Maggie Smith

Highest Rated: 100% A Room With a View (1985)
Lowest Rated: 0% The V.I.P.s (1963)
Birthday: Dec 28, 1934
Birthplace: Ilford, Essex, England, UK
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.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Downton Abbey Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham 2019
50% Quartet Lois Heidler 2019
27% Sherlock Gnomes Actor 2018
No Score Yet Rod Taylor: Pulling No Punches Actor 2018
89% The Lady In The Van Miss Shepherd 2015
64% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Muriel Donnelly $39M 2015
61% My Old Lady Mathilde Girard 2014
80% Quartet Jean Horton $18.1M 2013
79% The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Muriel Donnelly $46.4M 2012
No Score Yet National Theater Live: The Magistrate Actor 2012
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Professor Minerva McGonagall $381.1M 2011
56% Gnomeo and Juliet Lady Bluebury $99.9M 2011
76% Nanny McPhee Returns Mrs. Docherty $29M 2010
84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Professor Minerva McGonagall $302M 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 $18.7M 2007
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Minerva McGonagall $292M 2007
56% Keeping Mum Grace Hawkins $1.5M 2006
88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Minerva McGonagall $290M 2005
64% Ladies in Lavender Janet $6.5M 2005
90% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Minerva McGonagall $249.4M 2004
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Prof. McGonagal $261.9M 2002
44% Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Caro $69.6M 2002
50% My House in Umbria Emily Delahunty 2002
86% Gosford Park Constance, Countess of Trentham $41.3M 2001
81% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Prof. Minerva McGonagall $317.6M 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
66% Tea with Mussolini Hester 1999
No Score Yet David Copperfield Aunt Betsey Trotwood 1999
81% Washington Square Aunt Lavinia Penniman 1997
49% 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
88% The Secret Garden Mrs. Medlock 1993
No Score Yet Suddenly, Last Summer Violet Venable 1993
72% Sister Act Mother Superior $139.7M 1992
26% 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
88% A Private Function Joyce Chilvers 1985
No Score Yet Mrs. Silly Actor 1985
No Score Yet Better Late Than Never Anderson 1983
100% The Missionary Lady Isabel Ames 1982
86% Evil Under the Sun Daphne Castle 1982
68% Clash of the Titans Thetis 1981
57% California Suite Diana Barrie 1978
82% 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
50% Travels With My Aunt Aunt Augusta Bertram 1972
No Score Yet The Merchant of Venice Portia 1972
No Score Yet Millionairess Epifania 1972
85% Oh! What A Lovely War Music Hall Star 1969
88% The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Jean Brodie 1969
60% Hot Millions Patty Terwilliger Smith 1968
50% The Honey Pot Sarah Watkins 1967
80% Othello Desdemona 1965
67% The Pumpkin Eater Philpot 1964
0% The V.I.P.s Miss Mead 1963
No Score Yet Nowhere to Go Bridget Howard 1958


86% Downton Abbey
Violet Crawley Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
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No Score Yet Downton Abbey
Violet Crawley Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
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No Score Yet Sunday Morning
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No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
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No Score Yet Great Performances
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No Score Yet Masterpiece
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
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No Score Yet 60 Minutes
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No Score Yet Talking Heads