The dowa­ger Count­ess

Down­ton Abbey (ITV series) 2010-2015

TV Times - - Interview - (Dame mag­gie Smith)

Con­nie may have all the right lines when she wants to put some­one in their place, but no­body de­liv­ers a zinger quite like Mag­gie Smith’s de­fi­ant icon Vi­o­let Craw­ley in Down­ton Abbey. ‘I think Mag­gie is the ab­so­lute mas­ter of that killer look and a put-down,’ smiles Amanda. ‘She’s amaz­ing – she def­i­nitely has to be on my list of al­pha fe­males.’

But while Dame Mag­gie used to be given lines by writer Ju­lian Fel­lowes, Amanda goes be­yond the call of duty to give Con­nie mem­o­rable quotes. ‘The fans love it when she comes out with some­thing great and they start post­ing memes on­line of the best put-downs. Of­ten if I’m read­ing a book or I’m in the street and I hear a re­ally good quip,

I’ll write it down for Con­nie to use in the ED later!’

Res­o­lute: Vi­o­let Craw­ley didn’t hold back

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