I was recently sent an amusing picture of a cat, as one is these days, and I showed it to [Maggie Smith] and she fell around laughing. And for the rest of the week it started every morning with ‘show me the cat again.’ So it’s now become my thing that I try to find hilarious animals to show round.
HOW IMPORTANT IS MAGGIE SMITH TO DOWNTON ABBEY?
JULIAN FELLOWES: She would be the hardest to replace. She would be the greatest loss.
do you think maggie plays indoor bowling with all these awards she doesn’t give a shit about?