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Birth information

28 December 1934 Ilford, Essex, England, UK

Given Name

Margaret Natalie Smith

How tall is Maggie Smith?

1.65 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Beverley Cross
Robert Stephens

Life Story of Maggie Smith

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. 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 Tee mit Mussolini (1999) with Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Cher and Gosford Park (2001) with Kristin Scott...

Significant features of Maggie Smith

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

Publications and Magazines about Maggie Smith

Michael Coveney Maggie Smith: A Bright Particular Star. 1992
Michael Coveney Maggie Smith: A Biography. 2016
Caroline FEVRIER Maggie Smith: A View from the Stalls. 2018

What movies did Maggie Smith play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Downton Abbey (2019) Violet Crawley, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (2018) Professor Minerva McGonagall, Sherlock Gnomes (2018) Lady Bluebury, Downton Abbey (2015) Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, The Lady in the Van (2015) Miss Shepherd, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) Muriel Donnelly, My Old Lady (2014) Mathilde Girard, Quartet: Deleted Scenes (2013) Jean Horton, Quartet (2012) Jean Horton, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) Muriel Donnelly, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) Professor Minerva McGonagall, Gnomeo &...

Birth information

28 December 1934 Ilford, Essex, England, UK

Given Name

Margaret Natalie Smith

How tall is Maggie Smith?

1.65 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Beverley Cross
Robert Stephens

Life Story of Maggie Smith

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. 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 Tee mit Mussolini (1999) with Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Cher and Gosford Park (2001) with Kristin Scott...

Significant features of Maggie Smith

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

Publications and Magazines about Maggie Smith

Michael Coveney Maggie Smith: A Bright Particular Star. 1992
Michael Coveney Maggie Smith: A Biography. 2016
Caroline FEVRIER Maggie Smith: A View from the Stalls. 2018

What movies did Maggie Smith play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Downton Abbey (2019) Violet Crawley, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (2018) Professor Minerva McGonagall, Sherlock Gnomes (2018) Lady Bluebury, Downton Abbey (2015) Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, The Lady in the Van (2015) Miss Shepherd, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) Muriel Donnelly, My Old Lady (2014) Mathilde Girard, Quartet: Deleted Scenes (2013) Jean Horton, Quartet (2012) Jean Horton, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) Muriel Donnelly, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) Professor Minerva McGonagall, Gnomeo &...

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Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey (2019)

Director Agnieszka Holland admired Maggie Smith for years before making The Secret Garden (1993). She knew of Smith's talents and immediately offered her the role of Mrs. Medlock.

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Emma Thompson and Maggie Smith in Eine zauberhafte Nanny - Knall auf Fall in ein neues Abe

She ranked tenth in the 2001 Orange Film Survey of greatest British film actresses.

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Maggie Smith in Eine zauberhafte Nanny - Knall auf Fall in ein neues Abenteuer (2010)

Mother-in-law of actress Anna-Louise Plowman.

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Maggie Smith in Eine zauberhafte Nanny - Knall auf Fall in ein neues Abenteuer (2010)

She was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2000 (1999 season) for Best Actress for her performance in "The Lady in the Van" at the Queen's Theatre.

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Richard Harris and Maggie Smith in Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen (2001)

She was awarded the 1981 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?".

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Maggie Smith and Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen (2001)

She was awarded the 1994 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in "Three Tall Women".

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Maggie Smith and Kelly Macdonald in Gosford Park (2001)

Portrayed by Ian McKellen on Saturday Night Live (1975).

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Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, and Frank Finlay in Othello (1965)

In 2003, she became the seventeenth performer to win the Triple Crown of acting. Oscars: Best Actress, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) & Best Supporting Actress, California Suite (1978), Tony: Best Actress - Play, "Lettice and Lovage" (1990), and Emmy: Best Actress - Miniseries/Movie, My House in Umbria (2003).

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Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, and Anthony Nicholls in Othello (1965)

Is a good friend of Judi Dench.

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Laurence Olivier and Maggie Smith in Othello (1965)

Worked with Laurence Olivier in the 1960s at the National Theatre.

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Laurence Olivier and Maggie Smith in Othello (1965)

Her father Nathaniel was a Geordie and a pathologist. Her mother Margaret was a Glaswegian and a secretary.

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Laurence Olivier and Maggie Smith in Othello (1965)

Her twin brothers Ian and Alistair are six years older than she is. They are both architects.

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Isabelle Adjani, Alan Bates, and Maggie Smith in Quartett (1981)

Won Broadway's 1990 Tony Award as Best Actress (Play) for "Lettice and Lovage." She was also nominated twice before in the same category: for a revival of Noël Coward's "Private Lives" in 1975, and for "Night and Day" in 1980.

