Dame Maggie Smith has revealed that she has never watched 'Downton Abbey' despite being in it.
The veteran British actress, who plays the Dowager Countess, told US show '60 Minutes' that she can't bring herself to watch her performances.
“I haven't watched it,” she said. “I will look at it when it's all over, maybe. Because it's frustrating.
“I always see things that I would like to do differently and think, 'Oh, why in the name of god did I do that?'”
The show has proved a hit in the US, where it plays on the PBS channel.
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When asked by interviewer Steve Kroft what it is she gets from the show, she replies: “It's the delight of acting.”
She also says that she had no idea that the show would be as successful as it has now become, and that the cast were a 'very startled group of people, very pleased, but very amazed'.
It has become the most-nominated non-US show in the history of the Emmy Awards, while Smith herself won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress last year, and then Best Actress in a Supporting Role at last month's Golden Globes. [Digital Spy]
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