Downton Abbey's Dame Maggie Smith A Handful To Work With' Reveals Producer

Posted: 8/04/2012 13:16 Updated: 8/04/2012 13:17   WENN

Dame Maggie Smith
Dame Maggie Smith is as much of a handful as her character Countess Dowager in Downton Abbey, the producer reveals

Actress Dame Maggie Smith can be "a handful" on the set of hit British TV series Downton Abbey and is "very difficult" to work with, according to a producer on the period drama.

The veteran star has won acclaim for her catty character Dowager Countess of Grantham, but US executive Rebecca Eaton admits Smith is equally fearsome behind the camera.

Speaking during a recent screening of the show for American audiences, Eaton said, "Maggie Smith is a handful, it's true. She's very difficult. She knows her worth, and she's tricky on the set, but she delivers when the time comes."

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However, Eaton remains a big fan of the Harry Potter actress, revealing it was her casting that sealed the producer's decision to join the show.

She recalls, "I heard that Maggie Smith had been cast to be in it and I thought, 'We have to do it'. Because she, like Judi
Dench
, like Eileen Atkins - there are a few British actors, if they're in, I want it because I just think they're going to be good."

Downton Abbey:

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  • Lady Mary

  • Lady Cora

  • Lavinia Swire

  • Lady Mary and Richard Carlisle

  • Matthew Crawley and Lavinia Swire

  • Ethel

  • Dowager Duchess

  • The Earl of Grantham with his daughters

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