Parting is such sweet sorrow! It’s just been announced that ‘Downton Abbey’ star Maggie Smith will be exiting the series. We’ve got the scoop on the last you’ll see of her!
So long, Dowager Countess of Grantham. Maggie Smith, 80, who has played the sassy Violet since the start of the hit PBS series, Downton Abbey, has recently confirmed that she will be exiting the long running drama. But how long can we expect to see her before she departs and, more importantly, how long does the series have left?
‘Downton Abbey’: Maggie Smith Leaving?
Now who’s going to deliver the weekly attitude on Downton Abbey?
Maggie has just shared that the upcoming sixth season of the British drama will definitively be her last. “I mean, I certainly can’t keep going,” Maggie told the Sunday Times. “To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We’re into the late 1920s.”
Yes, but, a super young 110, Maggie!
Worse yet, Maggie revealed that the sixth season might not just be the end for her, but for the entire series. “They say this is the last one, and I can’t see how it could go on.”
Maggie Keeps Busy
Although Maggie is saying goodbye to Downton, she has no plans to retire from acting altogether.
“When you’re not working it’s scary, and when you are working it’s scary, because you don’t know if you’ve got the energy to get through the day,” Maggie said. “But the bleakness of not doing it, and missing out on the friendships that you make, is too much to bear.”
Maggie certainly seems to love working, having just starred in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as well as The Lady in the Van, a film in which she plays a homeless woman.
Are you sad that Maggie won’t be on the series if it continues past next season?
— Casey Mink