UPDATE: Despite hinting that she would leave "Downton Abbey" after Season 6, Maggie Smith's publicist told BuzzFeed News that “she would stay in the show for as long as the show runs.”
EARLIER: The Dowager Countess may finally have some time off to discover the meaning of a weekend.
Amid rumors that "Downton Abbey" is winding down, Maggie Smith, 80, has revealed that Season 6 will likely be her last. "They say this is the last one, and I can’t see how it could go on,” she said in a recent interview with 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.”
As believable as it may be that the acerbic Lady Violet is a centenarian, Smith is a bit off. According to our calculations, Her Ladyship was born in 1842, and, at the time of the Season 5 finale, on Christmas Eve 1924, she'd be about 82 years old.
Though Smith's enjoyed an illustrious career, the actress says "Downton" has brought her the most attention. "One isn't safe after doing 'Downton,'" she said. "What's sad is I've gone through my whole life without any of that. I could go round galleries and things on my own and I just can't do it now," she said. Regardless, Smith says she will continue to act after "Downton Abbey."
Displeased with the impending departure? As the Dowager Countess would say:
For the full interview, head to the Sunday Times.