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Downton Abbey over? Dame Maggie Smith hints that series 6 could be the last, for her anyway!

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There has been a constant stream of rumours surrounding the future of Downton Abbey of late, with many of the concerned voices believing that this year’s sixth series would be the show’s last. Of course there has always been a shelf life for the globally acclaimed ITV period drama, but just lately it has seemed to be more of a writing issue than a timeline one with regards to when the show will conclude.

Downton Abbey spoilers: George Clooney joining full time?

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It would seem that the appearance of a very famous face on Downton Abbey has got everyone in the cast and crew so excited that the show’s writer has offered them a full time role. Unfortunately for one person in particular this isn’t great news, as the role he has suggested for this Hollywood A-lister is currently held by none other than Dame Maggie Smith.

Downton Abbey: The Queen honours Dame Maggie Smith (again) and Michelle Dockery says Mary is a Soprano!

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We all love Dame Maggie Smith, but it has (arguably) been her role in Downton Abbey which has seen her become admired by pretty much the entire planet, so no wonder the Queen wants to honour her – again! The Dame part of her name gives away the fact that this is not the first time Maggie has been given the royal nod from Her Majesty, and she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 1990 New Year Honours for services to the performing arts.

Downton Abbey: Lesley Nicol discusses the show’s future & what do the cast get up to on set?

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As we have previously reported the future of Downton Abbey is still looking bright with no end to the hit period drama in sight, and there’s even talk of a possible movie spin-off… But amid talk of a cast reshuffle, actress Lesley Nicol, who has played head cook Mrs Patmore in the award-winning ITV period drama since it first began back in 2010, has revealed that despite being aware that the show will have to come to an end one day, she has no intention of going anywhere until it

Downton Abbey: Dame Maggie Smith is NOT leaving show!

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This has literally got to be the best news we have heard this year so far – Dame Maggie Smith is not leaving Downton Abbey! One of Downton’s finest features since it first launched on our ITV screens back in 2010 was the Dowager Countess, whose razor sharp wit and sarcastic undertones lifted the show unlike anything else.

Downton Abbey Series 4: Michelle Dockery is glad Matthew died, as now Lady Mary gets to be nasty again!

Following her on-screen husband’s death during last year’s Christmas Day special of Downton Abbey, Michelle Dockery has revealed that she is glad Lady Mary is now a widow as she gets to play her mean side again. Fans of the award-winning ITV period drama will know how Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) was first introduced to us back in series one as a hard faced and sometimes callous vixen who enjoyed mocking her sisters and defying every rule set to her by her parents.

Downton Abbey Series 4: Full Trailer released – Watch it here! (VIDEO)

Following last week’s teaser trailer for the much-anticipated fourth series of Downton Abbey revealing that the full promo would follow, Saturday night saw exactly that in all its glory. The trailer, which is only one minute in length, had just about everything you would expect from a  series of the hugely popular and award-winning ITV period drama.

Dowton Abbey Series 4 Spoilers: New trailer to hit our screens next week (VIDEO)!

With the fourth, much-anticipated series of Downton Abbey due to hit our screens later this year, ITV have released a teaser trailer promising a full promo for the show next week! Well, whilst no official release date has been announced yet, ITV have seen fit to give us a little teaser trailer leading up to the official trailer due to be released on Saturday 31st August.

Downton Abbey goes head to head with Homeland for nominations for this year’s Emmy’s!

The phenomenal ITV period drama, Downton Abbey, is going head to head with one of America’s most popular dramas, Homeland, in every category they are both nominated for in this year’s Emmy awards. Included in the bucket load of nominations it is up for, Downton Abbey has been put forward for the coveted Best Drama prize at the ceremony due to take place this September.   And it isn’t just the show getting recognition either!

Downton Abbey Series 4: Shirley MacLaine IS returning as Martha Levinson, and opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is making a cameo too!

With all the recent chopping and changing of the Downton Abbey cast list, it has now been revealed that one face from last year who wasn’t expected to be returning, Shirley MacLaine, is set to reprise her role as Martha Levinson! We reported last month how show bosses had expressed a desire for Hollywood actress MacLaine, who plays the modern-world embracing mother of Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) to make a return in series 4 of the hit ITV period drama, but that her busy schedule probabl

Downton Abbey Series 4: Cast pictured looking forlorn filming Matthew Crawley’s (Dan Stevens) funeral

As filming for the fourth series of the hugely and globally popular ITV period drama, Downton Abbey, begins the Sun newspaper has printed pictures of the cast filming the funeral of Matthew Crawley. Fans of the hit show will know how, during last year’s Christmas special, Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) was killed in a road accident moments after meeting his first born son and heir for the very first time.

Downton Abbey Series 4: No return for Shirley MacLaine’s character, Martha Levinson? But Dame Maggie Smith says she wont retire!

After a phenomenal reception from her series 3 debut, Hollywood legend, Shirley MacLaine may not be making a Downton Abbey return in series 4, as show bosses says that she is too busy! Shirley burst on to our screens in series 3 as Martha Levinson, the head-strong American mother of Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern), and instantly struck a chord with viewers on both sides of the pond.