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Maggie's best Downton moments

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Sorrow and strength in a single shot

Julian Fellowes, the creator of "Downton Abbey," discusses Maggie Smith's importance to his hit show and describes a scene in which she creates an extraordinary moment.

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The Downton Abbey series is available for purchase on PBS

Maggie's best Downton moments

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"What is a weekend?"

Lady Grantham, played by Maggie Smith in "Downton Abbey," is a privileged British matriarch with zingers that viewers relish. Julian Fellowes, the show's creator, describes how Smith can take her lines from funny to laugh-out-loud.

Video courtesy of Carnival Films/Masterpiece on PBS
The Downton Abbey series is available for purchase on PBS

Maggie's best Downton moments

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The wedding ring scene

Dame Maggie Smith's mastery of acting can be seen in the subtlety of her characters' movements. Julian Fellowes describes a scene in "Downton Abbey" where Smith's approach was "awfully skillful," he says.

Video courtesy of Carnival Films/Masterpiece on PBS
The Downton Abbey series is available for purchase on PBS

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