015. The couple were first pictured together as they holidayed in Venice, Italy, during that year’s 70th International Venice Film Festival. She's a great girl – probably as far from Lady Mary as you could imagine". Despite her worries for her fiancé, she managed to finish filming the show’s last season, where Lady Mary was still struggling to deal with the trauma of Matthew’s car-crash death, years down the track. Downton Abbey’s final episode, a feature-length special, will be broadcast on Christmas Day. In an interview with Red magazine, published last month, she also spoke of the security her relationship brought her. PHOTOS: Stars gone too soon Read article She’s a great girl – probably as far from Lady Mary as you could imagine.”, Sad to have lost my friend John Dineen, he was an incredible man Thoughts & Prayers to his family & #MichelleDockery pic.twitter.com/UJyc87QZoh, Following Tuesday’s news, the Dragons’ Den investor Gavin Duffy paid tribute to Dineen, tweeting: “Michelle Dockery Lady Mary, young widow #Downton has confirmed her real life fiance Corkman John Dineen has died RIP.”. But she cut her trip short and rushed back to Ireland when she heard Dineen didn’t have long left. #munster #rugby, A post shared by Michelle Dockery (@theladydockers) on Oct 18, 2014 at 5:50am PDT. Michelle Dockery spent three years playing a grieving widow in Downton Abbey. He was my friend, my king, my hero, my everything.”. But, at this stage, my instincts are pretty good,” she said. Downton Abbey Star Michelle Dockery Devastated After Fiancé Dies of Cancer at 34 Public Relations executive John Dineen died of a rare form of cancer in Cork, Ireland on Sunday “We were introduced by Allen Leech. Dineen’s sister Trish said at the funeral that she had received a new “sister” and “angel” in Dockery. Her relationship with Dineen is thought to have begun in September 2013 after they were introduced by the Irish actor Allen Leech, who stars alongside Dockery in Downton Abbey. “I have a wonderful man in my life from Ireland,” she said in 2014. In December, Dockery flew with her Downton Abbey co-stars to the US to promote the show’s final season. Dockery posted photos of herself on social media wearing a jersey from Dineen’s favourite rugby club, Munster.\, Hat on. But then came the news that Dineen’s cancer was terminal. Dockery, who turned 34 on Tuesday, is understood to have been with Dineen for his final days at the Irish hospice, which specialises in palliative care. Video In 2016, three months after his death, she returned to work to film Good Behavior. “The family is very grateful for the support and kindness they have received but would kindly request that they are left to grieve in private,” a spokeswoman for the actor said. The family appealed for privacy as they made the final preparations for a private funeral service in Cork on Wednesday. To love him and be loved by him. Dineen died in December 2015, a week before the final episode of Downton Abbey aired in the UK. While Dockery’s character Lady Mary lost her husband Matthew in a car crash, Dockery lost her fiancé John Dineen to cancer. Dockery says he never complained, and that gave them both strength. They again made headlines earlier this year when it was reported that Dockery was showing off a diamond ring to her co-stars during screen tests. “It’s what keeps you going, that positivity – to never lose that hope for a miracle,” she told The Guardian. But the couple guarded their privacy closely, with Dockery only briefly referencing Dineen in an interview more than a year ago when she said she had a “wonderful man in my life from Ireland”. At his funeral, Dockery sang his favourite song, “The Folks Who Live on the Hill”, and spoke about him. Jersey on. Post continues below. Dockery never revealed much about him in interviews, except to say that she’d met him through her Irish Downton Abbey co-star Allen Leech, who played Tom Branson. Please sign in to contribute to the Mamamia Community. They got engaged, and she was spotted showing off her ring to her co-stars on the Downton Abbey set. Dockery, who played Lady Mary Crawley in the ITV period drama, was recently on a promotional tour for Downton Abbey in the US, during which she made an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last Wednesday and Watch What Happens Live on Thursday. Darnell Strom, an agent at Creative Artists Agency, wrote: “Sad to have lost my friend John Dineen, he was an incredible man. Michelle Dockery and John Dineen met in 2013. Because Dineen was a private person and didn’t want to reveal the news of his cancer, no reason was given as to why Dockery was pulling out. “It was clear that when John was in your corner he was there. Leech has said of introducing the pair: “John’s like family to me and I knew he’d really get on with Michelle. Watch the trailer for Downton Abbey the movie. Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery's partner, John Dineen, has passed away at the age of 34 after battling a rare form of cancer. Thoughts & Prayers to his family & #MichelleDockery”. Michelle Dockery spent three years playing a grieving widow in Downton Abbey.And then she became one herself. Just months into their relationship, Dineen was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. He died with Dockery and his family around him. “You see things differently,” she told The Guardian. “Work didn’t matter,” Dockery later said. And then she became one herself. Michelle Dockery Lady Mary, young widow #Downton has confirmed her real life fiancé Corkman John Dineen has died RIP pic.twitter.com/z57nZU8vSk. Now, she's gearing up for the U.S. release of the Downton Abbey movie, in … The Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery’s fiance, John Dineen, has died aged 34 after a long-term illness. “You suddenly become an expert [in cancer]. DOWNTON Abbey star Michelle Dockery laid to rest her fiance John Dineen by singing an emotional ballad she often sang to him. Dockery started a relationship with John Dineen, from Waterfall, Ireland, in 2013. The Downton Abbey star was among family and close friends as she attended the wake at the Church of St James in the village of Ballinora, County Cork, close to the farm where Mr Dineen … Dockery and Dineen, a public relations executive, started dating in 2013. I was honoured to know John. “It was just baffling, and still is to me, that my character’s storyline was so similar.”. Just as Lady Mary was a young widow, Dockery was only 33 when Dineen died. The Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery’s fiance, John Dineen, has died aged 34 after a long-term illness. While Dockery’s character Lady Mary lost her husband Matthew in a car crash, Dockery lost her fiancé John Dineen to cancer. Dineen, a public relations executive, proposed to the Downton Abbey actress in early 2015; however, the pair never made it down the aisle. In October 2015, Dockery pulled out of a stage production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. In Downton Abbey, Dockery’s character, Lady Mary Crawley, was widowed and left to look after her son George following the death of her on-screen husband Matthew Crawley, played by actor Dan Stevens. The actress had been introduced to Dineen, then a public relations director at FTI Consulting in London, by Irish actor Allen Leech, who appeared alongside Dockery in Downton Abbey. “One of the difficult things at the time was the parallels with Mary,” Dockery told The Guardian in 2017. Even though Dockery never married Dineen, she refers to herself as a widow. The actor has received critical acclaim for her role, having been nominated for three consecutive Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. “I wouldn’t wish it on anyone or expect them to know.”. Originally from Waterfall near Cork city, Dineen had been working with the FTI Consulting firm in London when he was diagnosed with the illness.