Maggie Smith Bibliography

 2018 Sherlock Gnomes (completed)
Lady Bluebury (voice)

 2015 The Lady in the Van
Miss Shepherd

 2015 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Muriel Donnelly

 2014 Text Santa 2014 (TV Movie)
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham

 2014 My Old Lady
Mathilde Girard

 2013 Fifty Years on Stage (TV Movie)
Mrs. Sullen

 2013 Quartet: Deleted Scenes (Video short)
Jean Horton (uncredited)

 2012 Quartet
Jean Horton

 2011 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Muriel Donnelly

 2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Professor Minerva McGonagall

 2011 Gnomeo & Juliet
Lady Bluebury (voice)

 2010 Nanny McPhee Returns
Mrs Docherty

 2009 From Time to Time
Mrs Oldknow

 2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Professor Minerva McGonagall

 2007 Capturing Mary (TV Movie)
Mary Gilbert

 2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Minerva McGonagall

 2007 Becoming Jane
Lady Gresham

 2006 Keeping Mum: Deleted Scenes (Video short)
Grace Hawkins

 2006 Keeping Mum: Funnies (Video short)
Grace Hawkins

 2005 Keeping Mum
Grace Hawkins

 2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Minerva McGonagall

 2004 Ladies in Lavender

 2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Professor Minerva McGonagall

 2003 My House in Umbria (TV Movie)
Mrs. Delahunty

 2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Professor McGonagall (as Dame Maggie Smith)

 2002 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

 2002 Gosford Park: Deleted Scenes (Video short)
Constance Trentham

 2001 Gosford Park
Constance Trentham

 2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Professor McGonagall

 1999 All the King's Men (TV Movie)
Queen Alexandra

 1999 The Last September
Lady Myra

 1999 Tea with Mussolini
Lady Hester Random

 1998 It All Came True
Lily Marlowe

 1997 Washington Square
Aunt Lavinia Penniman

 1996 The First Wives Club
Gunilla Garson Goldberg

 1995 Richard III
Duchess of York

 1993 Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
Mother Superior

 1993 The Secret Garden
Mrs. Medlock

 1992 Sister Act
Mother Superior

 1991 Hook
Granny Wendy

 1990 Romeo.Juliet
Rosaline (voice)

 1987 The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
Judith Hearne

 1985 A Room with a View
Charlotte Bartlett, a Chaperon

 1984 A Private Function
Joyce Chilvers

 1984 Lily in Love
Lily Wynn

 1983 Better Late Than Never
Miss Anderson

 1982 The Missionary
Lady Isabel Ames

 1982 Evil Under the Sun
Daphne Castle

 1981 Clash of the Titans

 1981 Quartet
Lois Heidler

 1978 California Suite
Diana Barrie

 1978 Death on the Nile
Miss Bowers

 1976 Murder by Death
Dora Charleston

 1973 Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing
Lila Fisher

 1972 Travels with My Aunt
Aunt Augusta Bertram

 1969 Oh! What a Lovely War
Music Hall Star

 1969 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Jean Brodie

 1968 Hot Millions
Patty Terwilliger Smith

 1967 The Honey Pot
Sarah Watkins

 1967 Much Ado About Nothing (TV Movie)

 1965 Othello

 1965 Young Cassidy

 1964 The Pumpkin Eater

 1963 The V.I.P.s
Miss Mead

 1962 Go to Blazes

 1958 Nowhere to Go
Bridget Howard

 1957 Sing for Your Supper (TV Movie)
Ann Carter

 1956 Aggie (TV Series)
Fiona Frobisher-Smith

- Cobalt Blue (1956) ... Fiona Frobisher-Smith

 1956 Child in the House
Party guest (uncredited)

Dame Margaret Natalie Smith, CH, DBE (born 28 December 1934) is an English actress. She has had an extensive, varied career on stage, film and television spanning over 66 years. Smith has appeared in over 50 films and is one of Britain's most recognizable actresses. A prominent figure in British culture for six decades, she was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990 for services to the performing arts,[1] and received the Companion of Honour from the Queen in 2014 for services to drama.[2]

Smith began her career on stage as a student performing at the Oxford Playhouse in 1952 and made her professional debut on Broadway in New Faces of '56. For her work on the London stage, she has won a record five Best Actress Evening Standard Awards; for The Private Ear and The Public Eye (both 1962), Hedda Gabler (1970), Virginia (1981), The Way of the World (1984) and Three Tall Women (1994). She received Tony Award nominations for Private Lives (1975) and Night and Day (1979), before winning the 1990 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for Lettice and Lovage. Other stage roles include Stratford Shakespeare Festival productions of Antony and Cleopatra (1976) and Macbeth (1978), and West End productions of A Delicate Balance (1997) and The Breath of Life (2002).

