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Dame Maggie Smith
DBE
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Smith filming in Kensington Gardens,
7 March 2007
Born
Margaret Natalie Smith

28 December 1934 (1934-12-28) (age 84)
Ilford, London, England
Other names Dame Maggie Smith
Occupation Actress
Years active 1952–present
Spouse(s) Robert Stephens
(m. 1967–1974, divorced)
Beverley Cross
(m. 1975–1998, his death)
Children Chris Larkin, Toby Stephens
Film Awards
Academy Awards
1969 Best Actress
1978 Best Supporting Actress
British Academy Film Awards
1969, 1984, 1986, 1988 Best Actress
1999 Best Supporting Actress
1996 Fellowship
Golden Globe Awards
1978 Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1986 Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards
2001 Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Dame Margaret Natalie Smith, DBE (born 28 December 1934) is a British actress. She is better known as Maggie Smith. She made her stage debut in 1952 and is still performing after 60 years. She has won many awards for acting, both for the stage and for movies, including seven BAFTA Awards (five competitive awards and two special awards including the Bafta Fellowship in 1996), two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, two Emmy Awards, a Laurence Olivier Award, two SAG Awards and a Tony Award.

Her award winning movies include Othello (1965), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), Travels with My Aunt (1972), California Suite (1978), Clash of the Titans (1981), A Room with a View (1985) and Gosford Park (2001). She has also been in a number of widely-popular movies, including Hook (1991), Sister Act (1992) and as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter movie series. She currently stars in the drama Downton Abbey as Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, for which she has won an Emmy.

Smith was born in Ilford, Essex. She moved to Oxford at age four and went to Oxford High School.

Personal life

Smith has been married twice. She married actor Robert Stephens on 29 June 1967 at Greenwich. The couple had two sons: actors Chris Larkin (born in 1967) and Toby Stephens (born in 1969). They divorced on 6 May 1974.

She married playwright Beverley Cross on 23 August 1975 at Guildford. He died on 20 March 1998.

In 2007, the Sunday Telegraph' reported that she had breast cancer. She has made a full recovery.

Filmography

Television and cinema

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Dr. Dolittle Brenda Dolittle
1958 Nowhere to Go Bridget Howard Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer
1962 Go to Blazes Chantal
1963 V.I.P.s, TheThe V.I.P.s Miss Mead Nominated — Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress
1964 Pumpkin Eater, TheThe Pumpkin Eater Philpot
1965 Othello Desdemona
Young Cassidy Nora Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1967 Honey Pot, TheThe Honey Pot Sarah Watkins
1968 Hot Millions Patty Terwilliger Smith
1969 Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, TheThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Jean Brodie
1969 Oh! What a Lovely War Music Hall Star
1972 Travels with My Aunt Aunt Augusta
1973 Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing Lila Fisher
1974 Carol Burnett Show, TheThe Carol Burnett Show Gwendylspire Boughgrough
1975 Carol Burnett Show, TheThe Carol Burnett Show Ms. Collins
1976 Murder by Death Dora Charleston
1978 Death on the Nile Miss Bowers Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
California Suite Diana Barrie
1981 Quartet Lois Heidler Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Clash of the Titans Thetis Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1982 Evil Under the Sun Daphne Castle
Missionary, TheThe Missionary Lady Isabel Ames
Better Late Than Never Miss Anderson
1984 Private Function, AA Private Function Joyce Chilvers BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Lily in Love Lily Wynn Nominated — British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
1985 Room with a View, AA Room with a View Charlotte Bartlett
1987 Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, TheThe Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne Judith Hearne BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Talking Heads Susan Nominated — British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
1991 Hook Wendy Darling
1992 Sister Act Reverend Mother
Memento Mori Mrs. Mabel Pettigrew Nominated — British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
1993 Suddenly, Last Summer Violet Venable Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Reverend Mother
Secret Garden, TheThe Secret Garden Mrs. Medlock Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1995 Richard III Duchess of York
1996 First Wives Club, TheThe First Wives Club Gunilla Garson Goldberg National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
1997 Washington Square Aunt Lavinia Penniman Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
1999 Curtain Call Lily Gale
Last September, TheThe Last September Lady Myra Naylor
Tea with Mussolini Lady Hester Random BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
All the King's Men Queen Alexandra
David Copperfield Betsey Trotwood
  • Nominated — British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
  • Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
2001 Gosford Park Constance, Countess of Trentham
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
  • Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
  • Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
  • Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
  • Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
  • Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
  • Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
  • Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
  • Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
  • Nominated — Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
  • Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
  • Nominated — European Film Award for Best Actress
  • Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
  • Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
  • Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Professor Minerva McGonagall
  • Released in the US and India as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Professor Minerva McGonagall Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Caro Eliza Bennett
2003 My House in Umbria Emily Delahunty
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
  • Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
  • Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Professor Minerva McGonagall
Ladies in Lavender Janet Widdington Nominated — European Film Award for Best Actress
2005 Keeping Mum Grace Hawkins
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Professor Minerva McGonagall
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Professor Minerva McGonagall
Becoming Jane Lady Gresham
Capturing Mary Mary Gilbert Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Professor Minerva McGonagall
From Time to Time Linnet Oldknow
2010 Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang Mrs. Docherty
2010–present Downton Abbey Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
TV Times Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Monte Carlo Television Festival Award for Outstanding Actress
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2011 Gnomeo & Juliet Lady Bluebury
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Professor Minerva McGonagall
2012 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Muriel Donnelly
Quartet Jean Horton post-production

