Rumours have been mounting of Maggie Smith’s possible departure from Downton Abbey recently, after it was revealed that she hadn’t decided whether or not to sign on for the fourth and fifth series of the show. In a new interview, show creator Julian Fellowes has spoken about his thoughts on the prospect of life after Violet Crawley.

Speaking to, Fellowes said the following:

“I can’t pretend it won’t be a knife in my heart when she decides to move on. But in dramatic life as in anything else, you just have to get on with it, really. If she leaves and they want the show to continue, we will have to carry on. But I will be very sorry.”

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