On screen, Smith first drew praise for the crime film Nowhere to Go (1958), for which she received her first BAFTA Award nomination.[3] She has won two Academy Awards, winning Best Actress for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) and Best Supporting Actress for California Suite (1978). She is one of only six actresses to have won in both categories.[4] She has won a record four BAFTA Awards for Best Actress, including for A Private Function (1984) and The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1988), a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress for Tea With Mussolini (1999), and three Golden Globe Awards. A six-time Oscar nominee, her other nominations were for Othello (1965), Travels with My Aunt (1972), A Room with a View (1986), and Gosford Park (2001).

Smith played Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter film series (2001–11). Other notable films include Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing (1973), Death on the Nile (1978), Clash of the Titans (1981), Evil Under the Sun (1982), Hook (1991), Sister Act (1992), The Secret Garden (1993), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) and The Lady in the Van (2015). She won an Emmy Award in 2003 for My House in Umbria, to become one of the few actresses to have achieved the Triple Crown of Acting,[5][6] and starred as Lady Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey (2010–15), for which she won three Emmys, her first non-ensemble Screen Actors Guild Award and her third Golden Globe. Her honorary awards include the BAFTA Special Award in 1993, the BAFTA Fellowship in 1996, and the Special Olivier Award in 2011. She received the Stratford Shakespeare Festival's Legacy Award in 2012,[7] and the Bodley Medal by the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries in 2016.[8]

Early life[edit]

Margaret Natalie Smith was born in Ilford, Essex,[9][10][11][12][13] on 28 December 1934.[14] Her father, Nathaniel Smith (1902–1991), was a public health pathologist from Newcastle upon Tyne who worked at Oxford University; her mother, Margaret Hutton (née Little; 1896–1977), was a Scottish secretary from Glasgow.[9][15][16][17] During her childhood, Smith's parents told her the romantic story of how they had met on the train from Glasgow to London via Newcastle. She moved with her family to Oxford when she was four years old. She has two older twin brothers, Alistair (died 1981) and Ian. The latter went to architecture school. Smith attended Oxford High School until age 16, when she left to study acting at the Oxford Playhouse.[18]


In 1952, aged 17, under the auspices of the Oxford University Dramatic Society, Smith began her career as Viola in Twelfth Night at the Oxford Playhouse. In 1954, she appeared in the television programme Oxford Accents produced by Ned Sherrin.[19] She appeared in her first film in 1956, in an uncredited role in Child in the House,[20] and made her Broadway debut the same year playing several roles in the review New Faces of '56, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre from June to December 1956.[21][22] In 1957, she starred opposite Kenneth Williams in the musical comedy Share My Lettuce, written by Bamber Gascoigne.[23] In 1958, she received the first of her 18 BAFTA Film and TV nominations for her role in the film Nowhere to Go.

In 1962, Smith won the first of a record five Best Actress Evening Standard Awards for her roles in Peter Shaffer's plays The Private Ear and The Public Eye, again opposite Kenneth Williams. She became a fixture at the Royal National Theatre in the 1960s, most notably for playing Desdemona in Othello opposite Laurence Olivier and earning her first Oscar nomination for her performance in the 1965 film version. She appeared opposite Olivier in Ibsen's The Master Builder and played comedic roles in The Recruiting Officer and Much Ado About Nothing. Her other films at this time included Go to Blazes (1962), The V.I.P.s (1963), The Pumpkin Eater (1964), Young Cassidy (1965), Hot Millions (1968) and Oh! What A Lovely War (1969).

