British actress Michelle Dockery has embarked on a new romance with an Irish financial consultant.

The Downton Abbey star was photographed with London-based John Dineen in late August (13), during a trip to Italy for the Venice Film Festival, and it appears she's in love.

A witness tells America's Us Weekly magazine, "They fed the pigeons and ate gelato. At one point, he grabbed Michelle's hand and pulled her close for a long kiss."

Dockery was last linked to Casino Royale hunk Joseph Millson, but they split last October (12) after five months of dating.