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Updated on March 29, 2023 6:04 am

Downton Abbey: Dowager Countess Finest Strains

“I’ve loads of associates I do not like.”

When you can imagine it, it has been three years for the reason that launch of the primary Downton Abbey movie. And now, the Crawley household and the employees of Downton have returned to the large display for Downton Abbey: A New Period.

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When you’re a fan of the present (and first movie), you will positively need to try Downton Abbey: A New Period. It is like a heat, comforting hug from an previous good friend, and let’s be trustworthy, who DOESN’T want that proper now?! As at all times, the costumes and manufacturing design are GORGEOUS, and there is loads of great want achievement for thus many characters. Mainly, you will chortle, you will cry, and you will want you possibly can stay in that world perpetually.

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After all, among the best elements of Downton Abbey is the Dowager Countess herself, Violet Crawley — performed by the legendary Maggie Smith.

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So, in celebration of the newest addition to the Downton legacy, here is an appreciation of a few of Violet Crawley’s greatest, funniest, and most brutal moments over time…


Just like the time the Dowager gave a chilly, however trustworthy, reception to her potential, future in-law:


And the time she mentioned this HIGHLY relatable line about associates:


The time she made this excellent arrange for a joke:


The time she felt she wasn’t clear sufficient:


The time Lord Grantham tried out a brand new trend development (black tie) and the Dowager threw this shade at him:


The time she threw this roadblock down:


The time she laid down this truth:


The time she took (one other) jab at enemy-to-best-friend Mrs. Crawley:


The time she questioned know-how:


The time she wished to make it clear she wasn’t a romantic:


The time she wished to clear the air about her allegedly meddling with Mary and Matthew’s romance:


The time she tried to present Edith recommendation after she was left on the altar:


After which proceeded to get annoyed with Edith a number of seconds later:


The time she acquired brutally trustworthy about dealing with the very smug Dr. Philip Tapsell:


The time she took this lil’ jab at candy Mr. Molesley’s dancing:


The time she agreed with Branson about illogical British aristocracy titles:


The time she sat in a swivel chair, practically fell off, and was nonetheless in a position to make a joke about it:


The time she made positive to remind Lord Grantham who’s the mom and who’s the kid (when he was performing up):


The time she took YET ANOTHER jab at Mrs. Crawley:


The time she truly supported Mrs. Crawley (and likewise gave extra sage recommendation):


And at last, the time she mentioned this ICONIC line:


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