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02/03/2015 03:01 GMT | Updated 02/03/2015 12:59 GMT

Dame Maggie Smith Doesn't Think Her 'Downton Abbey' Character Could Continue Past Series Six: 'They Say This Is The Last, How Could It Go On?'

Dame Maggie Smith has admitted she “doesn’t see how” her character in ‘Downton Abbey’ could carry on past series six.

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The British acting veteran has portrayed Downton’s Dowager Countess, Violet Crawley, since the ITV show’s inception in 2010, but claims that when it returns to screens later this year for its sixth series, it could very well be her last.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, she explains: “They say this is the last one, and I can’t see how it could go on.

“I mean, I certainly can’t keep going. To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We’re into the late 1920s.”

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