Actress Michelle Dockery and Jasper Waller-Bridge have announced their engagement after a few years together.

The couple have reportedly been together since 2019 and announced the news in a notice placed in The Times on Thursday (January 20).

Dockery, 40, is best known for her role as Lady Mary Crawley in the popular ITV period drama Downton Abbey and is due to reprise the character for an upcoming film sequel.

She was previously engaged to John Dineen, who died from cancer in 2015 aged 34.

Waller-Bridge is a film and TV producer who has also worked for a leading talent agency and managed former One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson.

News Shopper: Dockery is best know for her role in Downton Abbey (PA)Dockery is best know for her role in Downton Abbey (PA)

He is the brother of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the writer, creator, and star of BBC comedy-drama Fleabag.

Speaking to The Daily Mail on the news, Waller-Bridge's father said: "We could not be more delighted!

"We have had a very happy time getting to know Michelle over the last few years and she's an absolutely delightful person. We couldn't be happier for them both.

"Michelle will be a wonderful addition to the family and we are certain that she and Jasper are going to have a very joyful marriage and life together."