Downton Dowager Countess set for US high society series
Downton Abbey fans upset that the show is bowing out will be pleased to hear that the Dowager Countess may again appear on screen.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, played by Dame Maggie Smith in the ITV hit period drama, might return in a future show by Downton's creator Julian Fellowes.
The Gilded Age is believed to be a drama focusing on late 19th century New York society families - so it would be a younger Violet if she were to feature.
"Robert Grantham would be in his early teens, Cora would be a child. A young Violet could make an appearance," Lord Fellowes told The Mail on Sunday.
Downton will end when the next series finishes, although show bosses admitted they are ''contemplating'' a film version.
The show has been a critical hit, winning Golden Globes, Emmys and Bafta awards since its debut in 2010. Around 11 million viewers in the UK have followed the fortunes of the Crawley family from the sinking of the Titanic through the First World War and beyond.