Maggie Smith thought she wouldn’t live to see the end of Downton Abbey 210



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As Downton Abbey draws to a close, it’s customary for the actors to reflect on the series and how they’ve felt. But Maggie Smith had a rather tongue-in-cheek response when she was interviewed recently: she said she was amazed she lived long enough to finish the final series of acclaimed TV program, Downton Abbey.

Asked about her thoughts by the Mirror on the filming of the sixth series coming to a close, she said: “Before this (filming Downton), which was six years ago, I had done about ten years with Harry Potter, so I felt very old indeed by the time I got to the Dowager.

“So I am just very surprised I got through it and I am still here”.

Maggie said she hasn’t be able to watch much of the series as “we are usually scrambling to keep up with what is happening. We shoot out of sequence which is pretty alarming so I find it hard. Other people are better at this television stuff.

“It is hard to go one to five to six in the episodes, so thank god they are written with clarity”.

A screen legend in every sense of the word, Maggie Smith may be 80 but at no point did she or has she ever seemed like she was slowing down. Perhaps that’s why she said after the show airs, she’d like to have some time to relax.


“I am going to be lying down for quite some time”, she said.

“The other thing I will be doing is watching this and getting the box set and having a good look.

“I haven’t watched anything I have done. I have seen some of it but I want to sit down and watch it all”.


A film version has been rumoured, despite no script being written. Nevertheless, Maggie Smith would like to take part.

“A film? Yes. My wig has been around for a long time so I am not sure it will be around, but hopefully I will be. The wig is more tired than I am. But a film would be fun”.

The final series is expected to air in Australia later this year.


Tell us, are you sad that Downton Abbey is coming to a close? Who was your favourite character?


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  1. Really love this show, disappointed that it is coming to an end. Liked all of the characters. Great actors.

  2. Magpie Smith is one of my all time favourite actresses and Downton Abbey a favourite show . Whilst sad to see it end I thank all the cast for so many wonderful nights that I could actually watch something good on television and wish them all the best for the future

  3. Great admiration for Maggie Smith. Such an inspiring role model for young actress’s. Have loved Downtown, but I think the producers made the right decision. The storyline was based on specific concepts and once those have played out, it changes the whole series.

  4. Very sad it is ending, but the way of all good things I guess. Dame Maggie had to be by far my favorite, although all players have done a wonderful job.

  5. My favourite character is and always will be Violet Crawley…aka Maggie Smith

  6. My favourite character is and always will be Violet Crawley….aka Maggie Smith in sooooo many ways!!

  7. I just LOVED downton abbey and so sad it is finished. These type of series need to be made more often. I just loved Maggie she made the show with her pompous gags!!

  8. Love this show………keep it going it’s sooooo much better than all the cooking shows just get interested in a series next minute it’s canned…….. So much crap on TV

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