• Dame Maggie Smith vows to stay on Downton Abbey as long as show lasts

    Fans were left concerned after rumours that Dame Maggie Smith was to leave Downton Abbey, but the 80-year-old actress, who plays Violet Crawley in the hugely popular British television series, has made it clear that she'll stay for as long as the show lasts. A representative told The Wrap: "Maggie has always been on the record as saying she'll be with the show for as long as the show runs." Maggie got everyone talking when she hinted that she would leave Downton after the show's sixth series. The actress, who has played a leading role in

  • Julie Andrews admits the loss of her husband still hits her "in the middle of your gut"

    Julie Andrews' husband Blake Edwards passed away in 2010, and The Sound of Music actress has admitted it never gets easier to come to terms with the loss. "I'm still dealing with it," the 79-year-old actress revealed. "There are days when it's perfectly wonderful and I am myself and then it's suddenly - sock you in the middle of your gut and you think, 'Ah God I wish he were here'." CLICK ON PICTURES FOR GALLERY Julie Andrews and Blake Edwards in 2010 She added: "But he is in a way, I think one carries that love