Dame Maggie Smith has a theory about the Downton film

Tasha Hegarty

From Digital Spy

There's been talk of a Downton Abbey film for years, if only Julian Fellowes could get on with it, and Dame Maggie Smith reckons she knows how the film will start if it does actually happen.

But it's not particularly good news for the Dowager Countess, as Dame Maggie thinks her character's death would be the event that sets the film in motion.

Photo credit: Nick Briggs / ITV

"I was firmly convinced it would start with the funeral," she said during today's (April 8) BFI & Radio Times Television Festival.

Comparing it to the start of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, the actress continued to suggest that the Dowager could come home to die as Lord Marchmain does in the novel.

"I thought it would be a bit like that," she said. "I could croak it. It would just start with the body. But I don't know.

"They talk about there being a film, but who knows? Who knows."

Photo credit: Nick Briggs / ITV

With Fellowes himself recently saying he's very pro-Downton movie and further reports adding that a script has been written and the cast have all seen it, it seems like Dame Maggie Smith could be the only cast member who doesn't think a Downton Abbey movie would be a good thing.

"I just think it's squeezing it dry, do you know what I mean?" she added. "I don't know what it could possibly be. It was so meandering, what would you - ?

"Anyway that's not my problem. That's the Lord's [Julian Fellowes] problem."

And it's a problem he may have already solved too, as Mr Carson actor Jim Carter recently revealed that the cast have all been asked to keep certain dates clear for filming in the future.

Downton Abbey ended its very successful run after six series on Christmas Day 2015.

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