Dame Maggie Smith says Downton Abbey and Harry Potter roles weren't 'satisfying'

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Dame Maggie Smith presents an award at the Acting For Others Presidential Awards at The Crazy Coqs on May 12, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Dame Maggie Smith did express gratitude for being given the parts. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Dame Maggie Smith didn't find the work she did in Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter film series "satisfying", the veteran actress has shared.

The 84-year-old did add that she was indebted for the roles of Violet Crawley and Professor Minerva McGonagall.

"I am deeply grateful for the work in Potter and indeed Downton but it wasn’t what you’d call satisfying," she told ES Magazine. "I didn't really feel I was acting in those things."

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Smith played Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham for the entirety of Downton Abbey’s six season run and resumed the role for the 2019 feature film.

Daniel Radcliffe reprises his role as a young sorcerer with Maggie Smith returning as one of his professors at Hogwarts School in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," pictured in an undated publicity photo. The third in the "Harry Potter" series will be in theaters this summer. (AP Photo/Warner Bros.)
Dame Maggie Smith starred as Professor McGonagall in seven films. (AP Photo/Warner Bros.)

Meanwhile, she starred as Hogwart's transfiguration teacher for seven of the Harry Potter films from 2001 until 2011.

The actor told the publication she wished to "get back to the stage" as theatre is her "favourite medium".

Smith returned to theatre work this year for the first time since 2007 as Joseph Goebbels' secretary in Christopher Hampton's one-woman play A German Life.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/09/09: Dame Maggie Smith attends the Downton Abbey World Premiere at Cineworld Leicester Square in London. (Photo by Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Dame Maggie Smith attends the Downton Abbey World Premiere at Cineworld Leicester Square in London. (Photo by Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Speaking about learning her lines, Smith said: "It was actually easier to learn than Downton Abbey, because it wasn’t fragmented. I wasn’t just ordering tea or something."

As for another Downton Abbey film, producer Gareth Neame has previously divulged that a sequel is in the works.

He said: “We're having those conversations. We're working on what the story is, and when we might be able to make it. But it's the same as the first time around. We have to try to get everyone back together again. And that was very challenging.”

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