Report: 'Downton Abbey' Won't Lose Maggie Smith
Dowager Countess staying put after all
Maggie Smith is not moving upton. An unnamed representative for "Downton Abbey" says the actress has no immediate plans to stop portraying the show's popular Dowager Countess.
A recent report in the U.K.'s Daily Mail announced that Smith, 77, asked to be killed off after the currently shooting third season, reportedly so she could return to her stage and movie career.
However, the rep told the L.A. Times that there was "no truth" to that report.
Still, mystery remains. Executive producer Rebecca Eaton did tell the Orlando Sentinel that somebody, "pretty key in the cast," is going to die this upcoming season, which adds Shirley MacLaine as the mother of Elizabeth McGovern's Cora.
Season 3 of "Downton Abbey" returns to the U.S. in January 2013 on PBS.
This is certainly good news! I really like Dame Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess.
Now, they really need to expand the role of Lady Rosemund.(?) I think she can be made very interesting. Let's hope they find a suitable husband for Lady Edith this season.