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Maggie Smith

Mostly Credited As: Maggie Smith
Sometimes Credited As: Dame Maggie Smith

Birth Name: Margaret Natalie Smith
Date Of Birth: December 28, 1934 (Age 79)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Ilford, Essex, England
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Maggie Smith


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.
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.

Movie Credits

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.

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TV Appearances

Main cast 
Downton Abbey (2010)As: Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Capturing Mary (2007)As: Mary Gilbert
David Copperfield (1999) (1999)As: Betsey Trotwood
Episode Cast Credits 

Masterpiece (1971) 
  Downton Abbey IV: (Episode 8) 44x11: (Feb/23/2014) As Violet (Dowager Countess of Grantham), [Starring Roles]
  Downton Abbey IV: (Episode 7) 44x10: (Feb/16/2014) As Violet (Dowager Countess of Grantham), [Starring Roles]
  Downton Abbey IV: (Episode 6) 44x09: (Feb/09/2014) As Violet (Dowager Countess of Grantham), [Starring Roles]
  Downton Abbey IV: (Episode 5) 44x07: (Feb/02/2014) As Violet Crawley (Dowager Countess of Grantham), [Starring Roles]

Great Performances (1974) 
  National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage 41x12: (Feb/14/2014) As (Herself) 

The Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995) 
  20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 20x01: (Jan/18/2014) As Winner: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (for 'Downton Abbey') 

Arena (UK) (1975) 
  The National Theatre (Part 1: The Dream) 38x14: (Oct/24/2013) As Herself 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards 70x01: (Jan/13/2013) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television (for 'Downton Abbey') 
  The 36th Annual Golden Globe Awards 36x01: (Jan/27/1979) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical (for 'California Suite') 
  The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards 44x01: (Jan/31/1987) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (for 'A Room with a View') 

The Emmy Awards (1949) 
  The 64th Annual Emmy Awards 64x01: (Sep/23/2012) As Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (for 'Downton Abbey') 
  The 63nd Annual Emmy Awards 63x01: (Sep/18/2011) As Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (for 'Downton Abbey') 
  The 55th Annual Emmy Awards 55x01: (Sep/21/2003) As Winner: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (for 'My House in Umbria') 

Francesco's Italy: Top to Toe (2006) 
  A British Love Affair 01x02: (Jun/18/2006) As Herself 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 74th Annual Academy Awards 50x01: (Mar/24/2002) As Nominee: Best Supporting Actress, [Co-Guest Stars]
  The 51st Annual Academy Awards 27x01: (Apr/09/1979) As Winner: Best Supporting Actress (for 'California Suite') 
  The 50th Annual Academy Awards 26x01: (Apr/03/1978) As Presenter, [Featuring]
  The 43rd Annual Academy Awards 19x01: (Apr/15/1971) As Presenter, [Featuring]

The Carol Burnett Show (1967) (1967) 
  with Maggie Smith 09x09: (Nov/15/1975) As Herself 
  with Maggie Smith 09x06: (Oct/18/1975) As Herself 
  with Maggie Smith and Tim Conway 08x10: (Nov/23/1974) As Herself 

Play of the Month (1965) 
  The Millionairess 08x01: (Sep/25/1972) As Epifania 

Kraft Television Theatre (1947) (1947) 
  Night of the Plague 10x27: (Mar/20/1957) As guest star 
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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