The Dowager Countess won't be back after Season 6 — but will the show?
Actress Maggie Smith will not be returning after next season of the hit TV show, Downton Abbey.
Smith told The Sunday Times that she will not be returning to the popular British melodrama to continue her role as Violet Crawley, the feisty Dowager Countess of Grantham — as well as giving a broad hint that the show itself would not be coming back either. “They say this is the last one, and I can’t see how it could go on,” Smith said. “I mean, I certainly can’t keep going. To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now.”
The fifth season of the show ended its run on PBS on Sunday, though British viewers caught the most recent season in 2014.
The veteran actress has won several awards for her Downton Abbey role including a Golden Globe, and multiple Screen Actors Guild awards and Emmys.