​Michelle Dockery on Pippa and James Middleton: 'They are good fans of the show'

It turns out Michelle Dockery and Pippa Middleton knew each other long before they were spotted laughing together at Wimbledon.

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The Downton Abbey star confirmed that she has known Kate's little sister for years.

Michelle told E! that Pippa “came on-set with her brother, James, a few years ago.” The 32-year-old actress added, “They are good fans of the show. I met her then and bumped into her at Wimbledon.”

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And while Michelle says that “it was really special to be invited into the box where you were so close to the action,” the celebrity perk wasn’t lost on the young starlet. “It’s amazing and I’ve been a big fan of tennis for years,” she said about attending Wimbledon.

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Michelle returns to the small screen as Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary in the show’s fifth season, which premieres on January 4. Pippa and James recently completed a 3,000-mile charity cycle across America before attendingnephew Prince George's birthday party at Kensington Palace.

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