She may not have had the biggest storylines, but we can all agree that Dame Maggie Smith was the true star of Downton Abbey.
With her caustic insults, dubious advice and witty asides, Lady Violet Crawley stole every scene she was in during Downton‘s six seasons.
Relive some of the Dowager Countess’s best moments here:
Dame Maggie Smith recently surprised fans by revealing how she really felt about playing the Dowager Countess.
Downton Abbey: The Complete Collection box set is available on DVD on Amazon.