"Downton Abbey" fame spotlights Maggie Smith

Every bit as formidable as her character on "Downton Abbey," Dame Maggie Smith gives a rare and "spiky" interview to 60 Minutes

Steve Kroft: How many grandchildren?

Maggie Smith: Five.

Steve Kroft: Can you deal with that?

Maggie Smith: Yeah.

Steve Kroft: You like it?

Maggie Smith: They're wonderful. They're wonderful.

She lives very comfortably now, splitting time between her house in London and a place in the country. Her only annoyances being a tricky hip and the unwanted celebrity of being a TV star. The seven "Harry Potter" films she has appeared in provided her with what she calls her pension, and a legacy with a new generation as Professor McGonagall -- plus a decade of memories with her young co-stars.

[Clip from "Harry Potter:" "Potter, take Weasley with you. He looks far too happy over there."]

Maggie Smith: It was extraordinary to see them grow up like that. Ten years of their lives. Half their lives that is, in fact.

Steve Kroft: And you didn't change at all?

Maggie Smith; No, I just got meaner and meaner. And spikier and spikier. No. I didn't change at all.

Steve Kroft: What do you look forward to?

Maggie Smith: I guess just to go on.

Steve Kroft: Well, there's season four.

Maggie Smith: There is indeed season four, but I mean logically Violet must be about 100 and something now, so I don't know how long she's gonna last. I really don't.

Steve Kroft: Julian says he's never going to kill her off.

Maggie Smith: In-- and there'll be-- have to be bath chairs and various things that they can push me around in.

Steve Kroft: He said they'll send you to the seaside. They'll never kill you off.

Maggie Smith: I think he'll have to.

Steve Kroft: Have you ever thought about retiring?

Maggie Smith: I think that the date for that has gone by. I fear that I won't work in the theater again. I'm sad about that. But I won't retire. I think I'll keep going with Violet and whatever other old biddy comes along.

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