Maggie Smith to Leave ‘Downton Abbey’ After Next Season

March 2, 2015 12:38 PM

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Maggie Smith to Leave ‘Downton Abbey’ After Next Season

LONDON — Maggie Smith, who plays the sharp-tongued Dowager Countess of Grantham in “Downton Abbey,” has said that the next season of the British period drama will be her last.

The season five finale just aired in the U.S., and there has been speculation that the series will stop after the sixth season, but whatever the show’s fate, Smith told the Sunday Times her part is coming to an end.

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