Smith won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the title role of the 1969 film The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Vanessa Redgrave had originated the role on stage in London[24] and Zoe Caldwell won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, when she played the role in New York. The role also won Smith her first BAFTA Award. In 1970, she played the title role in Ingmar Bergman's London production of the Ibsen play Hedda Gabler, winning her second Evening Standard award for Best Actress. She received her third Academy Award nomination for the 1972 film Travels with My Aunt. She also appeared in the film Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing (1973). In the mid 1970s, she made several guest appearances on The Carol Burnett Show.

From 1976 to 1980, she appeared in numerous productions at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, to acclaim, her roles included Queen Elizabeth in Richard III, Cleopatra, Lady Macbeth, Virginia Woolf in Virginia, and opposite Brian Bedford in the Noël Coward comedy Private Lives. Also during this time, she starred on Broadway in Private Lives in 1975 and Night and Day in 1979, receiving Tony Award nominations for both. Smith received the 1978 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Diana Barrie in California Suite. For this role, she also won her first Golden Globe Award. Afterward, upon hearing that Michael Palin was about to embark on the film The Missionary (1982) with Smith, her co-star Michael Caine is supposed to have humorously telephoned Palin, warning him that she would steal the film. Her other films at this time include Murder by Death (1976) and Death on the Nile (1978).

In 1981, Smith played the goddess Thetis in Clash of the Titans. For her role on television as Mrs Silly, she received the first of her four Best Actress BAFTA TV Award nominations. On stage, she won her third and fourth Evening Standard awards for Best actress, for Virginia in 1981 and The Way of the World in 1984. She won three more Best Actress BAFTA Awards for her roles as Joyce Chilvers in the 1984 black comedyA Private Function, Charlotte Bartlett in the 1986 Merchant Ivory production of A Room with a View and the title role in the 1987 film The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne. For A Room With a View, she also received her fifth Academy Award nomination and won her second Golden Globe Award. In 1987, she starred in A Bed Among the Lentils, part of Alan Bennett's Talking Heads series, receiving a second BAFTA TV nomination. She starred in the 1987 London production of Lettice and Lovage alongside Margaret Tyzack, receiving an Olivier Award nomination and reprised the role in 1990, when it transferred to Broadway and won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. The play was written specifically for her by the playwright Peter Shaffer.

In the 1990s, Smith appeared as Wendy Darling in the 1991 hit movie Hook, and also appeared in the hit comedy films Sister Act in 1992 and The First Wives Club in 1996. She also received a third BAFTA TV nomination for the 1992 TV film Memento Mori and her first Emmy nomination for her role in the 1993 TV film Suddenly, Last Summer. She won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress for the 1999 film Tea with Mussolini, in which she played Lady Hester. She also appeared in the films Hook (1991), The Secret Garden (1993), Richard III (1995) and Washington Square (1997). Her 1990s stage roles included Three Tall Women in 1994, which won her a fifth Evening Standard award, Claire in A Delicate Balance opposite Eileen Atkins in 1997 and The Lady in the Van in 1999.

Due to the international success of the Harry Potter movies, she is now widely known for playing Professor Minerva McGonagall, opposite Daniel Radcliffe in the title role. She has appeared in seven of the eight films in the series from 2001 to 2011. She and Radcliffe had worked together previously in the 1999 BBC television adaptation of David Copperfield, in which she played Betsey Trotwood and received a BAFTA TV Award nomination. She received her sixth Academy Award nomination for the 2001 film Gosford Park, directed by Robert Altman and won her first Emmy Award for the 2003 TV film My House in Umbria. On stage, she starred as Madeleine Palmer opposite Judi Dench in the David Hare play The Breath of Life in 2002, toured Australia in Alan Bennett's Talking Heads in 2004 and starred in The Lady from Dubuque in 2007.

Since 2010, she has appeared as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, in the British period drama Downton Abbey. This role has won her a Golden Globe Award and two Emmy Awards.[25][26][27] In 2014, the role also won her a Screen Actors Guild Award.[28] In 2012, she played Muriel in the British comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and starred as Jean Horton in Quartet, based on Ronald Harwood's play, directed by actor Dustin Hoffman.

