Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith

Highest Rated: 100% A Room With a View (1986)

Lowest Rated: 0% The V.I.P.s (1963)

Birthday: Dec 28, 1934

Birthplace: Ilford, Essex, England, UK

One of the most revered actresses on both sides of the Atlantic, Maggie Smith created a gallery of indelible characters on stage and screen, which ran the gamut from repressed spinsters to comical eccentrics. Smith quickly became an actress of note with performances in several Shakespeare plays before making an auspicious feature debut in "Nowhere to Go" (1959), before stealing the show in "The VIPs" (1963) and gaining international acclaim for her Oscar-winning performance in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1969). While making her name in dramatic roles, Smith proved equally adept at comedy, particularly with a standout turn as a sophisticated sleuth among an all-star cast in "Murder by Death" (1976). She earned another Academy Award for her brilliant portrayal of a crumbling actress in "California Suite" (1978) before transitioning to a repressed spinster in "A Room with a View" (1986). Though she appeared in a supporting capacity in broad Hollywood movies like "Hook" (1991) and "Sister Act" (1992), Smith found comfort on Broadway and London stages while continuing to earn acclaim for smaller films like "Tea with Mussolini" (1998) and Robert Altman's "Gosford Park" (2001). Smith reached her widest audience with "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (2001) and its numerous sequels, and earned critical acclaim as Dowager Countess of Grantham on the wildly popular series "Downton Abbey" (ITV/PBS, 2010-16), allowing her the opportunity to impress a whole new generation as she continued to maintain her reputation as one of the greatest actresses of all time.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
84% 94% Downton Abbey Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham (Character) $96.8M 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nothing Like a Dame Unknown (Character) - 2018
98% 76% Nothing Like a Dame Herself (Character) $858.9K 2018
27% 35% Sherlock Gnomes Lady Blueberry (Voice) $43.1M 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rod Taylor: Pulling No Punches Unknown (Character) - 2018
89% 64% The Lady in the Van Miss Shepherd (Character) $10M 2015
65% 59% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Muriel Donnelly (Character) $33M 2015
62% 43% My Old Lady Mathilde Girard (Character) $4M 2014
80% 66% Quartet Jean Horton (Character) $18.4M 2012
78% 78% The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Muriel Donnelly (Character) $46.4M 2011
96% 89% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Minerva McGonagall (Character) $381M 2011
56% 54% Gnomeo & Juliet Lady Bluebury (Voice) - 2011
76% 55% Nanny McPhee Returns Mrs. Docherty (Character) $29M 2010
84% 78% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Minerva McGonagall (Character) $302M 2009
43% 60% From Time to Time Mrs. Oldknow (Character) - 2009
78% 81% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Minerva McGonagall (Character) $292M 2007
No Score Yet 49% Capturing Mary Mary Gilbert (Character) - 2007
58% 74% Becoming Jane Lady Gresham (Character) $18.7M 2007
56% 74% Keeping Mum Grace Hawkins (Character) $1.6M 2006
88% 74% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Minerva McGonagall (Character) $290M 2005
64% 66% Ladies in Lavender Janet Widdington (Character) $6.8M 2004
90% 86% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Professor McGonagall (Character) $249.4M 2004
50% 66% My House in Umbria Unknown (Character) - 2003
45% 65% Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Caro (Character) $69.6M 2002
82% 80% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Professor Minerva McGonagall (Character) $262M 2002
81% 82% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Professor McGonagall (Character) $317.6M 2001
86% 78% Gosford Park Constance, Countess of Trentham (Character) $41.3M 2001
42% 33% The Last September Lady Myra (Character) $470K 1999
No Score Yet 65% All the King's Men Queen Alexandra (Character) - 1999
66% 76% Tea With Mussolini Lady Hester Random (Character) $14.4M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Curtain Call Lily Marlowe (Character) - 1998
81% 69% Washington Square Aunt Lavinia Penniman (Character) $1.8M 1997
50% 68% The First Wives Club Gunilla Garson Goldberg (Character) $105.5M 1996
94% 85% Richard III Duchess of York (Character) $2.4M 1995
88% 80% The Secret Garden Mrs. Medlock (Character) $30M 1993
17% 61% Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Mother Superior (Character) $57M 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Memento Mori Mrs. Mabel Pettigrew (Character) - 1992
74% 65% Sister Act Mother Superior (Character) $139.6M 1992
No Score Yet 82% Suddenly, Last Summer Violet Venable (Character) - 1992
29% 76% Hook Granny Wendy/Middle-Aged Wendy (Character) $116.3M 1991
No Score Yet 77% The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne Judith Hearne (Character) $82.7K 1987
100% 85% A Room With a View Charlotte Bartlett, a chaperon (Character) $12M 1986
No Score Yet 11% Lily in Love Lily Wynn (Character) - 1985
88% 63% A Private Function Joyce Chilvers (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Better Late Than Never Miss Anderson (Character) - 1982
90% 72% Evil Under the Sun Daphne Castle (Character) - 1982
100% 42% The Missionary Lady Isabel Ames (Character) - 1982
68% 70% Clash of the Titans Thetis (Character) - 1981
44% 32% Quartet Lois Heidler (Character) $12K 1981
76% 78% Death on the Nile Miss Bowers (Character) - 1978
54% 45% California Suite Diana Barrie (Character) - 1978
65% 83% Murder by Death Mrs. Dora Charleston (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 57% Millionairess Unknown (Character) - 1972
57% 49% Travels With My Aunt Aunt Augusta (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 61% Love and Pain (and the Whole Damn Thing) Lila Fisher (Character) - 1972
84% 85% The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Jean Brodie (Character) - 1969
79% 72% Oh! What a Lovely War Music Hall Star (Character) - 1969
67% 74% Hot Millions Patty Terwilliger Smith (Character) - 1968
57% 59% The Honey Pot Sarah Watkins (Character) - 1967
82% 65% Othello Desdemona (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 40% Young Cassidy Nora (Character) - 1965
67% 72% The Pumpkin Eater Philpot (Character) - 1964
0% 45% The V.I.P.s Miss Mead (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Go to Blazes Chantal (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 67% Nowhere to Go Bridget Howard (Character) - 1958

