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Maggie Smith

 
Birth Place:
Ilford, Essex, ENGLAND
Bio:
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 six Best Actress Evening Standard Awards for The Private Ear and The Public Eye (both ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: December 28, 1934 (87)

Birth Place: Ilford, Essex, ENGLAND

Bio:
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 six Best Actress Evening Standard Awards for The Private Ear and The Public Eye (both ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [West End]
London Production at Bridge Theatre, 2019
Brunhilde Pomsel
  [Broadway]
1990
Lettice Douffet
  [Broadway]
1979
Ruth Carson
  [Broadway]
1975
Amanda Prynne
  [West End]
Original London Production, 1957
Performer
  [Broadway]
1956
France
Harem Houris
Harriet
Introduction to "A Canful of Trash"
Introduction to "The Broken Kimona"
Introduction to "The Pioneer"
Performer
Miss Orange
Nurse
Pura
Steffany
Tourist
Woman

Photos

Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley, Dame Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, The Dowa Photo

Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley, Dame Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, The Dowager Countess of Grantham; Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Allen Leech as Tom Branson, Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley

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Date:
09/16/2019
Dame Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, The Dowager Countess of Grantham; Hugh Bonnevill Photo

Dame Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, The Dowager Countess of Grantham; Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Talbot

From: 
Date:
09/16/2019
Dame Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, The Dowager Countess of Grantham; Michelle Docke Photo

Dame Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, The Dowager Countess of Grantham; Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Talbot

From: 
Date:
09/16/2019

 

Stage

Performances
  [West End]
London Production at Bridge Theatre, 2019
Brunhilde Pomsel

  [Broadway]
1990
Lettice Douffet

  [Broadway]
1979
Ruth Carson

  [Broadway]
1975
Amanda Prynne

  [West End]
Original London Production, 1957
Performer

  [Broadway]
1956
France

Harem Houris

Harriet

Introduction to "A Canful of Trash"

Introduction to "The Broken Kimona"

Introduction to "The Pioneer"

Performer

Miss Orange

Nurse

Pura

Steffany

Tourist

Woman

Maggie Smith Biography

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 six 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), Three Tall Women (1994), and A German Life (2019). 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. She appeared in 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). She received the Society of London Theatre Special Award in 2010.

On screen, Smith first drew praise for the crime film Nowhere to Go (1958), for which she received her first nomination for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award. 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 seven actresses to have won in both categories. 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 Best Supporting Actress for Tea with Mussolini (1999), and three Golden Globe Awards. She received four other Oscar nominations 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 (2001–2011). Her other 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), Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), 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, and starred as Lady Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, on Downton Abbey (2010–2015), for which she won three Emmys, her first non-ensemble Screen Actors Guild Award, and her third Golden Globe. Her honorary film awards include the BAFTA Special Award in 1993 and the BAFTA Fellowship in 1996. She received the Stratford Shakespeare Festival's Legacy Award in 2012, and the Bodley Medal by the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries in 2016

Maggie Smith Awards and Nominations

 
Evening Standard Awards - 2013 - Theatre Icon Award Gold Star
Maggie Smith
 
Olivier Awards - 2000 - Best Actress
Maggie SmithThe Lady In The Van
 
Olivier Awards - 1998 - Best Actress
Maggie SmithA Delicate Balance
 
Evening Standard Awards - 1994 - Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress Gold Star
Maggie Smith Three Tall Women
 
Olivier Awards - 1994 - Best Comedy Performance
Maggie SmithThe Importance Of Being Earnest
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1990 - Best Actress - Play Gold Star
Maggie SmithLettice & Lovage
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1990 - Best Actress - Play Gold Star
Maggie Smith, Lettice and Lovage
 
Tony Awards - 1990 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Maggie Smith, Lettice and Lovage
 
Olivier Awards - 1987 - Actress of the Year
Maggie SmithLettice And Lovage
 
Olivier Awards - 1985 - Comedy Performance of the Year
Maggie SmithThe Way Of The World
 
Evening Standard Awards - 1984 - Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress Gold Star
Maggie SmithThe Way of the World
 
Evening Standard Awards - 1981 - Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress Gold Star
Maggie SmithVirginia
 
Olivier Awards - 1981 - Actress of the Year in a New Play
Maggie SmithVirginia
 
Tony Awards - 1980 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Maggie Smith, Night and Day
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1975 - Outstanding Actress - Play
Maggie Smith, Private Lives
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1975 - Best Performance Gold Star
Maggie Smith, Private Lives
 
Tony Awards - 1975 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Maggie Smith , Private Lives
 
Evening Standard Awards - 1970 - Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress Gold Star
Maggie SmithHedda Gabler
 
Evening Standard Awards - 1962 - Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress Gold Star
Maggie SmithThe Private Ear
 
Evening Standard Awards - 1962 - Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress Gold Star
Maggie SmithThe Public Eye

Maggie Smith News

Full Casting Confirmed For The World Premiere Stage Adaptation of THE BEST EXOTIC MAR Photo Full Casting Confirmed For The World Premiere Stage Adaptation of THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL UK Tour
by Stephi Wild - Aug 8, 2022

The full cast has been announced for Deborah Moggach's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which opens at Richmond Theatre on Monday 5th  September 2022.

