Dame Maggie Smith in Downton AbbeyShe’s one of the best things about Downton Abbey, with her acerbic put-downs and withering asides.

But Dame Maggie Smith, who plays the Dowager Countess of Grantham in the show, has confessed that she’s never even watched the period drama.

In an interview with American TV, the actress, 78, revealed, ‘I’ve never actually seen it. I don’t sit down and watch it. No, I’ve never watched it.”

She continued, ‘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?”‘

She must be the only person in the country who hasn’t gone Downton mad!

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