Dame Maggie Smith has revealed that she didn’t find it “satisfying” being in Downton.
Smith previously played the Dowager Countess in all 52 episodes of ITV’s hit period drama series between 2010 and 2015.
However, it seems like she didn’t find the part as challenging as she’d have liked!
Reflecting on her early acting career in a new interview with ES Magazine, she said: “Honest to God, I have no idea where the urge [to act] came from. It was such a ghastly time and we didn’t go to the theatre.
“I got into terrible trouble once because the neighbours took me to the cinema on a Sunday. But I had a wonderful teacher, Dorothy Bartholomew, who also taught Miriam Margolyes, and who encouraged me.”
Looking back on playing Lady Violet in Downton Abbey and Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter movies, Smith admitted: “I am deeply grateful for the work in Potter and indeed Downton, but it wasn’t what you’d call satisfying.”
She added: “I didn’t really feel I was acting in those things.”
Well, we think it’s a credit to her acting ability that she portrayed these wonderful characters so effortlessly. Bravo, Dame Maggie!
The Downton Abbey movie is available to pre-order on DVD on Amazon.