Dame Maggie Smith, renowned for her many, many film and television roles over the decades, has come out swinging against two roles that have made her a household name with younger generations. While speaking to E Magazine, Maggie revealed that while she appreciated her time in Harry Potter and Downton Abbey, she wasn’t exactly challenged.
“I am deeply grateful for the work in Potter and indeed Downton, but it wasn’t what you’d call satisfying,” she said. “I didn’t really feel I was acting in those things.”
Her role as Dowager Countess Violet Crawley in Downtown Abbey is arguably her most successful, at least in terms of critical success. Her time with the show netted her one Golden Globe, three Emmys, and a BAFTA nomination. Julian Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey, has only had positive things to say about Maggie. “Maggie demands great moments in that you write for her with the knowledge that every time you give her a one-liner or whatever, she will hit the bullseye with it. You can’t just have her in a scene.”