‘Downton Abbey’ star wants to be the first female James Bond

Michelle Dockery has revealed the next big role she has her sights set on.

The 38-year-old English actress is best known for playing Lady Mary Crawley in all six seasons of Downton Abbey and the recent hit movie based on ITV’s period drama series.

Discussing the possibility of becoming the first ever female James Bond, Dockery recently told The Sun: “I love Bond, so yeah, I’d never say no.”

She explained: “I think a lot is changing with those films. I’m looking forward to the next one for that reason.”

The new James Bond movie arrives in cinemas this April.

No Time to Die will be Daniel Craig’s fifth and final mission as 007, with rumours already swirling about who could take over from him.

Michelle Dockery commented: “Those rumours about Gillian Anderson [in the role] years ago . . . I was so up for that.”

She added: “Those roles with a darker side appeal to me. But it’s all about them feeling authentic. I’ve never played a really mean character, although Lady Mary can be a bit like that at times.”

Dockery is expected to reprise her role as Lady Mary in the Downton Abbey sequel, which is set to begin filming next year.

Her new film The Gentlemen is in cinemas now.

The Downton Abbey movie is available on DVD on Amazon.