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Maggie Smith



Breathes there a theatergoer or film fan on Earth who has not, at one time or another, fallen in love with the sublimely brilliant British comedic actress Dame Maggie Smith? The daughter of an Oxford University pathologist, Smith received her earliest acting training at the Oxford Playhouse School. In 1952, she made her professional stage bow as Viola in Twelfth Night. Four years later she was on Broadway, performing comedy routines in Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1956; that same year, she made her first, extremely brief screen appearance in Child in the House (she usually refers to 1959's Nowhere to Go as her screen debut).

In 1959, Smith joined the Old Vic, and in 1962 won the first of several performing honors, the London Evening Standard Award, for her work in the West End production The Private Ear/The Public Eye. Her subsequent theatrical prizes include the 1963 and 1972 Variety Club awards for Mary Mary and Private Lives, respectively, and the 1990 Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway play Lettice and Lovage. In addition, Smith has won Oscars for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) and California Suite (1978), and British Film Academy awards for A Private Function (1985), A Room With a View (1986), and The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987).

These accolades notwithstanding, Smith has had no qualms about accepting such "lightweight" roles as lady sleuth Dora Charleston (a delicious Myrna Loy takeoff) in Murder By Death (1976), the aging Wendy in Steven Spielberg's Peter Pan derivation Hook (1991), and the Mother Superior in Whoopi Goldberg's Sister Act films of the early '90s. During the same decade, she also took more serious roles in Richard III (1995), Washington Square (1997), and Tea With Mussolini (1999). On a lighter note, her role in director Robert Altman's Gosford Park earned Smith her sixth Oscar nomination.



She earned a whole new generation of fans during the first decade of the next century when she was cast as Professor McGonagall in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, a part she would return to for each of the film's phenomenally successful sequels. She worked in other films as well including Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Becoming Jane, and Nanny McPhee Returns. In 2010 she earned rave reviews for her work in the television series Downton Abbey.



Made a Dame Commander in 1989, Smith was elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1994. Previously married to the late actor Sir Robert Stephens, she is the wife of screenwriter Beverly Cross and the mother of actors Toby Stephens and Chris Larkin.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
91% The Lady In The Van
  • Miss Shepherd
2015
63% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Muriel Donnelly
2015
59% My Old Lady
  • Mathilde Girard
2014
79% Quartet
  • Jean Horton
2013
78% The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Muriel Donnelly
2012
No Score Yet National Theater Live: The Magistrate
  • Actor
2012
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
  • Professor Minerva McGonagall
2011
55% Gnomeo and Juliet
  • Lady Bluebury
2011
75% Nanny McPhee Returns
  • Mrs. Docherty
2010
84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Professor Minerva McGonagall
2009
43% From Time to Time
  • Mrs. Oldknow
2009
No Score Yet Maggie Smith At The Bbc
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Capturing Mary
  • Mary Gilbert
2007
58% Becoming Jane
  • Lady Gresham
2007
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Minerva McGonagall
2007
56% Keeping Mum
  • Grace Hawkins
2006
88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Minerva McGonagall
2005
63% Ladies in Lavender
  • Janet
2005
91% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Minerva McGonagall
2004
No Score Yet Charles Dickens
  • Actor
2003
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Prof. McGonagal
2002
44% Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
  • Caro
2002
No Score Yet My House in Umbria
  • Emily Delahunty
2002
86% Gosford Park
  • Constance, Countess of Trentham
2001
80% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Prof. Minerva McGonagall
2001
No Score Yet Time After Time
  • Actor
2001
42% The Last September
  • Lady Myra
2000
No Score Yet All the King's Men
  • Queen Alexandra
2000
No Score Yet Curtain Call
  • Lily Marlowe
2000
65% Tea with Mussolini
  • Hester
1999
No Score Yet David Copperfield
  • Aunt Betsey Trotwood
1999
40% Travels With My Aunt
  • Aunt Augusta Bertram
1999
82% Washington Square
  • Aunt Lavinia Penniman
1997
39% The First Wives Club
  • Gunilla Garson Goldberg
1996
94% Richard III
  • Duchess of York
1995
7% Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
  • Mother Superior
1993
85% The Secret Garden
  • Mrs. Medlock
1993
No Score Yet Suddenly, Last Summer
  • Violet Venable
1993
71% Sister Act
  • Mother Superior
1992
30% Hook
  • Granny Wendy
1991
No Score Yet Charles Dickens' Ghost Stories
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
  • Judith Hearne
1988
100% A Room With a View
  • Charlotte
1985
No Score Yet Lily in Love
  • Lily Wynn
1985
100% A Private Function
  • Joyce Chilvers
1985
No Score Yet Mrs. Silly
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Better Late Than Never
  • Anderson
1983
No Score Yet The Missionary
  • Lady Isabel Ames
1982
83% Evil Under the Sun
  • Daphne Castle
1982
No Score Yet Quartet
  • Lois Heidler
1981
66% Clash of the Titans
  • Thetis
1981
55% California Suite
  • Diana Barrie
1978
80% Death on the Nile
  • Miss Bowers
1978
65% Murder by Death
  • Dora Charleston
1976
No Score Yet Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing
  • LIla Fisher
1973
No Score Yet The Merchant of Venice
  • Portia
1972
No Score Yet Millionairess
  • Epifania
1972
75% Oh! What A Lovely War
  • Music Hall Star
1969
88% The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
  • Jean Brodie
1969
No Score Yet Hot Millions
  • Patty Terwilliger Smith
1968
No Score Yet The Honey Pot
  • Sarah Watkins
1967
80% Othello
  • Desdemona
1965
64% The Pumpkin Eater
  • Philpot
1964
No Score Yet The V.I.P.s
  • Miss Mead
1963
No Score Yet Nowhere to Go
  • Bridget Howard
1958

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Downton Abbey
2010
  • Violet Crawley Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Actor
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Betsey Trotwood Aunt Betsey Mrs. Mabel Pettigrew Queen Alexandra Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham Dowager Countess of Grantham, Violet Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
86% Downton Abbey
2011-2016
  • Violet Crawley Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
2008
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Guest

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