Downton Abbey star Dame Maggie Smith has never seen an episode of the hit period drama - because, like so many actors, she hates to watch herself onscreen.

The Golden Globe-winner, who portrays the snooty Dowager Countess in the hit series, was asked if she likes the programme during a recently taped interview for U.S. news show 60 Minutes and confessed she has never seen it.

Asked why, she replies, "It’s frustrating. I always see things that I would like to do differently or think, ‘Why in the name of God did I do that?’"