In a March 2015 interview with Joe Utichi in The Sunday Times, Smith announced that the sixth season of Downton Abbey would be her last (it was in fact the last to be produced).[29] On 30 October 2015, Smith appeared on BBC's The Graham Norton Show, her first appearance on a chat show in 42 years. During the show, Smith discussed her appearance in the comedy-drama film The Lady in the Van, which was directed by Nicholas Hytner.[30][31]

Personal life[edit]


Smith married actor Robert Stephens on 29 June 1967 at Greenwich Register Office, ten days after the birth of their first child. They had two sons, actors Chris Larkin (born 1967) and Toby Stephens (born 1969),[17] and were divorced on 6 May 1974.[17] Smith married playwright Beverley Cross on 23 August 1975 at the Guildford Register Office,[32] and they were married until his death on 20 March 1998. When asked in 2013 if she was lonely, she replied that "it seems a bit pointless, going on on one's own and not having someone to share it with".[33] Smith has five grandchildren.[34][35][36]


In January 1988, Smith was diagnosed with Graves' disease, for which she underwent radiotherapy and optical surgery.[37]

In 2007, the Sunday Telegraph disclosed that Smith had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She was subsequently reported to have made a full recovery.[38]

Charity work[edit]

In September 2011, Smith offered her support for raising the $4.6 million needed to help rebuild the Court Theatre in Christchurch, New Zealand, after the earthquake in 2011 which caused severe damage to the area.[39] In July 2012, she became a patron of the International Glaucoma Association, hoping to support the organization and raise the profile of glaucoma.[40] On 27 November 2012, she contributed a drawing of her own hand to the 2012 Celebrity Paw Auction, to raise funds for Cats Protection.[41]

Awards and honours[edit]

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Maggie Smith

Smith was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1970 New Year Honours,[42][43] and was raised to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 1990 New Year Honours, for services to the performing arts.[43][44] Smith was made a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) for services to drama in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours,[45][46] becoming the third actress to receive the honour, after Sybil Thorndike (1970) and Judi Dench (2005).

In 1971, Smith was conferred an honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) by University of St Andrews.[47] In 1986, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) from the University of Bath.[48] In 1995, Smith received an honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) from the University of Cambridge. In October 2017, Smith was conferred with an Honorary Fellowship of Mansfield College, Oxford.[49]

She was awarded the Shakespeare Prize by the Hamburg Alfred Toepfer Foundation in 1991.[50] Smith was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of her outstanding contribution to film culture in 1992.[51] She was elected to the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1994. On 10 April 1999 Smith received the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre (The Will Award) presented by the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. in recognition of her significant contribution to classical theatre in the US.[52] On 9 February 2014 she was inducted into the Actors Hall of Fame.[53] Smith had a star on the London Avenue of Stars until all of the stars were removed in 2006.[54]

In 1993, she was awarded with the BAFTA Special Award by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. In 1996, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts presented her with the BAFTA Fellowship, the highest honour the Academy can bestow.[55] At the 2010 Laurence Olivier Awards, she was celebrated with the Society of London Theatre Special Award. In 2013, she was awarded with the Evening Standard Icon Award.[56]

On 10 September 2012 she was honoured with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s Legacy Award. She accepted the award, presented to her by Christopher Plummer, in a ceremony at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.[7] In March 2016, Smith was awarded the Critics' Circle Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts.[57] In April 2016, she was awarded the Bodley Medal by the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the performing arts.[8]



