Maggie Smith has confirmed reports she will be leaving Downton Abbey after one more season.
Many experts expect the next season to be the popular period drama’s last – and Smith insists the show cannot go on much longer, especially for her character, Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham.
She tells Britain’s Sunday Times, “They say this is the last one, and I can’t see how it could go on. I mean, I certainly can’t keep going… To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We’re into the late 1920s.”
And it appears she’ll be glad to grab a little anonymity once the show ends and she bows out, adding, “One isn’t safe after doing Downton. 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. If someone decides to get at you, you can’t get away.
“What’s awful is it used to be just autographs, but now everyone wants photographs. You begin to feel like all those people who believed photographs took the soul away. There’s nothing like privacy, but nobody will have that soon. Nobody’s private any more.”