New Downton Abbey clip showcases Maggie Smith’s infamous sassy character

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Downton Abbey is making its big screen at the end of the month, and a new clip is all about everyone’s favourite sassy character.

Of course, that’s Dowager Countess Crawley, played by Dame Maggie Smith. Throughout the six seasons of the series, Violet Crawley was known for her sharp tongue and no-nonsense approach to life, and it seems she hasn’t changed one bit in the new film.

Maggie Smith’s Harry Potter co-star Imelda Staunton also makes an appearance, as Lady Maud Bagshaw. Unfortunately, things between them seem incredibly tense if the new clip is anything to go by.

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In the clip, the Dowager Countess tells Lady Bagshaw that they’ll be “having a little chat later”, which we can’t imagine will be the most civil of conversations.

Violet’s sass is still clear from the get go, when Maud says: “How clever of you to find me”; to which Violet simply replies: “Well not really, I lived here 40 years.” You can’t argue with that!

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The new clip also gives viewers a look at Tuppence Middleton’s character, Lucy, who is Lady Bagshaw’s maid. Recently, the actress teased that there’d be a romance for her character, and we’re very excited for that!

Whilst the plot is mostly under wraps, we do know that King George V and Queen Mary are visiting Downton Abbey, which is an incredibly stressful time for everyone involved. After all, they want to make a good impression.

Retired head butler Carson (Jim Carter) is called upon to help out, which we’re sure will delight fans as he seems to be a favourite. Fans love his dry sense of humour and witticisms, and we’re sure we’ll get plenty in the new film.

It’ll be hitting the big screen on September 19th, but tickets are already available if you want to secure yours.

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Lucy Buglass is a Digital Writer specialising in TV, film and lifestyle content and has written for What's On TV, GoodtoKnow and She's passionate about entertainment and spends most of her free time watching Netflix series, BBC dramas, or going to the cinema to catch the latest film releases. In her spare time, she writes film and television reviews for JumpCut Online and her own blog, Lucy Goes To Hollywood.