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Fans of the British costume drama Downton Abbey have one last season to enjoy the talents of celebrated actress Maggie Smith, as the 80-year-old star revealed that she is planning on exiting the series after the next season.
News: It's Tea Time at 'Downton Abbey'
Smith, who plays Dowager Countess of Grantham Violet Crawley, spoke with the Sunday Times, where she revealed that her role on the show, and possibly the show itself, would be coming to an end.
"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 [my character] must be 110 by now."
The veteran actress won’t be retiring from acting, however »
In a bidding war, Steven Spielberg is now set to direct a hot memoir for Warner Bros. with Jennifer Lawrence attached to star. Will Oscar voters take special note of this pairing for the adaptation of "It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War"? The memoir by Lynsey Addario has had no shortage of bidders "for the life of a woman who goes into the most dangerous places in the world in search of truth." Others in the auction included Reese Witherspoon, Darren Aronofsky (for Natalie Portman), Margot Robbie, and George Clooney. Deadline -Break- Is Dame Maggie Smith leaving "Downton Abbey" after the upcoming sixth season? She has won two Emmys for her role as the Dowager Countess on the BBC and PBS drama series. She says her character "certainly can't keep going. To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We're in to the late 1920s. »
As I put it in my video review above, the movie business’ favorite set of geezers are back and in fine form in the sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Returning from the 2011 hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel are such stalwarts as Judi Dench, Maggie Smith (now playing co-manager of the hotel), Bill Nighy and Dev Patel, along with Tina Desai, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle and Celia Imrie. Also checking in are Tamsin Greig and, in a bit of a surprise but a… »
The actress reprises her role as Sunaina in the movie about a hotel for British retirees.
Dev Patel: 'Chemistry with Dame Maggie is best I've had in a movie'
Describing the experience of reuniting with the cast, she told Digital Spy: "I was super happy when they told me about the sequel because I felt so strongly about it.
"I was happy to meet everyone again and we didn't know if everybody would come back again, but everyone on the crew was the same apart from the Dop. Everyone was in touch in the time we were apart so it was very satisfying emotionally.
"But also the script is something that doesn't let you down. I've heard it said that it's not common to have the sequel to be »
The First Best Loser: Madden’s Wholly Unnecessary Sequel an Exercise in Nothingness
Pandering is the word that best describes the tone of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, John Madden’s follow-up to the 2011 surprise hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Whereas the first film was adapted from the bestselling novel by Deborah Moggach, screenwriter Ol Parker is left to his own sugary devices with this next chapter, volleying most of the respectable returning cast members through a series of utterly vapid subplots that are either forgettable or just plain embarrassing considering the seasoned talents. Some may argue that the chance to see so many exemplary performers of a certain age in a film that will reach mainstream platforms should be appreciated for merely existing, but that’s no excuse for doffing us with such second rate material.
Many of the mainstays from the last film have stuck around »
- Nicholas Bell
Maggie Smith will be leaving her role as the Dowager Countess on Masterpiece Theater’s “Downtown Abbey” after Season 6, and she says that might be the show’s final season. Smith told the Times of London on Sunday that the time frame of the show would suggest the end is near. “They say this is the last one, and I can’t see how it could go on,” Smith said. Also Read: ‘Downton Abbey’ Executive Producer Talks Season 5 Finale, Teases Show’s Future “I mean, certainly can’t keep going,” she added. “To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. »
- L.A. Ross
Downton Abbey‘s Dowager Countess may be known far and wide for her wickedly dry sense of humor, but Maggie Smith‘s latest comments about her character’s future on the show are no laughing matter. (Ok, they’re actually pretty funny.)
RelatedDownton Abbey Season Finale Recap: ‘Proposals and Propositions’
Speaking with the UK’s Sunday Times, Smith addresses the long-standing rumors of her departure, and she does nothing to put our worried minds at ease.
“I certainly can’t keep going,” she admits in the new interview. “To my knowledge, [Violet] must be 110 by now. We’re into the late 1920s. »
Downton Abbey without Maggie Smith?! It could happen. Or maybe not. Downton Abbey just wrapped its fifth season in the United States, but all eyes are already on the upcoming sixth and potentially final season of the crossover hit period drama. The Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony winner told Sunday Times that she's likely hanging up her Dowager Countess wardrobe after the upcoming sixth season (which is rumored to be the show's last). "They say this is the last one, and I can't see how it could go on," Smith told the Sunday Times. "I mean, I certainly can't keep going. To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We're into the late 1920s." Those words don't »
Season 5 of Downton Abbey concluded last night in the U.S. while Season 6 is currently shooting in Britain. A perennial question surrounding the show ever since its early global success has been just how long it will keep going. Executive producer Gareth Neame told Deadline yesterday that is the question he’s asked “a dozen times a day. I don't think I have ever known such speculation.” But there has also been earlier speculation surrounding Maggie Smith’s future in the… »
As season five of Downton Abbey came to a romantic end on Sunday (Carson proposed! Does Mary have a new love interest?) Maggie Smith has fueled speculation that the show's next season could be its last. "They say this is the last one, and I can’t see how it could go on," Smith told The Sunday Times" with just a hint of her character the Dowager Countess's sarcastic sense of humor: "I mean, I certainly can't keep going. To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now!" The rumor mill began speculating about the end of the hit PBS series »
- Monique Jessen, @moniquejessen
Lady Mary: “I was only going to say Sybil that is entitled to her opinions.”Countess Violet: “No, she isn’t, until she is married. And then her husband will tell her what her opinions are.”“Oh, I should steer clear of May. Marry in May, rue the day.” – Dowager CountessDownton Abbey without our beloved tart-tongued countess? Numerous news reports this morning reveal that Dame Maggie Smith, who plays the Dowager Countess Violet of Grantham in “Downton Abbey,” has said that the next season of the British period drama will be her last.Ms. Smith, 80, told the Sunday Times her part is […] »
- April Neale
World wide known actress Maggie Smith may be stepping down from Downton Abbey. Dowager Countess has been long rumored to leave the show despite being the one who holds the family together. Now Maggie is address the possibility which she admits to be real. The gifted actress called her role old, while also saying that she cannot keep on acting forever. The producers were later on asked about what she means and they confirmed that each season is assessed by Maggie and team, but no plans for her leaving are set yet. For those who are curious on what she had to say, here are a few highlights.
