Dame Maggie Smith shut down Jimmy Kimmel with a tweet

2016-09-20 16:00

Los Angeles - Dame Maggie Smith has hit back at Jimmy Kimmel after he mocked her for failing to turn up to the Emmy Awards.

The 81-year-old actress wasn't in Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater to pick up her Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series accolade prompting the host to joke he was going to put her prize in the ''lost and found''.

But Maggie has fired back with a witty response her Downton Abbey character Violet Crawley would be proud of.

In a statement via Masterpiece PBS' Twitter account, she wrote: ''I was very astonished and pleased to win the award. 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. Love, Old Maggie.''

Maggie has now won four Emmys and been nominated for nine but hasn't picked up any of the prizes in person.

Jimmy poked fun at her in his opening monologue, before it was known she would win another award on the night. 

When Minnie Driver and Michael Weatherly announced the star had won the award during Sunday's ceremony, Jimmy jokingly grabbed the gong and said: ''Maggie, if you want this, it will be in the lost and found.'' 

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