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2019
86% 95% Downton Abbey on Masterpiece Violet (Character) 2012-2016 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet David Copperfield Unknown (Character) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet David Copperfield Unknown (Character) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Carol Burnett Show Guest 1974-1975

QUOTES FROM Maggie Smith CHARACTERS

Miss Shepherd says: I'm studying incognito in Paris.

Miss Shepherd says: You're not Saint John are you?

Miss Shepherd says: I'm lady on a van!

Teddy Lloyd says: My Church tells me to go forth and multiply.

Jean Brodie says: I doubt if your Church has the same definition of going forth as you do.

Muriel says: You're nineteen days older than I am.

Evelyn Greenslade says: You're nineteen days older than I am.

Evelyn says: Nineteen days is the life span of a wasp.

Muriel Donnelly says: Nineteen days is the life span of a wasp.

Granny Wendy Darling says: You must make yourself remember.

Peter Banning/Peter Pan says: Remember what?

Granny Wendy Darling says: Peter, don't you know who you are?

Necie says: I wish you could've known your momma back then, you've would loved her.

Sidda Lee Walker says: Necie, me not lovin' momma was never the problem.

Caro says: Her not lovin' you was never the problem either.

Caro says: What I'd give to know then I know now. And to still have those thighs!

Necie says: I'm sure they're still buried in there somewhere.

Jean Ainslie says: Are you insane? Avoid all food not from a reputable vendor. It'll be washed in impure water.

Douglas Ainslie says: It's just a sandwich.

Jean Ainslie says: Oh, marvelous. Then I'll have ham, cheese, and streptococcus. Or perhaps bacteria, lettuce, and tomato.

Douglas Ainslie says: Would you like some of this? I believe it's called aloo ka paratha.

Muriel Donnelly says: No, if I can't pronounce it, I don't want to eat it.

Evelyn Greenslade says: Nothing here has worked out quite as I expected.

Muriel Donnelly says: Most things don't. But sometimes what happens instead is the good stuff.

Teensy says: I can tell if that's a scar or a wrinkle.

Caro says: Yeah, that's a wrinkle, pal. There's some scars behind your ears enough.

Teensy says: Shut up, Caro.

Caro says: Why doesn't somebody go to the bathroom? It always makes the food come.

Caro says: (about Vivi's breakdown) She didn't leave you, Sidda.

