Maggie Smith Biography

Birthday: 1934-12-28
Place of Birth: Ilford, Essex
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
Wiki Biography: One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her father was a teacher at Oxford University and her mother worked as a secretary. Smith has been married twice: to actor Robert Stephens and to playwright Beverley Cross. Her marriage to Stephens ended in divorce in 1974. She was married to Cross until his death in 1999. She had two sons with Stephens, Chris Larkin and Toby Stephens who are also actors. Maggie Smith's career began at the Oxford Playhouse in the 1950s. She made her film debut in 1956 as one of the party guests in Child in the House (1956). She has since performed in over sixty films and television series with some of the most prominent actors and actresses in the world. These include: Othello (1965) with Laurence Olivier, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), California Suite (1978) with Michael Caine and Jane Fonda, A Room with a View (1985), Richard III (1995) with Ian McKellen and Jim Broadbent, Franco Zeffirelli's Tea with Mussolini (1999) with Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Cher and Gosford Park (2001) with Kristin Scott Thomas and Clive Owen, directed by Robert Altman. Maggie Smith has also been nominated for an Oscar six times and won twice, for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) and California Suite (1978). Most recently, Smith has appeared in the very successful 'Harry Potter' franchise as the formidable Professor McGonagall. Smith is a breast cancer survivor. Her most recent role has been in Julian Fellowes' ITV drama series, "Downton Abbey" (2010) (2010-2011) as the Dowager Countess of Grantham.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie Jean Brodie 1969 Comedy
Washington Square Aunt Lavinia Penniman 1997 Drama
Keeping Mum 'Grace Hawkins' 2005 Comedy
Downton Abbey Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham 2012 Drama
Dave Allen: God's Own Comedian Herself - Family Friend 2013
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne 0000
The Secret Garden Mrs. Medlock 1949 0
Go to Blazes 1962
The Pumpkin Eater 1964
The Honey Pot 1967 Comedy, Crime
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Jean Brodie 1969 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Travels with My Aunt Aunt Augusta Bertram 1972
Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing 1973
Murder by Death Dora Charleston 1976 Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
Death on the Nile Miss Bowers 1978 Crime, Drama, Mystery
California Suite Diana Barrie 1978 Comedy, Romance
Evil Under the Sun Daphne Castle 1982 0, Game Show
The Missionary 1982 Comedy
A Private Function 1985 Comedy
Lily in Love 1985 Comedy
Hook Granny Wendy 1991 0, 0, 0, 0
Sister Act Mother Superior 1992 0
Romeo.Juliet Rosaline 1992
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Mother Superior 1993 Comedy, Music
Richard III Duchess of York 1995 Romance
The First Wives Club Gunilla Garson Goldberg 1996 Comedy
Washington Square Aunt Lavinia Penniman 1997 Drama, Romance
It All Came True Lily Marlowe 1998 Fantasy, Comedy, Romance
Tea With Mussolini Lady Hester Random 1999 Drama, Comedy
David Copperfield Betsey Trotwood 2000 Drama
The Last September 2000 Drama, History, Romance
Gosford Park Constance Trentham 2002 Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Caro Eliza Bennett 2002 Drama
My House in Umbria 2003 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Ladies in Lavender 2004 Drama, Music, Mystery
Keeping Mum 'Grace Hawkins' 2005 Comedy, Crime
A Room with a View Charlotte Bartlett, a chaperon 2007 0
Becoming Jane Lady Gresham 2007 Drama, Romance
Gnomeo and Juliet Lady Bluebury 2008
Nanny McPhee Returns Mrs. Docherty 2010
From Time to Time Mrs. Oldknow 2010 Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Gnomeo & Juliet Lady Bluebury 2011 Drama, 0
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Muriel Donnelly 2011 0, 0
Quartet 2012 0, 0
Quartet Jean Horton 2013 Comedy, Drama
Eternal Torture Michelle 2013 Drama
I Carry the Gift Josette 2014 Drama
My Old Lady Mathilde Giffard 2014 Comedy, Drama
Pulling No Punches: Rod Taylor Herself 2015 Biography
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 Muriel Donnelly 2015 Comedy, Drama
The Lady in the Van Miss Shepherd 2015 Biography, Drama