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Maggie Smith: “I led a perfectly normal life until Downton Abbey”

Dame Maggie Smith, who plays the Dowager Countess of Grantham in ITV’s costume drama, talks to Mark Lawson about why her character should be killed off, forgetting which film she’s shooting on and why she was considered “too common” to appear in plays at school. This event, which was called Dame Maggie Smith in Conversation, was held as part of the BFI + Radio Times TV festival, which took place in April.

10 comments on “Maggie Smith: “I led a perfectly normal life until Downton Abbey”

  1. beetleypete
    06/10/2017

    An enjoyable clip indeed. Great to hear her being so witty and honest.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  2. blondieaka
    06/10/2017

    I just love Maggie Smith she is a great actress and so funny 🙂 She has a great witt 🙂

  3. First Night Design
    06/10/2017

    There are some performances I’ve not cared for (I walked out of Lettice and Lovage) but she’s always good value and yes, her honesty is refreshing and her wit enjoyable. I’m not sure she’s always easy to work with but I wouldn’t mind trying!

  4. blondieaka
    06/10/2017

    Thank you, I will check it out..I just think she is amazing 🙂

  5. hitandrun1964
    06/10/2017

    I’ve always loved her work and her wit. She’s fabulous. I don’t like everything she’s done, but that’s not because of her, it’s because of the story.

  6. First Night Design
    06/10/2017

    Agreed!

  7. vinnieh
    06/20/2017

    I love Maggie Smith. A real class act and wonderfully witty.

  8. First Night Design
    06/20/2017

    A class act and no mistake!

  9. vinnieh
    06/20/2017

    I could watch her in any movie. Both her and Judi Dench have that ability.

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