Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery devastated after Irish boyfriend dies

John Dineen and Michelle Dockery pictured together in 2013
John Dineen and Michelle Dockery pictured together in 2013

Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery has been left devastated following the death of her Irish boyfriend John Dineen.

The Cork man (34) died in Cork’s Marymount Hospital on Sunday morning after an illness, the Irish Examiner has reported.

A funeral service is expected to take place in Cork tomorrow.

It is understood that the pair were engaged, and they started dating in September 2013 after being introduced by Allen Leech, who stars alongside Michelle in the ITV period drama.

News of their relationship hit the headlines earlier this year when it was reported that Michelle had been excitedly showing off her diamond ring during screen tests for the popular period drama.

The couple, who closely guarded their privacy, never commented publicly on their relationship.

In September 2014, Michelle said: “I have a wonderful man in my life from Ireland. We were introduced by Allen Leech. That’s all you need to know.”

She even posted selfies on social media of her wearing the Munster rugby jersey.

Dineen was raised in Waterfall, Co. Cork and completed his undergraudate studies at UCC before completing a masters in UCD in 2005.

He worked as a Senior Director in FTI Consulting