I certainly can’t keep going, To my knowledge, [Violet] must be 110 by now. We’re into the late 1920s.
Yikes, it seems like Maggie is eager to step down. We know that her health hasn’t be great and with her long career, »
- Sarah Peel
The 80-year-old Smith tells The Sunday Times that the upcoming sixth season, which airs at the end of this year in the U.K. and early 2016 in the U.S., will be her last turn in the role:
"They say this is the last one, and I can't see how it could go on. I mean, I certainly can't keep going. To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We're into the late 1920s."
Smith's referring to reports that the sixth season may not only be her last season, but the show's as well. Both reviews and ratings for the show have slipped in the most recent season.
Despite retiring from the series, Smith has zero plans to quit acting and will continue to work as long as she is able to. »
- Garth Franklin
The season five finale just aired in the U.S., and there has been speculation that the series will stop after the sixth season, but whatever the show’s fate, Smith told the Sunday Times her part is coming to an end.
“They say this is the last one, and I can’t see how it could go on,” she said. “I mean, I certainly can’t keep going. To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We’re into the late 1920s.”
But Smith, who is 80, will not be quitting acting, and will continue to work as long as she is able to.
“When you’re not working it’s scary, and when you are working it’s scary, because »
- Leo Barraclough
Tena Desae has taken the west with storm. Not only has the quintessential Indian beauty from Bangalore bagged two massive projects from the west in 2015, she’s also now impressed the Royal Family of England. Last month, Tena was on the red carpet amidst glamour and excitement, which was in abundance, as the stars of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel arrived at the premiere of the movie at the Royal Gala in London’s Leicester Square. Tena was seen in a custom made Manish Malhotra outfit and she spent her evening signing autographs, conversing with some of the most well known names of England’s Royalty. The film received a raving review at this special preview.
Talking about the Royal Premiere, Desae said, “It was an extraordinary evening of my life, I am in love with this movie series, it gave me the golden opportunity to be a part »
- Sunny Malik
Long live the Dowager Countess! After two Emmy awards and a Golden Globe for her part as Violet Crawley, Maggie Smith has plans to leave Downton Abbey. The celebrated actress, 80, said in a new interview with the Sunday Times that she believes the sixth season of the acclaimed PBS show will be her last. "They say this is the last one," Smith said of the upcoming sixth season of Downton Abbey, which is filming this year. "I can't see how it could go on." "I mean, I certainly [...] »
Another season of “Downton Abbey” has come to a close in grand romantic fashion — this time with Carson (Jim Carter) surprising Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) by proposing marriage. (Fortunately, she accepted.)
With season six already in production in the UK, Variety rang “Downton” executive producer Gareth Neame to discuss the season five finale and what’s ahead for the series.
Though rumors persist that season six could be the end of “Downton,” Neame re-confirms that no one is ready to announce such a thing just yet and renewals are made one season at a time. And while the ratings in the UK slipped a bit this past year, Neame asserts the series remains in “robust health” worldwide.
- Geoff Berkshire
Given how fashionable it has become to grouse about “Downton Abbey,” Sunday’s fifth-season finale offered a welcome reminder of just how splendid the show can be – warm, funny and emotional on a dazzling assortment of fronts. Taking the term “Christmas episode” to heart, series creator Julian Fellowes advanced so many storylines to satisfying points it frankly wouldn’t have been a bad place to end the show entirely; still, for those who eagerly anticipate a new journey into the past each January, PBS’ show horse happily gallops on.
Admittedly, the continuing arc surrounding the murder mystery and police suspicion directed at Anna (Joanne Froggatt) and her husband Bates (Brendan Coyle) has grown a bit tedious. Even with a British gift for stiff-upper-lipped understatement, Robert (Hugh Bonneville) wasn’t kidding when he said, “Lord knows they don’t deserve their luck, those two.”
Then again, it’s hard to build »
- Brian Lowry
In a strange way, Sunday’s Downton Abbey finale brought Season 5 full circle, as the Crawleys’ annual Christmas vacation — this time to visit Rose’s hellish new in-laws at Brancaster Castle — nearly went down in flames. (Remember that? Honestly, Edith…)
But let’s start with the only thing that really matters: Carson and Mrs. Hughes got engaged! And while I’m obviously over the damn moon about it, I have to admit I was surprised to see their relationship progress so quickly over the past few weeks. »
"Would you like to push me up the street?" Today's trailer selection is for an adaptation of a play about an elderly woman named Mary Shepherd who lived in a battered car on the driveway of the writer Alan Bennett for 15 years. Oscar winning actress Maggie Smith plays Miss Shepherd, a character she has played before on stage and on the radio, and she looks like quite a hoot. She's joined by Alex Jennings as Alan Bennett, with appearances by Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Jim Broadbent, Frances de la Tour and a few others. The film won't be released for another 8 months, so this is more of our first teaser, but it's also just a fun introduction (for those unfamiliar) to an odd story that should make for an amusing film. Enjoy. Here's the first UK trailer for Nicholas Hytner's The Lady in the Van, from Sony's YouTube (via »
- Alex Billington
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