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Maggie Smith

Birth Place: Ilford, Essex, ENGLAND

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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

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Maggie Smith 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


Maggie Smith Awards and Nominations


winner
Evening Standard Awards - 2013 - Theatre Icon Award

Maggie Smith

Olivier Awards - 2000 - Best Actress

Maggie SmithThe Lady In The Van

Olivier Awards - 1998 - Best Actress

Maggie SmithA Delicate Balance


winner
Evening Standard Awards - 1994 - Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress

Maggie Smith Three Tall Women

Olivier Awards - 1994 - Best Comedy Performance

Maggie SmithThe Importance Of Being Earnest


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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1990 - Best Actress - Play

Maggie SmithLettice & Lovage


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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1990 - Best Actress - Play

Maggie Smith, Lettice and Lovage


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Tony Awards - 1990 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

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


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Evening Standard Awards - 1984 - Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress

Maggie SmithThe Way of the World


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Evening Standard Awards - 1981 - Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress

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


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1975 - Best Performance

Maggie Smith, Private Lives

Tony Awards - 1975 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Maggie Smith , Private Lives


winner
Evening Standard Awards - 1970 - Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress

Maggie SmithHedda Gabler


winner
Evening Standard Awards - 1962 - Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress

Maggie SmithThe Private Ear


winner
Evening Standard Awards - 1962 - Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress

Maggie SmithThe Public Eye

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Maggie Smith News


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Her Majesty's Theatre Inducted into South Australia's Music Hall of Fame

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Maureen Lipman, Tom Conti and Anne Reid  will lead a rehearsed reading of Lettice and Lovage by Peter Shaffer, in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK. The reading is directed by Loveday Ingram.
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Whoopi Goldberg Invites Sheryl Lee Ralph to Join SISTER ACT 3

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Rambert's PEAKY BLINDERS to be Broadcast as Part of BBC's Festive Line-Up

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HOOK Expanded Movie Soundtrack Will Feature Songs From When the Film Was a Musical

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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?

Maggie Smith has been nominated for several prestigious awards throughout her illustrious career in theater. Some of the notable nominations include the Theatre Icon Award at the Evening Standard Awards, Best Actress at the Olivier Awards for "The Lady In The Van" and "A Delicate Balance," the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress at the Evening Standard Awards for "Three Tall Women," and Best Comedy Performance at the Olivier Awards for "The Importance Of Being Earnest." She has also received nominations for Best Actress - Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Lettice & Lovage," Actress of the Year at the Olivier Awards for "Lettice And Lovage," and Comedy Performance of the Year at the Olivier Awards for "The Way Of The World." Additionally, she has been nominated for various other awards such as the Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards for her outstanding performances in plays like "Night and Day," "Private Lives," "Hedda Gabler," and more.

What awards has Maggie Smith won?

Maggie Smith has won several awards throughout her illustrious career, including the Theatre Icon Award at the Evening Standard Awards. She also received the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress for her performances in "Three Tall Women," "The Way of the World," "Virginia," "Hedda Gabler," "The Private Ear," and "The Public Eye." Additionally, Smith has been honored with the Best Actress - Play award from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for her roles in "Lettice & Lovage" and "Private Lives." She also won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for her performance in "Lettice and Lovage."

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