Downton Abbey’s Maggie Smith is ‘fine and well’ after rumours of heart scare

The actress was reportedly rushed to hospital on Friday (November 2)

Downton Abbey‘s Dame Maggie Smith is “fine and well” after rumours of a heart scare, according to her representative.

The actress was reportedly rushed to hospital on Friday (November 2), after complaining of severe chest pains and was admitted to the specialist cardiac unit to undergo tests.

The 77-year-old star, who plays Violet Crawley in the hit ITV show, was taken to the private Wellington Hospital in London, but was discharged on Friday night after doctors assessed and stabilised her condition, reports The Sunday Mirror.

A source close to the award-winning actress told the newspaper: “It was a big scare for Maggie and she was really worried because she was in a lot of pain. It was extremely distressing for her but she did the right thing and made sure she got to hospital as soon as possible.

“Maggie was in the best possible hands at the Wellington Hospital. It was obviously a worrying time for her but she ­underwent all the tests possible. She was only discharged when the ­cardiologist was completely satisfied she was OK.”

Smith’s future in the hit ITV drama has now been cast in doubt, and the newspaper’s source added that “she will have to think very carefully now whether she stays in the show”.