The Dowager Countess would certainly not approve. Dame Maggie Smith, who is known for playing numerous roles in film, television and theatre, has always absent from the Emmy Awards. On Sunday night, the actress, who played Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess on PBS’ “Downton Abbey,” once again was absent at the awards ceremony. She won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress In a Drama.
This isn’t the first time Smith has snubbed the Primetime Emmy awards, arguably the most prestigious TV awards in the industry. The “Downton Abbey” star was absent a total of nine times for the awards. Out of these nine times, the veteran English actress has won an impressive four times – and all four times she hasn’t shown up to receive it.
The 81-year-old Oscar-winning actress has won Emmys in 2003 for Outstanding Lead Actress In a Limited Series or a Movie for her role in “My House In Umbria,” and in 2011, 2012 and 2016 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress In a Drama category for her brilliant portrayal of the Dowager Countess in “Downton Abbey.”
At the 2016 Emmy Awards, Jimmy Kimmel went on stage to receive the award on her behalf when the presenters announced that she won. However, while accepting it on her behalf, Kimmel said, “No, no, no. We’re not mailing this to you [Maggie Smith]. Maggie, if you want this, it will be in the lost and found.”
Watch the hilarious video in which Kimmel accepts Smith’s award below:
Produced by British network ITV, “Downton Abbey” aired its series finale this year. The period drama wrapped up after six successful seasons. The series revolves around the aristocratic Crawley family and the staff that serve the upper-class household. Smith played the grandmother of Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery). Her character was known for its acerbic nature, quick retorts and witty humor.