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Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith

Dame Margaret Natalie Smith CH DBE (born 28 December 1934) is an English actress. She has had an extensive career on stage, film, and television which began in the mid-1950s. Smith has appeared in more than 60 films and over 70 plays, and is one of Britain's most recognisable actresses. She was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990 for contributions to the performing arts, and a Companion of Honour in 2014 for services to drama. Smith began her career on stage as a student, performing at the Oxford Playhouse in 1952, and made her professional debut on Broadway in New Faces of '56. For her work on the London stage, she has won a record six Best Actress Evening Standard Awards: for The Private Ear, and The Public Eye (both 1962), Hedda Gabler (1970), Virginia (1981), The Way of the World (1984), Three Tall Women (1994) and A German Life (2019). She received Tony Award nominations for Private Lives (1975) and Night and Day (1979), before winning the 1990 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for Lettice and Lovage. She appeared in Stratford Shakespeare Festival productions of Antony and Cleopatra (1976) and Macbeth (1978), and West End productions of A Delicate Balance (1997) and The Breath of Life (2002). She received the Society of London Theatre Special Award in 2010. On screen, Smith first drew praise for the crime film Nowhere to Go (1958), for which she received her first nomination for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award. She has won two Academy Awards, winning Best Actress for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) and Best Supporting Actress for California Suite (1978). She is one of only seven actresses to have won in both categories. She has won a record four BAFTA Awards for Best Actress, including for A Private Function (1984) and The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1988), a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress for Tea with Mussolini (1999), and three Golden Globe Awards. She received four other Oscar nominations that were for Othello (1965), Travels with My Aunt (1972), A Room with a View (1986), and Gosford Park (2001). Smith played Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter film series (2001–2011). Her other films include Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing (1973), Death on the Nile (1978), Clash of the Titans (1981), Evil Under the Sun (1982), Hook (1991), Sister Act (1992), Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), The Secret Garden (1993), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012), and The Lady in the Van (2015). She won an Emmy Award in 2003 for My House in Umbria, to become one of the few actresses to have achieved the Triple Crown of Acting, and starred as Lady Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, on Downton Abbey (2010–2015), for which she won three Emmys, her first non-ensemble Screen Actors Guild Award, and her third Golden Globe. Her honorary film awards include the BAFTA Special Award in 1993 and the BAFTA Fellowship in 1996. She received the Stratford Shakespeare Festival's Legacy Award in 2012, and the Bodley Medal by the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries in 2016. Description above from the Wikipedia article Maggie Smith, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

1934-12-28 (87 years old)
Place of Birth
Ilford, Essex, England, UK
Also Known As :
Travels with My Aunt
Travels with My Aunt (1972)
as Augusta Bertram
Gosford Park
Gosford Park (2001)
as Constance Trentham
My House in Umbria
My House in Umbria (2003)
as Mrs. Emily Delahunty
Quartet (2012)
as Jean Horton
Capturing Mary
Capturing Mary (2007)
as Mary Gilbert
Suddenly, Last Summer
Suddenly, Last Summer (1993)
as Violet Venable
My Old Lady
My Old Lady (2014)
as Mathilde Girard
The Lady in the Van
The Lady in the Van (2015)
as Miss Shepherd
Memento Mori
Memento Mori (1992)
as Mrs Mabel Pettigrew
A German Life
A German Life (2022)
as Brunhilde Pomsel
Mrs Silly
Mrs Silly (1983)
as Mrs Silly
Sister Act
Sister Act (1992)
as Mother Superior
Tea with Mussolini
Tea with Mussolini (1999)
as Lady Hester Random
Hot Millions
Hot Millions (1968)
as Patty Terwilliger Smith
The Last September
The Last September (2000)
as Lady Myra Naylor
Nowhere to Go
Nowhere to Go (1958)
as Bridget Howard
The Missionary
The Missionary (1982)
as Lady Isabel Ames
A Private Function
A Private Function (1984)
as Joyce Chilvers
Lily in Love
Lily in Love (1984)
as Lily Wynn
All the King's Men
All the King's Men (1999)
as Queen Alexandra
Woolf Works
Woolf Works (2017)
as Reading (voice)
Oh! What a Lovely War
Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)
as Music Hall Star
A Room with a View
A Room with a View (1985)
as Charlotte Bartlett
Murder by Death
Murder by Death (1976)
as Dora Charleston
California Suite
California Suite (1978)
as Diana Barrie
Keeping Mum
Keeping Mum (2005)
as Grace Hawkins
Othello (1965)
as Desdemona
Washington Square
Washington Square (1997)
as Aunt Lavinia Penniman
The First Wives Club
The First Wives Club (1996)
as Gunilla Garson Goldberg
Evil Under the Sun
Evil Under the Sun (1982)
as Daphne Castle
The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden (1993)
as Mrs. Medlock
Gnomeo & Juliet
Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
as Lady Bluebury (voice)
Quartet (1981)
as Lois Heidler
Curtain Call
Curtain Call (1998)
as Lily Marlowe
Hook (1991)
as Granny Wendy
Becoming Jane
Becoming Jane (2007)
as Lady Gresham
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (2010)
as Agatha Rose Doherty
The V.I.P.s
The V.I.P.s (1963)
as Miss Mead
The Honey Pot
The Honey Pot (1967)
as Sarah Watkins
Romeo.Juliet (1990)
as Rosaline (voice)
Richard III
Richard III (1995)
as Duchess of York
Go to Blazes
Go to Blazes (1962)
as Chantal
The Best of The Tony Awards: The Plays
The Best of The Tony Awards: The Plays (2006)
as Lettice Douffet (segment "Lettice and Lovage")
Death on the Nile
Death on the Nile (1978)
as Miss Bowers
Death on the Nile: Making of Featurette
Death on the Nile: Making of Featurette (1978)
as Miss Bowers (archive footage)
Sherlock Gnomes
Sherlock Gnomes (2018)
as Lady Bluebury (voice)
Downton Abbey: Christmas at Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey: Christmas at Downton Abbey (2011)
as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Downton Abbey: A Moorland Holiday
Downton Abbey: A Moorland Holiday (2014)
as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Child in the House
Child in the House (1956)
as Party Guest (uncredited)
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey (2019)
as Violet Crawley
The Making of 'Gosford Park'
The Making of 'Gosford Park' (2002)
as Herself (uncredited)
Talking Pictures
Talking Pictures (2013)
as Self (archive footage)
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey (2010)
as Violet Crawley
David Copperfield
David Copperfield (1999)
as Betsey Trotwood
Tony Awards
Tony Awards (1956)
as Self - Presenter
Great Performances
Great Performances (1971)
as Violet Venable