Oh no. The Dowager was 70 when she started, she’s 82 now and my grandmother lived until her hundredth year, so I don’t think there’s any chance of that.
Maggie Smith receives her BAFTA Fellowship Award from the late Richard Attenborough.
Maggie Smith reacts to seeing herself, or perhaps that should say hearing herself, in Oh! What a Lovely War.
Maggie Smith leaves St Mary’s church, Old Hunstanton, after attending a Music in Country Churches concert - 29th July, 2014.
Maggie Smith on the perils of trying to get a film project green lit.
Penelope Wilton and Maggie Smith - TV Times cover, 2014
Dame Maggie Smith’s portrayal of the Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey excites publishers, who want to update her 1993 biography, A Bright Particular Star. They’ve hired its author, Michael Coveney, who says: ‘She has turned down huge amounts of money for her own book. She is allowing me to talk to all of her friends.’
Dame Maggie plays a camp, theatrical grand dame in Downton, not any recognisable aristocrat. She’s more outspoken than any dowager. Shopping in Fortnum & Mason for some foundation garments with the late Kenneth Williams, she remarked to him, he reported on Parkinson: ‘Seven guineas for a bra? Cheaper to have your t**s off!’ (x)
“And Violet was very kind to Isobel when Matthew died and then Isobel looked after her when she was poorly, so they become sort of terribly fond of one another, yet they amuse each other but irritate each other too. But they are basically extremely fond of one another, and actually they need each other too.” - Penelope Wilton on season 5 of Downton Abbey (x)