New Book to Chart Cameron Macintosh's Restoration of Eight Iconic London Theatres Photo New Book to Chart Cameron Macintosh's Restoration of Eight Iconic London Theatres
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Aug 4, 2022

New book to chart Cameron Mackintosh’s legacy to save the West End through the revival of eight iconic London theatres.

Andy de la Tour, Marlene Sidaway & Rekha John-Cheriyan Join the Cast of THE BEST EXOT Photo Andy de la Tour, Marlene Sidaway & Rekha John-Cheriyan Join the Cast of THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 3, 2022

Andy de la Tour (Plenty, Notting Hill), Marlene Sidaway (ITV’s Coronation Street, BBC 1’s Pride and Prejudice) and Rekha John-Cheriyan (Kerbs, Tomb Raider, Dream Horse) will join the cast of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel when it begins its first-ever tour this Autumn, coming to Theatre Royal Brighton from Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 September 2022.

Review: SISTER ACT at Matthews Playhouse Photo Review: SISTER ACT at Matthews Playhouse
by Perry Tannenbaum - Jul 22, 2022

We may have underestimated Cheri and Bill Steinkellner's musical adaptation of Paul Rudnick's SISTER ACT screenplay, moving the action from Vegas to Philly and making the show more character-driven. It actually works better on the smaller community theater stage at Matthews Playhouse than the big stage productions we've previously seen.

Review: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at Shaw Festival Photo Review: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at Shaw Festival
by Michael Rabice - Jul 14, 2022

A breezy comedy of manners, as only Oscar Wilde could pen, is a welcome way to return to Niagara-on-the Lake's SHAW FESTIVAL. For it's 60th anniversary audiences are in for a familiar treat as THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST returns to the stage in all it's witty charm. Hints of covid still pervade the air as a notice of two understudies stepping into two leading roles greeted us. But fear not, their polished presence assured there was never any cause for concern.

DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA Now Streaming Exclusively on Peacock Photo DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA Now Streaming Exclusively on Peacock
by Michael Major - Jun 27, 2022

'Downton Abbey: A New Era' reunites the original principal cast, including Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Penelope Wilton. In addition to the original cast, Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West will join the cast.

DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA to Stream on Peacock Photo DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA to Stream on Peacock
by Michael Major - Jun 14, 2022

The film includes Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Raquel Cassidy, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Michael Fox, Joanne Froggatt, Harry Hadden-Paton, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Lesley Nichol, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Penelope Wilton. 

HIDING ANNE FRANK - The Story Of Miep Gies Comes to Edinburgh Fringe 2022 Photo HIDING ANNE FRANK - The Story Of Miep Gies Comes to Edinburgh Fringe 2022
by Stephi Wild - Jun 10, 2022

Miep Gies was a 32-year-old secretary in Otto Frank's office when he asked her to help him and his family hide from the Nazis. She immediately said yes.

Rula Lenska Joins Hayley Mills & Paul Nicholas Led THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL UK  Photo Rula Lenska Joins Hayley Mills & Paul Nicholas Led THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL UK Tour
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 27, 2022

Another of the UK’s best-loved actors, Rula Lenska, (ITV’s Rock Follies, Coronation Street, Channel 4’s Celebrity Big Brother) is the latest cast member to be confirmed for the upcoming tour of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Born Ruffians Share New Single 'Don't Fight The Feeling' Photo Born Ruffians Share New Single 'Don't Fight The Feeling'
by Michael Major - May 25, 2022

For the JUICE, SQUEEZE & PULP tour, the Born Ruffians—Luke Lalonde (guitar/vocals), Mitch DeRosier (bass), and Steve Hamelin (drums)—introduce a new fourth member, Maddy Wilde, to the lineup. The North American tour run resumes May 31, at Lincoln Hall in Chicago

Maggie Smith Videos

VIDEO: Watch an Interview with DOWNTON ABBEY Writer Julian Fellowes on OPEN STUDIO WI VideoVIDEO: Watch an Interview with DOWNTON ABBEY Writer Julian Fellowes on OPEN STUDIO WITH JARED BOWEN
by Stage Tube - Oct 2, 2019

On the latest episode of WGBH's Open Studio with Jared Bowen, Jared sits down with Downton Abbey creator, screenwriter, and producer Julian Fellowes on the heels of the Downton Abbey movie's big opening weekend. Watch the interview below!

VIDEO: Maggie Smith and Imelda Stanton Reunite in Clip from the DOWNTON ABBEY Film VideoVIDEO: Maggie Smith and Imelda Stanton Reunite in Clip from the DOWNTON ABBEY Film
by Stage Tube - Aug 30, 2019

Former Harry Potter co-stars Maggie Smith and Imelda Stanton have reunited in a clip from the upcoming Downton Abbey film!

