Maggie to Leave Downton
The rumour mill has gone into overdrive, suggesting the upcoming series of Downton Abbey will be Dame Maggie Smith’s last. Far from retiring or taking things easy, the 77-year-old actress wants to pursue other acting roles in both television and film. The hit ITV1 drama simply won’t be the same without the acid-tongued Dowager Countess of Grantham. There is a strong suggestion that someone significant will die at the end of the third series – will it be our beloved Violet Crawley?