Michelle Dockery cuts a casual figure as she enjoys relaxed day at the beach in ...

She is one of Britain's most acclaimed actresses best known for her role in Downton Abbey.

And Michelle Dockery enjoyed a break from her hectic schedule as she visited the beach in Malibu, California with her friends this week.

The Lady Mary Crawley star, 38, cut a casual figure in a black sweater and boyfriend jeans as she chatted with her pals, snapped some selfies and took a paddle in the sea.

Beach day: Michelle Dockery enjoyed a break from her hectic schedule as she visited the beach in Malibu, California with her friends this week

Beach day: Michelle Dockery enjoyed a break from her hectic schedule as she visited the beach in Malibu, California with her friends this week

Relaxed: The Lady Mary Crawley star, 38, cut a casual figure in a black sweater and boyfriend jeans as she chatted with her pals, snapped some selfies and took a paddle in the sea

Relaxed: The Lady Mary Crawley star, 38, cut a casual figure in a black sweater and boyfriend jeans as she chatted with her pals, snapped some selfies and took a paddle in the sea

The wrapped up in a tan and red checked scarf and wore a cross-body bag,

Her raven locks were styled in soft waves while the star wore a light palette of make-up.

Making the most of her day off, Michelle was seen walking up and down the beach, taking in the scenic views before walking onto the rocks.

2020 will be a busy year for Michelle who is set to star in drama, Defending Jacob,  alongside Marvel star Chris Evans.  

Barefoot stroll: The beauty wrapped up in a tan and red checked scarf and wore a cross-body bag as she walked barefoot across the beach

Barefoot stroll: The wrapped up in a tan and red checked scarf and wore a cross-body bag as she walked barefoot across the beach 

Beach chic: Her raven locks were styled in soft waves while the star wore a light palette of make-up

Beach chic: Her raven locks were styled in soft waves while the star wore a light palette of make-up

Explore: Michelle and her friends were seen walking on the rocks as they enjoyed their day

Explore: Michelle and her friends were seen walking on the rocks as they enjoyed their day 

Casual cool: Michelle took her walking boots off for a quick dip in the sea

Casual cool: Michelle bundled up as she walked on the rocks

Casual cool: Michelle took her walking boots off for a quick dip in the sea before a walk on the rocks

Scenic: Michelle looked relaxed as she took in the stunning views in California

Scenic: Michelle looked relaxed as she took in the stunning views in California

The actors plays the parents of suspected teen killer Jacob Barber, played by Jaeden. 

Based on the gripping 2012 New York Times best selling novel by William Landay, the drama follows Chris' character Andy Barber, an assistant district attorney who is investigating the murder of teen Ben Rifkin - a classmate of his son Jacob.  

After searching Jacob's room, he discovers a knife that fits the description of the murderer's knife. He is left defending his son from the murder. 

Photo time: Michelle looked delighted as she took a scenic photo with her pals on the rocks

Photo time: Michelle looked delighted as she took a scenic photo with her pals on the rocks

Radiant; The star looked gorgeous as she walked on the golden sands with her friends

Radiant; The star looked gorgeous as she walked on the golden sands with her friends

Delight: Michelle took a dip in the freezing waters during the blustery day

Delight: Michelle took a dip in the freezing waters during the blustery day

Chat: The pals looked happy as they walked along and chatted

Chat: The pals looked happy as they walked along and chatted 

Walk: The trio soaked up the winter sun as they enjoyed a day of leisure

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