Caro says: She didn't leave you, Sidda.

Sidda Lee Walker says: Yeah, well, she was sure as hell gone.

Caro says: She sure as hell was.

Caro says: Get comfortable, baby. I've got a full of tank.

Caro says: The only disease that can survive in our bloodstreams is alcoholism.

Caro says: Listen, kids, we gotta slow down or I'm gonna pop a lung.

Teensy says: We'll leave you alone.

Caro says: But we'll be listenin' from the kitchen, so talk loud!

Sidda Lee Walker says: (about Vivi) I am sick of fightin'! And, I am sick to death of this whole center of the universe, holler than thou, nothin' is ever enough. Oh, how I've suffered, nobody understands me. Somebody fixes me a drink and hands me a Nebutol, worn out Scarlett O'Hara... thing!

Sidda Lee Walker says: I am sick of fightin'! And, I am sick to death of this whole center of the universe, holler than thou, nothin' is ever enough. Oh, how I've suffered, nobody understands me. Somebody fixes me a drink and hands me a Nebutol, worn out Scarlett O'Hara... thing!

Caro says: Well, she's got her pagged, all right.

Reggie Paget says: You're here , I'm here , trapped - We Have to grin and bear

Jean says: What happened to forgive and forget ?

Gunila Garson Goldberg says: As soon as I saw you, I thought, theres something, there's someone..

Jean says: You must understand, I was someone once.

Minerva McGonagall says: What are you doing?

Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody says: Just teaching.

Minerva McGonagall says: Wait. Is that a student?

Madam Pomfrey says: Who is ti that the monster's taken?

Minerva McGonagall says: Ginny Weasley.

Dr. Lucy Cogan says: We have the chair lift, which will be much easier for you.

Jean says: What do I do when I get to the top, ski down?

Dr. Lucy Cogan says: The room has a beautiful suite in what we call the B-room.

Dr. Lucy Cogan says: The room has a beautiful suite in what we call the B-wing.

Jean says: Sounds like a prison.

Jean Horton says: Sounds like a prison.

Jean says: Are you telling me to go home and smell the roses?

Jean says: You must understand, I was someone once.

Lily Wynn says: If you want to play the woman, the part is yours.

Dora Charleston says: That's probably the cook...come in!

Dick Charleston says: Darling, the poor woman is stone deaf.

Dora Charleston says: I'm sorry, I forgot...COME IN!!!

Dora Charleston says: I'm sorry, I forgot...COME IN!

Dick Charleston says: A blind butler?

Dora Charleston says: Don't let him park the car, Dickie.

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: Potter, take Weasley with you. He looks far too happy over there.

Minerva McGonagall says: Five points will be rewarded to each of you... for sheer, dumb luck!

Madge Hardcastle says: There's an Indian in there!

Muriel Donnelly says: There's an Indian in there!

Muriel Donnelly says: I don't even buy green bananas!

Lady Bluebury says: "You just crossed the line...the finish line!"

Lady Bluebury says: You just crossed the line...the finish line!

Professor Horace Slughorn says: (actually Filius Flitwick but there is no choice) You do realize of course, that we can't keep out You-Know-Who indefinitely?

Professor Horace Slughorn says: [actually Filius Flitwick but there is no choice] You do realize of course, that we can't keep out You-Know-Who indefinitely?

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: That doesn't mean we can't delay him. And his name is Voldemort, Filius, so you might as well use it. He's going to try and kill you either way.

Evelyn Greenslade says: If I can't pronounce it, I don't want to eat it.

Muriel Donnelly says: If I can't pronounce it, I don't want to eat it.

Mrs. Medlock says: It's that child, my lord. She's created absolute havoc here. I've tried to control her. She must be sent away. She'll kill Master Colin.

Constance Countess of Trentham says: what was funny?

Constance Countess of Trentham says: What was funny?

Mother Superior says: I guarantee you she is no broad! She is Sister Mary Clarence of St. Katherine's Convent. She's a model of generosity, virtue, and love! You have my word for it, gentlemen, she is a nun!

Charlotte Bartlet says: I shall never forgive myself.

Lucy Honeychurch says: You always say that, Charlotte. And then you always do forgive yourself.

Dora Charleston says: Where's my Dickie? ...Sorry. Where's my husband?

