Mostly Credited As: Maggie Smith
Sometimes Credited As: Dame Maggie Smith
Birth Name: Margaret Natalie Smith
Date Of Birth: December 28, 1934 (Age 81)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Ilford, Essex, England
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
Dame Maggie was born Margaret Nathalie Smith on December 28th, 1934, in Ilford, making her perhaps the world's most famous and most respected Essex Girl. Maggie's mother, Margaret Hutton Little, was Scottish, her father Nathaniel Smith was a native of Newcastle, which is why some have said has been the root cause of Maggie's ability to successfully play some of the most realistic Northern characters. She also has two older brothers, twins Ian and Alistair.Movie Credits
Despite being from an academically inclined family, it wasn't Maggie's calling. At the age of 16, she left to join the Oxford Playhouse School where she received an all around eduction in theatre. Later making her first noted stage debut in the play Twelfth Night in 1952. Over the course of the next few years, Maggie made a name for herself throughout England as a solid actress which eventually lead her to sign up as a charter member of Laurence Olivier's new Royal National Theatre Company in 1963, where she began taking lead roles in such major productions as Othello and Ibsen's The Master Builder.
Throughout the following years, Maggie appeared in many television and motion picture productions besides still appearing onstage - some of her roles garnered her much critical acclaim as well as several award nominations and wins.
Maggie still resides in the UK and is currently best known for her role as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the highly popular Harry Potter film series.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) - Professor Minerva McGonagall
Keeping Mum (2005) - Grace Hawkins
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) - Minerva McGonagall
Ladies in Lavender. (2004) - Janet Widdington
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) - Professor Minerva McGonagall
My House in Umbria (2003) - Mrs. Emily Delahunty
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) - Professor Minerva McGonagall
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002) - Caro Eliza Bennett
Gosford Park (2001) - Constance Trentham
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) - Professor Minerva McGonagall
Curtain Call (1999) - Lily Marlowe
Tea with Mussolini (1999) - Lady Hester Random
Richard III (1995) - Duchess of York
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993) - Mother Superior
The Secret Garden (1993) - Mrs. Medlock
Sister Act (1992) - Mother Superior
Hook (1991) - Granny Wendy/Middle-Aged Wendy
... and many more.
Trivia Maggie's biography was written and released by theatre critic, Michael Coveney, in 1992.
Maggie's son, Toby, married actress, Anna Louise Plowman in 2001.
Maggie received a Tony for the play, Lettice and Lovage, in 1990.
Maggie participiated in the Canadian Stratford Festival seasons from 1976-1980.
Maggie married Beverly Cross in 1975, they were together until his death in 1998.
Maggie left the National Theatre Company in 1971.
Maggie's son, Toby, was born on April 21, 1969.
In the late 60's Maggie received her first Oscar for the film, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
Maggie's son, Chris, was born on June 19, 1967.
In 1967, Maggie married fellow actor, Robert Stephens. They divorced in the early 70's.
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