Maggie Smith was chosen for the award by Evgeny Lebedev, the Standard’s proprietor, for her contribution to the world stage.
Fighting back tears in a self-deprecating speech, she said: “I’m very sad because I haven’t done anything in theatre to justify this. I wish I had. Doing something on stage at the National the other night was extraordinary. I’d love to do more.”
Dame Maggie, who plays the Dowager Countess of Grantham in the hit ITV period drama, added after her win: “I would love to do more theatre work but really, I don’t get any offers. I’m with my agent here and I’m told I’m busy for the next year, but after that I would love to do more work on the stage — especially after winning this award.
“If you could help me put the word out, maybe that would help! Maybe you could put an advert in for me.”
yes, please…I’d be there in a flash!!!!!
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