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One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her Scottish mother, Margaret (Hutton), worked as a secretary, and her English father, Nathaniel Smith, was a teacher at Oxford University. Smith has been married twice: to actor Robert Stephens and to playwright Beverley Cross. ... See full bio »
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 2010-2015 Downton Abbey (TV Series)
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
- Episode #6.3 (2015) ... Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
- Episode #6.2 (2015) ... Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
 2014 Text Santa 2014 (TV Movie)
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham (segment "Downton Abbey")
 2007 Capturing Mary (TV Movie)
Mary Gilbert
 2006 Keeping Mum: Funnies (Video short)
Grace Hawkins
 1999 David Copperfield (TV Mini-Series)
Betsey Trotwood
 1992 Screen Two (TV Series)
Mrs. Mabel Pettigrew
- Memento Mori (1992) ... Mrs. Mabel Pettigrew
 1990 Romeo.Juliet
Rosaline (voice)
 1988 Talking Heads (TV Mini-Series)
- Bed Among the Lentils (1988) ... Susan
 1984 Lily in Love
Lily Wynn
 1983 All for Love (TV Series)
Mrs. Silly
- Mrs. Silly (1983) ... Mrs. Silly
 1983 Better Late Than Never
Miss Anderson
 1969 Oh! What a Lovely War
Music Hall Star
 1968 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Wislack
- On Approval (1968) ... Mrs. Wislack
 1967 The Honey Pot
Sarah Watkins
 1967 Much Ado About Nothing (TV Movie)
 1957-1966 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Victoria / Jackie Coryton / Lois Ardsley / ...
- Home and Beauty (1966) ... Victoria
- Hay Fever (1960) ... Jackie Coryton
- For Services Rendered (1959) ... Lois Ardsley
- The Big Knife (1958) ... Dixie Evens
- The Curious Savage (1958) ... Fairy
 1964 The Pumpkin Eater
 1962 Go to Blazes
 1958-1960 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Anna Carnot / The Girl / Julie
- The Girl on the Beach (1959) ... The Girl
- The Widower (1958) ... Julie
 1959 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Doto (maid) / Elaine
- Sunday Out of Season (1959) ... Elaine
 1957 Sing for Your Supper (TV Movie)
Ann Carter
 1957 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
 1956 Theatre Royal (TV Series)
Paula Benson
- Death Under the City (1956) ... Paula Benson
 1956 Aggie (TV Series)
Fiona Frobisher-Smith
- Cobalt Blue (1956) ... Fiona Frobisher-Smith
 1956 Child in the House
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She acted in William Wycherley's play, "The Country Wife," in a Chichester Festival Theatre production at the Chichester Festival Theatre in Chichester, Sussex, England with Keith Baxter, Gordon Gostelow, Hugh Paddick, and Patricia Routledge in the cast. Robert Chetwyn was director. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 2 Interviews | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Dame Maggie Smith


5' 5" (1.65 m)

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But there was an incredible nervousness about him. You couldn't do this, couldn't do that. Mustn't ride a bike, you'd be bound to fall off. Couldn't swim, you'd most certainly drown. [on her father] See more »


She was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress of the 1997 season for her performance in "A Delicate Balance" at the Haymarket Theatre. See more »


Has often played grumpy, acid-witted ladies in the second half of her career.

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