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Downton's Dame Maggie Smith 'fine and well' after reports of heart scare

Dame Maggie Smith at a film screening in London
Dame Maggie Smith at a film screening in London Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Star of ITV's Downton Abbey Dame Maggie Smith has dismissed reports she was at the centre of a heart scare.

Her spokeswoman said of the award-winning actress: "She is fine and well and at home."

It is thought the reports emerged after Dame Maggie visited her doctor for a routine medical procedure.

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British stars miss out on Emmys

Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter and Brendan Coyle from Downtown Abbey Credit: Reuters

Downton Abbey actors Brendan Coyle, who plays valet John Bates, and Jim Carter, who plays the butler Carson, both missed out on Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series.

BBC's Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman also were surpassed on Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Mini-series Or A Movie.

Damian Lewis hails 'golden age' of television

What an extraordinary honour to be in a category with these golden actors setting a gold standard in acting in a golden age of TV.

The cast that I work with who are delightful and enjoyable to dine with but especially to the two ladies who've suffered me the most, Claire Danes and Marina Baccarin. You're both beautiful and it's enjoyable working with you, every minute of it.

– Damian Lewis on receiving his Emmy

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Downton Abbey's Dame Maggie Smith wins Emmy Award

Downton Abbey's Dame Maggie Smith has won the Emmy Award for best supporting actress in a drama series.

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Dame Maggie Smith Credit: Ian West/PA Archive

Maggie Smith of Downton Abbey won the Emmy Award for best supporting actress in a drama series.

She plays the Countess of Grantham in the popular PBS series and has won two previous Emmys.

She beat Christina Hendricks of Mad Men, Anna Gunn of Breaking Bad, Joanne Froggatt of Downton Abbey, Christine Baranski of The Good Wife and Archie Panjabi of The Good Wife.

Damian Lewis wins Outstanding Leading Actor

Homeland won the best writing award and its leading actor Damian Lewis also won, beating Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston and Jon Hamm.

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