December 28, 1934
86 years old
5 ft 5 in | 165 cm
32-24-34 in | 83-61-86 cm
52 kg | 114 pounds
Maggie Smith was born in Ilford, Essex, England, United Kingdom, on December 28, 1934, is an English actress.
Young Maggie Smith first started performing in a play "Twelfth Night" (1952) in role as Viola, at the age of 17, at the Oxford Playhouse.
She landed her Broadway debut in New Faces of '56, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
She won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her role as Lettice Douffet in a play "Lettice and Lovage" (1990).
She made her big screen debut in British drama film Child in the House (1956) in uncredited role as Party guest.
She got her television debut in live television play BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1955) in episode "The Makepeace Story #3: Family Business".
Her breakthrough performance came as Jean Brodie in British drama film The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969).
A Boy Called Christmas (2021) family in role as Aunt Carlotta, with Michiel Huisman, Kristen Wiig and Sally Hawkins
Downton Abbey (2019) historical drama in role as Violet Crawley, opposite Stephen Campbell Moore, Michael Fox and Lesley Nicol
She won the Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress for her role as Jean Brodie in British drama film The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969).
She won the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Diana Barrie in comedy film California Suite (1978).
She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Augusta Bertram in comedy movie Travels with My Aunt (1972).
She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performances in movies:
Othello (1965) drama in role as Desdemona
A Room with a View (1985) romance in role as Charlotte Bartlett, for which she won the Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress
Gosford Park (2001) satirical black comedy mystery in role as Constance, Countess of Trentham
She won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performances in movies:
A Private Function (1984) comedy in role as Joyce Chilvers
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987) drama in role as Judith Hearne
Tea with Mussolini (1990) war drama in role as Lady Hester Random
She played Minerva McGonagall in seven Harry Potter movies:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)
Hook (1991) fantasy adventure opposite Robin Williams, Julia Roberts and Dustin Hoffman
Murder by Death (1976) comedy mystery with Eileen Brennan, David Niven and Alec Guinness
Evil Under the Sun (1982) mystery drama opposite Peter Ustinov and Colin Blakely
Sister Act (1992) musical comedy with Whoopi Goldberg and Wendy Makkena
Becoming Jane (2007) biographical romantic drama opposite James McAvoy and Anne Hathaway
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) drama comedy with Dev Patel, Judi Dench and Bill Nighy
The First Wives Club (1996) comedy opposite Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler
Keeping Mum (2005) black comedy drama with Tamsin Egerton, Rowan Atkinson and Patrick Swayze
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002) comedy drama opposite Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn and Ashley Judd
Washington Square (1997) romantic drama with Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ben Chaplin and Jennifer Garner
The Pumpkin Eater (1964) drama opposite Anne Bancroft and Peter Finch
The Honey Pot (1967) crime comedy drama with Rex Harrison and Capucine
The Missionary (1982) comedy opposite Phoebe Nicholls and Michael Palin
The V.I.P.S. (1963) drama with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role as Mrs. Emily Delahunty in HBO made-for-television movie My House in Umbria (2003).
She won three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress and one Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham in British historical drama television series Downton Abbey (2010–2015).
She played Betsey Trotwood in two-part BBC television drama David Copperfield (1999).
Attended Oxford High School.
Studied acting at the Oxford Playhouse.
Had older twin brothers.
She was awarded CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1970 and and DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1990.
Good friend with Judi Dench.
She was married to:
Robert Stephens (1967-1975) they have two sons, Chris Larkin and Toby Stephens
Beverley Cross (1975-1998)