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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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 44 wins & 95 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Gosford Park
Gosford Park Constance Trentham
(2001)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
(2011)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
(1969)
A Room with a View
A Room with a View Charlotte Bartlett, a Chaperon
(1985)

Filmography

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 2018 Sherlock Gnomes (filming)
Lady Bluebury (voice)
 2010-2015 Downton Abbey (TV Series)
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
- Christmas Special (2015) ... Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
- Episode #6.8 (2015) ... Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
- Episode #6.7 (2015) ... Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
- Episode #6.6 (2015) ... Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
- Episode #6.5 (2015) ... Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
 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
Janet
 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 Gosford Park: Deleted Scenes (Video short)
Constance Trentham
 2001 Gosford Park
Constance Trentham
 2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Professor McGonagall
 1999 David Copperfield (TV Mini-Series)
Betsey Trotwood
- Episode #1.2 (1999) ... Betsey Trotwood
- Episode #1.1 (1999) ... Betsey Trotwood
 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
 1993 Great Performances (TV Series)
Violet Venable
- Suddenly, Last Summer (1993) ... Violet Venable
 1992 Sister Act
Mother Superior
 1992 Screen Two (TV Series)
Mrs. Mabel Pettigrew
- Memento Mori (1992) ... Mrs. Mabel Pettigrew
 1991 Hook
Granny Wendy
 1990 Romeo.Juliet
Rosaline (voice)
 1988 Talking Heads (TV Mini-Series)
Susan
- Bed Among the Lentils (1988) ... Susan
 1985 A Room with a View
Charlotte Bartlett, a Chaperon
 1984 A Private Function
Joyce Chilvers
 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
 1982 The Missionary
Lady Isabel Ames
 1982 Evil Under the Sun
Daphne Castle
 1981 Clash of the Titans
Thetis
 1981 Quartet
Lois Heidler
 1978 California Suite
Diana Barrie
 1978 Death on the Nile
Miss Bowers
 1976 Murder by Death
Dora Charleston
 1972 Travels with My Aunt
Aunt Augusta Bertram
 1968-1972 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Epifania / Portia / Ann Whitefield
- The Millionairess (1972) ... Epifania
- The Merchant of Venice (1972) ... Portia
- Man and Superman (1968) ... Ann Whitefield
 1969 Oh! What a Lovely War
Music Hall Star
 1969 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Jean Brodie
 1968 Hot Millions
Patty Terwilliger Smith
 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)
Beatrice
 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
 1965 Othello
Desdemona
 1965 Young Cassidy
Nora
 1964 The Pumpkin Eater
Philpot
 1963 The V.I.P.s
Miss Mead
 1962 Go to Blazes
Chantal
 1958-1960 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Anna Carnot / The Girl / Julie
- Guardian Angel (1960) ... Anna Carnot
- The Girl on the Beach (1959) ... The Girl
- The Widower (1958) ... Julie
 1959 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Doto (maid) / Elaine
- A Phoenix Too Frequent (1959) ... Doto (maid)
- Sunday Out of Season (1959) ... Elaine
 1958 Nowhere to Go
Bridget Howard
 1957 Sing for Your Supper (TV Movie)
Ann Carter
 1957 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
 1956 Lilli Palmer Theatre (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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Personal Details

Other Works:

: Plays "Madeleine Palmer" in "The Breath of Life", a play by David Hare (Theater Royal, Haymarket, London, England, UK). See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 2 Interviews | 9 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 7 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Dame Maggie Smith

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

It's true I don't tolerate fools, but then they don't tolerate me, so I am spiky. Maybe that's why I'm quite good at playing spiky elderly ladies. See more »

Trivia:

Portrayed by Ian McKellen on "Saturday Night Live (1975)". See more »

Trademark:

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

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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