Daphne Castle says: The "Arlena Stewarts" of this world do not count; their domination is of the moment. Really to count, a woman must have either goodness or brains.

Daphne Castle says: The 'Arlena Stewarts' of this world do not count; their domination is of the moment. Really to count, a woman must have either goodness or brains.

Hercule Poirot says: The 'Arlena Stewarts' of this world do not count; their domination is of the moment. Really to count, a woman must have either goodness or brains.

Daphne Castle says: Arlena and I were in the chorus of a show together, not that I could ever compete. Even in those days, she could always throw her legs up in the air higher than any of us... and wider.

Neville Longbottom says: Let me get this straight, Professor. You want us to blow it up? Boom.

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: BOOM!

Neville Longbottom says: Brilliant.

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: Piertotum Locomotor! Hogwarts is threatened! Man the boundaries, protect us, do your duties to our school! I've always wanted to use that spell!

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: Potter, is good to see you.

Harry Potter says: Is good to see you too professor.

Neville Longbottom says: Let me get this straight professor, you're actually giving us permission to do this?!

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: That is correct Longbottom.

Neville Longbottom says: To blow it up!? Boom!?

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: BOOM!

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: Hogwarts is threatened. Man the boundaries, protect us, do your duty to our school!

Argus Filch says: Students out of bed! Students in the corridor!

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: They are supposed to be, you blithering idiot!

Argus Filch says: Oh. Sorry, ma'am.

Minerva McGonagall says: Don't behave like babling, bumbling bunch of baboons.

Minerva McGonagall says: The house of Godric Gryffindor has commanded the respect of the wizarding world for nearly ten centuries. I will not have you, in one night, besmirching that name by behaving like a babbling, bumbling band of baboons!

Neville Longbottom says: Professor, you're actually giving us permission to do this? To blow it up? Boom?

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: Boom!

Neville Longbottom says: Wicked. Um, and how exactly do you propose we do this, Professor?

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: Why don't you confer with Mr. Finnegan? As I recall, he has a particular proclivity for pyrotechnics.

Seamus Finnigan says: I can bring her down.

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: That's the spirit. Off you go.

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: It's good to see you Potter.

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: And Potter... it's good to see you.

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: "His name is Voldemort, Filius. You might as well use it! He's going to try and kill you either way."

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: And his name is Voldemort, so you might as well use it, he's going to try and kill you either way.

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: Boom.

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: BOOM!

Argus Filch says: Students out of bed, Students in the hall

Argus Filch says: Students out of bed! Students out of bed! Students out of bed!

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: They are supposed to be out of bed you blithering idiot!

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: They are supposed to be out of bed you blithering idiot.

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: Why don't you confer with Mr. Finnigan? As I recall, he has a particular proclivity for pyrotechnics.

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: That's the spirit, now away you go.

Seamus Finnigan says: I can bring it down!

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: Hogwarts is threatened! Man the boundaries! Protect us! Do your duty to our school!

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: As I recall, Mr. Finnegan has a particular propensity for pyrotechnics

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: Why don't you confer with Mr. Finnegan? As I recall, he has a particular proclivity for pyrotechnics.

Seamus Finnigan says: I can bring it down

Seamus Finnigan says: I can bring her down.

Neville Longbottom says: Are you really giving us permission to do this?

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: Yes, Longbottom.

Neville Longbottom says: Blow it up? Boom?

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: BOOM!

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: I've always wanted to use that spell.

Professor Minerva McGonagall says: Hogwarts is threatened! Man the boundaries protect us, do your duty to our school!

Minerva McGonagall says: Professor Moody! What are you doing?

Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody says: Teaching.

Minerva McGonagall says: Is that a student!?!

Minerva McGonagall says: Is that a student?!

Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody says: Technically, it's a ferret.

Minerva McGonagall says: One Two Three, Fera Verto.

Minerva McGonagall says: Today we will be turning animals into water goblets.

Minerva McGonagall says: Today we will be turning animals into water goblets.

Minerva McGonagall says: Is that a student?

Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody says: Technically its a ferret.

Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody says: Technically it's a ferret.

Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody says: Technically, it's a ferret.

Mrs. Docherty says: You seem to have forgotten the way she works. When you need her but do not want her, then she must stay. When you want her, but no longer need her, then she has to go. I know from personal experience.