Why Dame Maggie prefers playing homeless Miss Shepherd to Lady Violet

Dame Maggie Smith has revealed she preferred playing Miss Mary Shepherd to Downton Abbey’s Lady Violet Crawley, because the contemporary outfits were more comfortable. The 80-year-old actress reprises the role of homeless Miss Shepherd for the third time in The Lady In The Van, who lived in a battered yellow van on the driveway of the writer Alan Bennett for 15 years. Ahead of the film’s premiere at the BFI London Film Festival tonight, Dame Maggie – best known for playing the Dowager Countess of Grantham on Julian Fellowes’ ITV…

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