Has Maggie Smith signed on for a ‘Downton Abbey’ movie?

Rumours of a movie have been swirling since before the TV series ended last year

Maggie Smith has signed on to appear in a film version of Downton Abbey, according to a new report.

Michael Fox, who played footman Andrew Parker on the long-running period drama, confirmed the Dame’s involvement at a TV industry party in Los Angeles on Saturday night (September 16), MailOnline reports.

“She elevates it to something else, because she is such a legend and a national treasure,” the actor said. “It becomes a different show and she puts a stamp on it of quality.”

Smith won an Emmy on Sunday night for her performance as Violet Crawley, the show’s formidable Dowager Countess, the fourth Emmy she has collected for her popular Downton role.

“She is one of those actors you look at, and say, ‘How on earth do they do it?'” Parker continued. “Everyone says Maggie gets the best lines – they are funny on the page, but she makes them exceptional – she is really special.”

Rumours of a Downton Abbey movie began to build even before the ITV show bowed out with its sixth series last year. Smith commented on a possible film during her appearance on The Graham Norton Show last year, saying at the time that her character, the Dowager Countess, would be too old to return.

“I can’t – what age would she be?” she said at the time. “By the time we finished, she must have been about 110. It couldn’t go on and on, it just didn’t make sense.”