Downton Abbey star Dame Maggie Smith confesses that she’s never watched the show!

by Lynn Connolly

Upstairs and Downstairs come together for a cricket match, even the Dowager Countess seems to be enjoying herself.

Downton Abbey favourite Dame Maggie Smith has made the rather surprising confession that she’s never watched the show.

Speaking to US TV show 60 Minutes, Maggie – who’s formerly starred in TV drama The Pride of Miss Jean Brodie and innumerable films – said that she would probably only watch it if she wasn’t in it!

But it seems her reason for not watching it is because she dislikes seeing herself on-screen.

She said, “I will look at it when it’s all over, maybe, because it’s frustrating…

“I always see things that I would like to do differently, and think ‘why in the name of God did I do that?’”

Maggie continued, “I’ve never actually seen it. I don’t sit down and watch it. No, I’ve never watched it.”

The Mirror reports that presenter Steve Kroft then pointed out that she was probably “the only person in England” who hasn’t watched Downton.

To that, Maggie replied, “Well, that’s a record then isn’t it, of some sort?”

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The full interview will be aired in the US on Sunday during CBS News, but for now, here’s a reminder of Maggie playing the Dowager Countess Violet…

Last year, it was revealed that filming for a fourth series of Downton would get underway this month.

Executive producer Gareth Neame said, “Viewers can look forward to more drama, comedy, love, hatred, jealousy, rivalry, ambition, despair and romance.”

And Laura Mackie, Director of Drama at ITV, added, “We’re thrilled to welcome back a drama series that has become a much anticipated part of all our lives every autumn and achieved success around the globe.

“Creator, writer and executive producer Julian Fellowes and the production team, led by Gareth and the producer Liz Trubridge, never rest on their laurels and have exciting plans for the fourth series.”

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.