Maggie Smith on why she’s glad Downton Abbey is ending

The 80-year-old actress, who plays the quick-witted Dowager Countess, absolutely cannot wait to take off her painful corset...

Downton Abbey is coming to a close at the end of 2015, after an internationally successful six-season run. And it’s fair to say fans of the hit ITV drama are a tad distraught. Forget looking forward to Christmas Day, this year we are dreading it.


But one cast-member is surprisingly chipper about the period drama coming to a close. 

Maggie Smith, who plays the quick-witted, acid-tongued Dowager Countess, is actually looking forward to filming her last scenes… because it means she’ll finally get to take her corset off. 

“It’s not riotously funny to be in corsets and a wig,” Smith revealed recently.

“We have had a great time making the show – the cast are enchanting and all the young ones are really lovely, so it was all very enjoyable on that level. But, to tell you the truth, the corsets are agony.”

“God knows how they lived in the days when they had to wear them all the time,” she told Yours magazine. 

Restrictive undergarments aside, 80-year-old Smith has only kind things to say when she looks back at the last few years playing Violet Crawley.

“We have been doing this for a long time now, and a lot of the younger actors have grown up together, so that is a great joy. We’re really an ensemble, and that’s a wonderful thing to be part of.” 


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