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Maggie Smith in Quartett (1981)

Made her stage debut with the Oxford University Dramatic Society as Viola in Shakespare's "Twelfth Night." Bird-dogged by an American theatrical impresario, the part led to her being cast in her Broadway debut in "New Faces of 1956."

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Isabelle Adjani, Alan Bates, Maggie Smith, and Anthony Higgins in Quartett (1981)

Had to change her stage name to "Maggie Smith" as there already was an actress named "Margaret Smith" at the time she started in the profession.

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Maggie Smith and Sheila Gish in Quartett (1981)

Appeared with Laurence Olivier in "Rhinoceros" in the English Stage Company's 1960 London production. Olivier pronounced her acting "Marvelous.".

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Maggie Smith and Anthony Higgins in Quartett (1981)

Was a member of the Old Vic Company from 1959 to 1963, when the company was dissolved. It served as the basis for the new National Theatre being organized by Laurence Olivier, whom invited her to join. She gave a memorable performance as Desdemona opposite Olivier's Othello at The National Theatre's temporary home at the Old Vic theater building in 1964. Repeating the performance in the 1965 film made of that production, she won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination, her first of six Oscar nods.

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Maggie Smith and Rod Taylor in Cassidy, der Rebell (1965)

Is one of only a few actresses to win a Best Supporting Actress Oscar after winning a Best Actress Oscar.

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Maggie Smith and Rod Taylor in Cassidy, der Rebell (1965)

While filming Death on the Nile (1978), aboard ship, no one was allowed his or her own dressing room, so she shared a dressing room with Bette Davis and Angela Lansbury.

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Maggie Smith in The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)

Is a vice-president of Chichester Cinema at New Park. Anita Roddick and Kenneth Branagh are also vice-presidents.

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Maggie Smith in The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)

One of the first people to have a star on the Avenue of Stars - a British version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Seven other "Harry Potter" actors also have one.

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Maggie Smith in The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)

She and her first husband, Robert Stephens, appeared together in "Much Ado About Nothing". In 1993, Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson, who were also married at the time, played the same roles. Smith later worked with both Branagh and Thompson in the "Harry Potter" films.

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Bob Hoskins and Maggie Smith in The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)

Has been in three films that have the word "secret" in their titles: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), The Secret Garden (1993) and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002).

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Maggie Smith and Ian McNeice in The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)

Has played fictional fascists twice: first Jean Brodie in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) and then Lady Hester Random in Tee mit Mussolini (1999).

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Bob Hoskins and Maggie Smith in The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)

In 2008, it was reported that she was fighting breast cancer. She has had a tumor removed and undergone chemotherapy.

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Not only does she frequently work with Judi Dench, but they have also both worked with each other's children. Maggie worked with Finty Williams in Gosford Park (2001), while Dench worked with Toby Stephens in Die Another Day (2002).

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Michael Palin and Maggie Smith in Magere Zeiten - Der Film mit dem Schwein (1984)

During the time she was cast in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), producers approached her for further film roles in Cactus Flower (1969) and Mary, Queen of Scots (1971) but she turned them down as she wanted to limit her film work and focus more on theater.

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Maggie Smith in Magere Zeiten - Der Film mit dem Schwein (1984)

Grandmother to Daisy (b. July 2006) and Nathaniel (b. December 2008) via son Chris Larkin, and to Eli (b. May 2007), Tallulah (b. May 2009), and Kura (b. September 2010) via son Toby Stephens.

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Maggie Smith in Magere Zeiten - Der Film mit dem Schwein (1984)

Gave birth to her first child at age 32, a son Christopher Stephens (aka Chris Larkin), on June 19, 1967. Child's father is her boyfriend (now late ex-first husband), Robert Stephens.

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Michael Palin and Maggie Smith in Magere Zeiten - Der Film mit dem Schwein (1984)

Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 34, a son Toby Stephens on April 21, 1969. Child's father is her now late ex-1st husband, Robert Stephens.

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Maggie Smith in Das Millionending (1968)

Is one of 14 Best Actress Oscar winners to have not accepted their Academy Award in person, Smith's being for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969). The others are Katharine Hepburn, Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford, Judy Holliday, Vivien Leigh, Anna Magnani, Ingrid Bergman, Sophia Loren, Anne Bancroft, Patricia Neal, Elizabeth Taylor, Glenda Jackson and Ellen Burstyn.

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Maggie Smith and Peter Ustinov in Das Millionending (1968)

Was the 68th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) at The 42nd Annual Academy Awards (1970) on April 7, 1970.

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