Julian Fellowes, the creator of the wildly addictive PBS hit Downton Abbey, has confirmed that Maggie Smith, a.k.a. the awesome Dowager Countess, has expressed a desire to leave the show after its third season.
Evidently, the actress feels that three seasons is enough, she wants to focus on her stage and film work (do look out for her Best Exotic Marigold Hotel next month), and she wants to leave the party while the party’s still going strong (so she can leave them wanting more – smart lady).
Fellowes reportedly managed to persuade the dame to come back for the show’s Christmas special following Season 3, though, so the countess might not be the one who bites the dust next time we see Downton Abbey....
How could she – that lady is made of something else.