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Maggie Smith

1934-12-28 Ilford, Essex, England, UK

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Dame Margaret Natalie "Maggie" 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.


Downton Abbey: A New Era Violet Crawley 2022-03-16
A Boy Called Christmas Aunt Ruth 2021-11-25
Return to Downton Abbey: A Grand Event 2019-09-19
Downton Abbey Violet Crawley 2019-09-12
Nothing Like a Dame Herself 2018-05-02
Sherlock Gnomes Lady Bluebury (voice) 2018-03-15
Rod Taylor: Pulling No Punches Herself 2017-04-17
Woolf Works Reading (voice) 2017-02-08
Robin And Mark And Richard III Herself 2016-04-15
The Lady in the Van Miss Shepherd 2015-11-13
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Muriel Donnelly 2015-02-26
My Old Lady Mathilde Girard 2014-09-09
National Theatre Live: 50 Years on Stage Mrs. Sullen 2013-11-02
Quartet Jean Horton 2012-09-08
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Minerva McGonagall 2011-07-07
Gnomeo & Juliet Lady Bluebury (voice) 2011-01-13
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Muriel Donnelly 2011-11-28
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang Agatha Rose Doherty 2010-03-26
From Time to Time Linnet 2010-09-24
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Minerva McGonagall 2009-07-07
Capturing Mary Mary Gilbert 2007-11-12
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Minerva McGonagall 2007-06-28
Becoming Jane Lady Gresham 2007-03-02
The Best of The Tony Awards: The Plays Lettice Douffet (segment "Lettice and Lovage") 2006-05-02
Keeping Mum Grace Hawkins 2005-12-02
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Minerva McGonagall 2005-11-16
Ladies in Lavender Janet 2004-11-12
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Minerva McGonagall 2004-05-31
My House in Umbria Mrs. Emily Delahunty 2003-05-25
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Professor McGonagall 2002-11-13
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Caro Eliza Bennett 2002-06-07
The Making of 'Gosford Park' Herself (uncredited) 2002-06-18
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Minerva McGonagall 2001-11-16
Gosford Park Constance Trentham 2001-11-07
The Last September Lady Myra Naylor 2000-04-28
Tea with Mussolini Lady Hester Random 1999-03-25
David Copperfield Betsey Trotwood 1999-12-25
All the King's Men Queen Alexandra 1999-11-14
Curtain Call Lily Marlowe 1998-12-05
Washington Square Aunt Lavinia Penniman 1997-10-10
The First Wives Club Gunilla Garson Goldberg 1996-09-20
Richard III Duchess of York 1995-12-29
Suddenly, Last Summer Violet Venable 1993-01-06
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Mother Superior 1993-12-09
The Secret Garden Mrs. Medlock 1993-08-13
Memento Mori Mrs Mabel Pettigrew 1992-04-19
Sister Act Mother Superior 1992-05-28
Hook Granny Wendy 1991-04-10
Romeo.Juliet Rosaline (voice) 1990-01-01
Talking Heads 1988-04-19
Bed Among the Lentils Susan 1988-05-03
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne Judith Hearne 1987-12-23
A Room with a View Charlotte Bartlett 1985-12-13
A Private Function Joyce Chilvers 1984-11-09
Lily in Love Lily Wynn 1984-10-17
Better Late Than Never Miss Anderson 1983-04-14
The Making of Agatha Christie's 'Evil Under the Sun' Herself / Daphne Castle 1982-01-01
Evil Under the Sun Daphne Castle 1982-03-05
The Missionary Lady Isabel Ames 1982-11-02
Clash of the Titans Thetis 1981-06-12
Quartet Lois Heidler 1981-10-25
California Suite Diana Barrie 1978-12-15
Death on the Nile Miss Bowers 1978-09-29
Death on the Nile: Making of Featurette Miss Bowers 1978-01-01
Murder by Death Dora Charleston 1976-06-23
Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing Lila Fisher 1973-04-19
Travels with My Aunt Augusta Bertram 1972-12-17
The Millionairess Epifania 1972-09-12
The Merchant of Venice Portia 1972-04-16
Oh! What a Lovely War Music Hall Star 1969-03-10
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Jean Brodie 1969-02-24
Hot Millions Patty Terwilliger Smith 1968-09-19
The Honey Pot Sarah Watkins 1967-05-21
Much Ado About Nothing Beatrice 1967-01-01
Young Cassidy Nora 1965-02-25
Olivier Talks About Othello Archive Footage 1965-01-01
Othello Desdemona 1965-12-15
The Pumpkin Eater Philpot 1964-07-14
The V.I.P.s Miss Mead 1963-09-01
Go to Blazes Chantal 1962-04-18
Nowhere to Go Bridget Howard 1958-12-02
Child in the House Party Guest (uncredited) 1956-08-14
A German Life Brunhilde Pomsel
The Miracle Club