Dame Maggie Smith said she was “astonished” to win another Emmy as she issued a playful response to Jimmy Kimmel’s jokes about her repeated failure to attend the awards show.
The 81-year-old actress won her fourth Emmy at the annual star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday, where she was rewarded for her role in ITV drama Downton Abbey.
Host Jimmy joked that the award was being left in “lost and found” because the veteran actress had failed to attend the ceremony, which she had also missed in previous years.
Following her win, Dame Maggie addressed the US comedian in a statement posted on Twitter by Masterpiece PBS.
“I was very astonished and pleased to win the award,” she said. “I feel the Emmys have been overly generous to me.
“If Mr Kimmel could please direct me to the lost and found office I will try and be on the next flight.”
The message was signed off, “Love, Old Maggie”.
Dame Maggie was awarded the Emmy for best supporting actress in a drama series for her role as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, in Downton Abbey. It was the third time she has received the award for her role in the hit period drama.
Her rivals in the category included Game Of Thrones stars Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Maisie Williams.
During his opening monologue, Jimmy joked that Dame Maggie should have made an effort to be at the event, having not attended in previous years either.
“If you want an Emmy you better hop on a plane right now and get your Dowager Count-ass over here,” he said.
“When her name was announced as winner, he walked on to the stage to take Dame Maggie’s trophy, saying: “No, no, no, no, no. We’re not mailing this to her. Maggie, if you want this, it’ll be in the lost and found.”
The final episode of Downton Abbey was broadcast earlier this year after six series.