VIDEO: Watch a Sneak Peek of the DOWNTON ABBEY Film in New Featurette VideoVIDEO: Watch a Sneak Peek of the DOWNTON ABBEY Film in New Featurette
by Stage Tube - Aug 20, 2019

Focus Features has released a sneak peek featurette for the highly-anticipated Dowtown Abbey film, only in theaters this September.

VIDEO: The Crawley Family Returns in the DOWNTON ABBEY Film Teaser VideoVIDEO: The Crawley Family Returns in the DOWNTON ABBEY Film Teaser
by Stage Tube - Dec 14, 2018

The Crawley's return in the first teaser trailer for the Downton Abbey film. This is the first glimpse of them after their departure in 2015 after six award-winning seasons on PBS and ITV.

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for TEA WITH THE DAMES Starring Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Ei VideoVIDEO: Watch the Trailer for TEA WITH THE DAMES Starring Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, and Joan Plowright
by Stage Tube - Aug 28, 2018

IFC Films has released the trailer for TEA WITH THE DAMES, which is opening in theaters on September 21st and on demand September 27th. 

VIDEO: Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Najimy & Marc Shaiman Celebrate SISTER ACT's 25th Anniv VideoVIDEO: Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Najimy & Marc Shaiman Celebrate SISTER ACT's 25th Anniversary on THE VIEW
by Caryn Robbins - Sep 15, 2017

On this week's THE VIEW, host Whoopi Goldberg was joined by Kathy Najimy, Beth Fowler, and composer Marc Shaiman for a special 25th Anniversary celebration of the 1992 musical film SISTER ACT.

VIDEO: Tracey Ullman, Queen Latifah & Morris Chestnut Visit LATE LATE SHOW
by - Dec 2, 2016

On last night's LATE LATE SHOW, after guest Tracey Ullman talked about why Dame Maggie Smith wanted a death scene, Queen Latifah explains why she won't die again on screen.

VIDEO: Watch 'Lost' Footage of Dame Maggie Smith in Early Production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
by Caryn Robbins - Oct 5, 2016

The BBC has shared recently restored footage of Dame Maggie Smith in the role of Beatrice in Shakespeare's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.

VIDEO: THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW Now Available on iTunes; New Trailer!
by TV News Desk - May 17, 2016

For the first time ever, four volumes of the legendary television series 'THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW' are available in a digital format, Time Life announced today. Click below to watch a promo, featuring interviews with Betty White, Amy Poehler and more, for the collection!

VIDEO: Dame Maggie Smith Reveals She's Never Watched DOWNTON ABBEY!
by Caryn Robbins - Oct 31, 2015

Maggie Smith stopped by THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW and shared that she is relieved that DOWNTON ABBEY is finally over… and admits she has never seen the show, but she does have a box set!


Maggie Smith Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Maggie Smith been in?
Maggie Smith has appeared on Broadway in 4 shows.

How many West End shows has Maggie Smith been in?
Maggie Smith has appeared on London's West End in 2 shows.

What was Maggie Smith's first West End show?
Maggie Smith's first West End show was Share My Lettuce which opened in 1957

What awards has Maggie Smith been nominated for?
Theatre Icon Award (Evening Standard Awards) for , Best Actress (Olivier Awards) for The Lady In The Van , Best Actress (Olivier Awards) for A Delicate Balance , Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress (Evening Standard Awards) for Three Tall Women , Best Comedy Performance (Olivier Awards) for The Importance Of Being Earnest , Best Actress - Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Lettice & Lovage , Best Actress - Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Lettice and Lovage , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Lettice and Lovage , Actress of the Year (Olivier Awards) for Lettice And Lovage , Comedy Performance of the Year (Olivier Awards) for The Way Of The World , Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress (Evening Standard Awards) for The Way of the World , Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress (Evening Standard Awards) for Virginia , Actress of the Year in a New Play (Olivier Awards) for Virginia , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Night and Day , Outstanding Actress - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Private Lives , Best Performance (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Private Lives , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Private Lives , Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress (Evening Standard Awards) for Hedda Gabler Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress (Evening Standard Awards) for The Private Ear and Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress (Evening Standard Awards) for The Public Eye .

What awards has Maggie Smith won?
Theatre Icon Award (Evening Standard Awards) for , Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress (Evening Standard Awards) for Three Tall Women, Best Actress - Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Lettice & Lovage , Best Actress - Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Lettice and Lovage, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Lettice and Lovage, Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress (Evening Standard Awards) for The Way of the World, Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress (Evening Standard Awards) for Virginia, Best Performance (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Private Lives, Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress (Evening Standard Awards) for Hedda Gabler Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress (Evening Standard Awards) for The Private Earand Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress (Evening Standard Awards) for The Public Eye.