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.


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.

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

Dame Maggie Smith in 'Downton Abbey'

Dame Maggie also confesses that she’s not totally comfortable with the level of fame ‘Downton’ has brought her, revealing that she’d managed to avoid that level of celebrity for her whole career until now.

"What's awful is it used to be just autographs, but now everyone wants photographs. You begin to feel like all those people who believed photographs took the soul away.

"There's nothing like privacy, but nobody will have that soon. Nobody's private any more."

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Who Said It?: Mark-Francis Vandelli or Downton's Dowager Countess?

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