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Actress Maggie Smith doesn't watch 'Downton Abbey'

Feb. 14, 2013 at 2:51 PM
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NEW YORK, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- British actress Maggie Smith told CBS' "60 Minutes" she doesn't watch her wildly popular period drama series, "Downton Abbey."

Smith, 78, has won numerous awards for her portrayal of acid-tongued Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, on the show, which airs in the United States on PBS each season after its ITV premiere.

Asked in a "60 Minutes" interview to air Sunday if she is proud of the show, Smith hesitated, EW.com reported.

"I haven't actually seen it, so I don't -- I don't sit down and watch it," she said.

"Never?" her interviewer pressed.

"No, I haven't watched it," she said.

Smith went on to explain she is a perfectionist who doesn't want to see what she might have done differently by reviewing a finished film or TV show.

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