Maggie Smith attends Wimbledon “Ladies semi-finals day” - 3rd July, 2014.

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I am so glad you love Violet so much… These nominations keep Violet from kicking the bucket.

Maggie Smith on her Emmy nomination as Best Supporting Actress for Downton Abbey (x)


Spook: Slang. an espionage agent

Welcome to Primrose Road, or as it’s known within “The Service”, Spooksville Road - home to former members of the espionage service. Here surveillance experts, undercover specialists, and assassins alike, mix in happy harmony, enjoying their retirement and all the perks that a pension from Her Majesty’s Government affords them. Their peaceful existence (and utter boredom) is thrown into chaos though when a former agent turns up dead in the underwear section of a local Marks & Spencers - prompting these old pros to return to action.

Matters are complicated by the presence on the road of a now mad former agent handler (Derek Jacobi) and the agent that drove him to it (Eileen Atkins), a paranoid surveillance expert who thinks he’s in The French Connection (Michael Gambon), a longstanding rivalry between two hackers (Ian McKellen and Judi Dench), and a former CIA operative who thinks he’s still 25 (Dustin Hoffman).

Only the recently retired and new occupants of the road, assassin (Helen Mirren) and undercover ops agent (Penelope Wilton) seem to have a grip on the situation… or do they?

Oh and then of course there’s the arrival of an ex-husband (Michael Caine), who still has no idea, after 40 years, that his former wife (Maggie Smith) was the greatest trained killer in the history of the British Secret Service.


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Sometimes I wonder what I do in my time off. I’m not remotely domestic, I don’t collect anything and I don’t have any hobbies. I work hard and when I’m not working I find lying down to be awfully good fun. - Maggie Smith

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Maggie Smith as Amanda Prynne - Private Lives (1978)

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The Dowager plotting Matthew’s death. 

"We can’t have him assassinated… I suppose…."

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“It's a nutcracker. We thought you'd like it… to crack your nuts.”

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Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville - behind the scenes on Downton Abbey, season 5.

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