Michelle was born on December 15, 1981. Following her dreams of becoming an actress she studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and also won the most prestigious Gold Medal awarded by the school. Unlike her famous onscreen character, Michelle herself comes from humble surroundings. She scrimped and saved in order to attend the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, working as a waitress, in a newspaper recruitment office and as an assistant for the National Youth Theatre.
She made her debut with His Dark Materials (2004) at the Royal National Theatre. She was next seen in Pillars of the Community (2006). These established her mettle as an actress and got her critical acclaim. While she was a well known face at the theatre, onscreen success didn’t follow easily. She was seen in a series of films and TV series such as Fingersmith (2005), Hogfather (2006), The Red Riding Trilogy (2008), Waking the Dead (2008), Cranford (2009) and The Turning of the Shrew (2009).
Apart from being a great actress, Michelle is also an accomplished Jazz singer. She has performed several times at the famous jazz club Ronnie Scott. She has also collaborated musically with her costar Elizabeth McGovern and even plans to release an album with her.
Michelle got the much deserved recognition and success from her role of the haughty heiress Lady Mary Crawley in the popular show Downtown Abbey (2010). She also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an actress in a Television Series for this show. There has never been any major plastic surgery controversy about the actress till now.
The only time the actress sparked rumors about a possible breast implant was when she made an appearance at the SAG Awards 2013 wearing a Chado Ralph Rucci gown, considerably flaunting her assets. The vintage gown that the Michelle dared to wear showed more than half of her breasts on the sides. She teamed t up with minimal makeup and a simple hairdo. It seemed like she wanted her breasts to have all the attention.
Michelle is already blessed with perfectly round and fuller breasts. And there was hardly a need for the actress to go for a boob job. Still this excessive show where she just couldn’t have enough of her sex appeal, made people suspect if the actress had actually gone for a plastic surgery. However neither Michelle nor experts have ever confirmed the rumors that eventually died out.