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  • - Maggie Smith.

  • - Mags.

  • - Maggie.

  • - Maggie Smith.

  • - The notorious M-A-G.

  • G-I-E, yeah you know me.

  • - The Magster.

  • She doesn't like me to say that.

  • That's not a thing.

  • (jaunty music)

  • - My most memorable moment with Maggie,

  • for better or worse,

  • is one of my first scenes with her.

  • - The first scene that we, that we shot with her,

  • and the first time I ever worked with her,

  • and I was absolutely terrified.

  • - My first memory of Maggie Smith

  • was when she got in the car, a 1910 Renault.

  • I was playing the chauffeur.

  • It's one of my first days,

  • and I had to drive down the drive

  • and deliver her to the house.

  • And they gave me a very specific mark to hit,

  • and I panicked,

  • and I pulled the handbrake very hard,

  • turned the car, managed--

  • basically handbrake turned a 1910 Renault,

  • with basically a national treasure in the backseat.

  • And stopped, obviously, went,

  • "Okay, we're gonna have to reset the car,

  • "just reverse it back there,"

  • and Maggie went, "I think I'll get out first."

  • - All I had to do was put a cloak on her,

  • and when she turned around, I give her her handbag.

  • I was like, "Okay, I can do this.

  • "This sounds appropriate to my level of footman-ing."

  • And we said "action."

  • I put the cloak on her but kinda brushed her--

  • maybe punched her in the face (chuckles),

  • and then she sorta went, "Oh God,"

  • and then they shouted "cut" and then I pulled the cloak off

  • and it was attached to her dress,

  • so it pulled her in another direction,

  • and then she turned around

  • and I closed her fingers in the handbag.

  • So it was the worst of times,

  • but the thing was that--

  • I love about her is that Maggie was so awesome about it.

  • She didn't make me feel bad at all.

  • I shall never forget it,

  • but I don't think it was my finest hour.

  • - It was a dining room scene,

  • and us three girls,

  • me, Jessica and Laura, Edith and Sybil,

  • we were all very nervous,

  • and she immediately kind of made us feel at ease.

  • She did this funny thing of kind of, you know,

  • sort of, walking out with her walking stick like a granny.

  • - Then when I got to join the upstairs cast

  • in season three, really, she--

  • on her way in the first day, she was back,

  • she stopped at the doorway, she was passing me,

  • and she went, "I'm glad you're back.

  • "I'm glad to see the smiler."

  • - My favorite Maggie quote is,

  • "I never argue.

  • "I explain."

  • - "Machiavelli is frequently underrated.

  • "He had many qualities."

  • - There's a couple of very good lines that Maggie

  • has to Edith when she's feeling a bit blue

  • and she's moaning and moping a bit, and Violet says,

  • "Don't be defeatist, dear, it's very middle class."

  • - I've never had a put-down from Maggie except in the movie,

  • and I say,

  • "It wasn't a contrived meeting, we met by chance,"

  • and she looked at me and said,

  • "What simpletons men are."

  • - One of my favorite Maggie lines is the classic,

  • "What is a weekend?"

  • And I've seen them on T-shirts,

  • so I think it's the kind of classic

  • that everybody remembers and loves.

  • - How would I describe her?

  • Wise.

  • - Brilliant.

  • - Hilarious.

  • - Iconic.

  • - Skilled.

  • - Witty.

  • - Naughty.

  • - Sharp.

  • - But there's so many moments with Maggie that I couldn't--

  • I'd be here all day if I told you all of them.

  • - ♪ Ain't nothin' like a dame

- Maggie Smith.

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