1956Child in the HouseParty Guest
1958Nowhere to GoBridget Howard
1962Go to BlazesChantal
1963V.I.P.s, TheThe V.I.P.sMiss Mead
1964Pumpkin Eater, TheThe Pumpkin EaterPhilpot
1965Young CassidyNora
1967Honey Pot, TheThe Honey PotSarah Watkins
1968Hot MillionsPatty Terwilliger Smith
1969Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, TheThe Prime of Miss Jean BrodieJean Brodie
Oh! What a Lovely WarMusic Hall Star
1972Travels with My AuntAunt Augusta Bertram
1973Love and Pain and the Whole Damn ThingLila Fisher
1976Murder by DeathDora Charleston
1978Death on the NileMiss Bowers
California SuiteDiana Barrie
1981QuartetLois Heidler
Clash of the TitansThetis
1982Evil Under the SunDaphne Castle
Missionary, TheThe MissionaryLady Isabel Ames
1983Better Late Than NeverMiss Anderson
1984Lily in LoveLily Wynn
Private Function, AA Private FunctionJoyce Chilvers
1985Room with a View, AA Room with a ViewCharlotte Bartlett
1987Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, TheThe Lonely Passion of Judith HearneJudith Hearne
1991HookWendy Darling
1992Sister ActMother Superior
1993Secret Garden, TheThe Secret GardenMrs. Medlock
Sister Act 2: Back in the HabitMother Superior
1995Richard IIICecily Neville
1996First Wives Club, TheThe First Wives ClubGunilla Garson Goldberg
1997Washington SquareAunt Lavinia Penniman
1999Curtain CallLily Marlowe
Tea with MussoliniLady Hester Random
The Last SeptemberLady Myra Naylor
2001Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneMinerva McGonagall
Gosford ParkConstance Trentham
2002Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya SisterhoodCaro Eliza Bennett
Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsMinerva McGonagall
2004Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Ladies in LavenderJanet Widdington
2005Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireMinerva McGonagall
Keeping MumGrace Hawkins
2007Becoming JaneLady Gresham
Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixMinerva McGonagall
2009Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
From Time to TimeLinnet Oldknow
2010Nanny McPhee and the Big BangAgatha Docherty
2011Gnomeo & JulietLady BlueburyVoice
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2Minerva McGonagall
2012The Best Exotic Marigold HotelMuriel Donnelly
QuartetJean Horton
2014My Old LadyMathilde Girard
2015The Second Best Exotic Marigold HotelMuriel Donnelly
The Lady in the VanMiss Shepherd
2018Sherlock GnomesLady BlueburyVoice; post-production



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  2. ^"No. 60895". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 2014. p. b5. 
  3. ^"Film in 1959". Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  4. ^"Academy Awards Best Actress". Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  5. ^"What do Al Pacino and Maggie Smith have in common?". Los Angeles Times. 9 July 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  6. ^Croggon, Alison (10 June 2009). "Jewel in the triple crown". Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  7. ^ abOuzounian, Richard (10 September 2012). "Maggie Smith receives Stratford festival's Legacy Award". Toronto Star. 
  8. ^ ab"Dame Maggie Smith open Bodleians Libraries' Shakespeare's Dead exhibition". 29 April 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  9. ^ abMackenzie, Suzie (20 November 2004). "You have to laugh". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 10 December 2007. 
  10. ^"Person Details for Margaret N. Smith, "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008"". 
  11. ^Romford ceased to be part of the County of Essex in 1965, when it was incorporated into the County of Greater London
  12. ^Enfield, Laura (18 November 2015). "Ilford born Maggie Smith talks about starring in The Lady in the Van". The Tottenham Independent. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  13. ^Ilford was, prior to 1965, part of the County of Essex, but now is part of the County of Greater London
  14. ^"Orders and decorations conferred by the crown". Debrett's. Archived from the original on 29 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  15. ^"Maggie Smith profile". Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  16. ^"Maggie Smith profile". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  17. ^ abc"Maggie Smith biography". Archived from the original on 5 November 2001. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  18. ^"Maggie Smith biography and filmography". Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  19. ^Coveney, Michael (3 October 2007). "Obituary: Ned Sherrin". The Guardian. 
  20. ^The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance. Oxford University Press. 2012. ISBN 978-0-19172-781-8. 
  21. ^Maggie Smith acceptance speech at the 44th Tony Awards telecast in 1990.
  22. ^"Maggie Smith". IBDb. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  23. ^"Share My Lettuce". The Guide to Musical Theatre. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  24. ^Anthony, Andrew (21 February 2010). "Vanessa Redgrave: A performer of passion, conviction and tragedy". The Observer. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  25. ^"Maggie Smith". Golden Globe Awards. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  26. ^"Maggie Smith Emmy Award Winner". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  27. ^"Maggie Smith Steals Supporting Actress Statue At Golden Globes!". 13 January 2013. 
  28. ^"Dame Maggie Smith Receives Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance in a Drama Series". 18 January 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  29. ^Utichi, Joe (3 March 2015). "Maggie Smith: Sorry, dear, but a dowager countess does not do selfies". The Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  30. ^"The Graham Norton Show, Series 18, Episode 6". BBC One

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