Theatre roles

  • Twelfth Night, Oxford Playhouse, 1952
  • He Who Gets Slapped, Clarendon Press Institute, 1952
  • Cinderella, Oxford Playhouse, 1952
  • Rookery Nook, Oxford Playhouse, 1953
  • The Housemaster, Oxford Playhouse, 1953
  • Cakes and Ale (revue), Edinburgh Festival, 1953
  • The Love of Four Colonels, Oxford Playhouse, 1953
  • The Ortolan, Maxton Hall, 1954
  • Don’t Listen Ladies, Oxford Playhouse, 1954
  • The Government Inspector, Oxford Playhouse, 1954
  • The Letter, Oxford Playhouse, 1954
  • A Man About The House, Oxford Playhouse, 1954
  • On the Mile (revue), Edinburgh Festival, 1954
  • Oxford Accents, New Watergate Theatre, London, 1954
  • Theatre 1900, Oxford Playhouse, 1954
  • Listen to the Wind, Oxford Playhouse, 1954
  • The Magistrate, Oxford Playhouse, 1955
  • The School For Scandal, Oxford Playhouse, 1955
  • New Faces (revue), Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York, 1956
  • Share My Lettuce (revue), Lyric Hammersmith and Comedy Theatre, 1957
  • The Stepmother, St. Martin's Theatre, 1958
  • The Double Dealer, Old Vic, 1959
  • As You Like It, Old Vic, 1959
  • Richard II, Old Vic, 1959
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor, Old Vic, 1959
  • What Every Woman Knows, Old Vic, 1960
  • Rhinoceros, Strand Theatre, 1960
  • Strip the Willow, UK Tour, 1960
  • The Rehearsal, Bristol Old Vic and Globe Theatre, 1961
  • The Private Ear and The Public Eye, Globe Theatre, 1962
  • Mary, Mary, Queen's Theatre, 1963
  • The Recruiting Officer, National Theatre/Old Vic, 1963
  • Othello, National Theatre/Old Vic, 1964
  • The Master Builder, National Theatre/Old Vic, 1964
  • Hay Fever, National Theatre/Old Vic, 1964
  • Much Ado About Nothing, National Theatre/Old Vic, 1965
  • Trelawney of the Wells, National Theatre/Old Vic, 1965
  • Miss Julie, National Theatre/Old Vic, 1966
  • Black Comedy, National Theatre/Old Vic, 1966
  • A Bond Honoured, National Theatre/Old Vic, 1966
  • The Country Wife, Chichester Festival Theatre, 1969
  • The Beaux Stratagem, National Theatre/Old Vic and Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1970
  • Hedda Gabler, National Theatre/Cambridge Theatre, 1970
  • Design For Living, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1971
  • Private Lives, Queen's Theatre, 1972
  • Peter Pan, London Coliseum, 1973
  • Snap, Vaudeville Theatre, 1974
  • Private Lives, US tour and 46th Street Theatre, New York, 1975 [Tony nomination]
  • The Way of the World, Stratford, Canada, 1976
  • Antony and Cleopatra, Stratford, Canada, 1976
  • Three Sisters, Stratford, Canada, 1976
  • The Guardsman, Stratford, Canada and Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1976
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, Stratford, Canada and Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1977
  • Richard III, Stratford, Canada, 1977
  • As You Like It, Stratford, Canada, 1977
  • Hay Fever, Stratford, Canada, 1977
  • Macbeth, Stratford, Canada, 1978
  • Private Lives, Stratford, Canada, 1978
  • Night and Day, Phoenix Theatre, Washington D.C. and ANTA Playhouse, New York, 1979 [Tony nomination]
  • Much Ado About Nothing, Stratford, Canada, 1980
  • The Seagull, Stratford, Canada, 1980
  • Virginia, Stratford, Canada, 1980 and Theatre Royal Haymarket, 1981
  • The Way of the World, Chichester Festival Theatre and Theatre Royal Haymarket, 1984
  • The Interpreters, Queen's Theatre, 1985
  • The Infernal Machine, Lyric Hammersmith, 1986
  • Coming Into Land, National Theatre/Lyttelton, 1987
  • Lettice and Lovage, Globe Theatre, 1987
  • Lettice and Lovage, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York, 1990 [Tony win]
  • The Importance of Being Earnest, Aldwych Theatre, 1993
  • Three Tall Women, Wyndham's Theatre, 1994 and 1995
  • Talking Heads, Chichester Festival Theatre and Comedy Theatre, 1996
  • A Delicate Balance, Theatre Royal Haymarket, 1997
  • The Lady in the Van, Queen's Theatre, 1999
  • The Breath of Life, Theatre Royal Haymarket, 2002
  • Talking Heads, Australian tour, 2004
  • The Lady From Dubuque, Theatre Royal Haymarket, 2007

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