26/07/2012 12:27 BST

'Downton Abbey' Girls Michelle Dockery And Laura Carmichael In Raunchy Gothic Photoshoot

Downton Abbey stars and on-screen sisters Michelle Dockery and Laura Carmichael have shaken off their prim and proper look in the hit ITV period-drama for a gothic transformation in LOVE magazine.

Dockery who plays Lady Mary and Carmichael who plays Lady Edith are usually seen covered-up in the finest aristocratic lace and gowns, but the raunchy Miss Havisham-esque photos below show the ladies flashing a lot more flesh.

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Michelle Dockery has a radical image transformation

Downton Abbey recently became the most nominated non-American show in Emmy Awards' history, adding 16 nominations to its belt last week on top of the eleven it scored last year. Lord Julian Fellowes' show Downton Abbey about an aristocratic family and those close to them has become more than a success Stateside, it's earned honourable national treasure status.

Dockery received a nod for Best Actress In A TV Drama Series in the nominations.

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The girls, along with Jessica Brown Findlay who plays Lady Sybil, are currently filming the Christmas special ahead of series three coming to TV screens this autumn.

The photos taken by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott were part of a shoot styled by Katie Grand, Editor-in-Chief of LOVE.

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LOVE 8 'A Costume Drama' Autumn/Winter 2012 goes on sale 30 July www.thelovemagazine.co.uk

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