Sunday, March 2, 2014

Maggie Smith not leaving Downton Abbey

Source: Bang Showbiz
Date: 26 February 2014

Dame Maggie Smith

Dame Maggie Smith

'Downton Abbey' producer Gareth Neame says Dame Maggie Smith has no plans to quit the hit ITV period drama and is still enjoying the show.

Dame Maggie Smith has no plans to leave 'Downton Abbey'.

The 79-year-old actress - who plays the Dowager Countess of Grantham, Violet Crawley - is still enjoying her role as the Crawley family matriarch and will remain part of the period drama for the foreseeable future.

Executive producer Gareth Neame said: "Maggie Smith will be in the show as long as she wants to do it. She'll be back this coming season. She's a huge part of the show, and I think she enjoys doing it.

"I think it's remarkable for someone who's had such a long and illustrious career to be still delivering work of this calibre. One has also really got to make reference to the remarkable combination of [writer-and-creator] Julian Fellowes and Maggie Smith. She's almost like a muse to him."


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