Maggie Smith

Actor, Singer, Stage manager
One of the most revered actresses on both sides of the Atlantic, Maggie Smith created a gallery of indelible characters on stage and screen, which ran the gamut from repressed spinsters to comical eccentrics. Smith ... Read more »
Born: 12/28/1934 in Essex, England, GB


Actor (66)

Downton Abbey 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)


The Lady in the Van 2015 (Movie)

Miss Shepherd (Actor)

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2015 (Movie)

Muriel Donnelly (Actor)

My Old Lady 2014 (Movie)

Mathilde Girard (Actor)

Quartet 2012 (Movie)

Jean Horton (Actor)

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2012 (Movie)

Muriel Donnelly (Actor)

Gnomeo & Juliet 2011 (Movie)

Lady Bluebury (Voice)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2011 (Movie)

Professor Minerva McGonagall (Actor)

Nanny McPhee Returns 2010 (Movie)

Mrs. Docherty (Actor)

From Time to Time 2009 (Movie)


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 (Movie)

Professor Minerva McGonagall (Actor)

Becoming Jane 2007 (Movie)

Lady Gresham (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 (Movie)

Minerva McGonagall (Actor)

Keeping Mum 2006 (Movie)

Grace Hawkins (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 (Movie)

Professor Minerva McGonagall (Actor)

Ladies in Lavender 2005 (Movie)

Janet Widdington (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 (Movie)

Professor Minerva McGonagall (Actor)

When I Was A Girl 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 2002 (Movie)

Caro (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002 (Movie)

Professor Minerva McGonagall (Actor)

Gosford Park 2001 (Movie)

Constance, Countess of Trentham (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 (Movie)

Professor Minerva McGonagall (Actor)

All the King's Men 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


David Copperfield 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


The Last September 2000 (Movie)

Lady Myra (Actor)

Tea With Mussolini 1999 (Movie)

Lady Hester (Actor)

Curtain Call 1998 (Movie)

Lili Marlow (Actor)

Washington Square 1997 (Movie)

Aunt Lavinia Penniman (Actor)

The First Wives Club 1996 (Movie)

Gunilla Garson Goldberg (Actor)

Richard III 1995 (Movie)

Duchess of York (Actor)

Memento Mori 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 (Movie)

Mother Superior (Actor)

Suddenly Last Summer 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


The Secret Garden 1993 (Movie)

Mrs Medlock (Actor)

Sister Act 1992 (Movie)

Mother Superior (Actor)

Hook 1991 (Movie)

Granny Wendy Darling (Actor)

The 44th Annual Tony Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Romeo-Juliet 1989 (Movie)

of Rozaline (Voice)

Talking Heads: Bed Among the Lentils 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne 1987 (Movie)

Judith Hearne (Actor)

A Room With A View 1986 (Movie)

Charlotte Bartlett (Actor)

Lily in Love 1985 (Movie)

Lily (Actor)

A Private Function 1983 (Movie)

Joyce Chilvers (Actor)

Better Late Than Never 1983 (Movie)

Anderson (Actor)

Evil Under the Sun 1982 (Movie)

Daphne Castle (Actor)

Clash of the Titans 1981 (Movie)

Thetis (Actor)

Quartet 1981 (Movie)

Lois Heidler (Actor)

The Missionary 1980 (Movie)

Lady Ames (Actor)

California Suite 1978 (Movie)

Diana Barrie (Actor)

Death on the Nile 1978 (Movie)

Miss Bowers (Actor)

Murder By Death 1975 (Movie)

Dora Charleston (Actor)

Love, Pain and the Whole Damned Thing 1972 (Movie)

Lila Fisher (Actor)

Travels With My Aunt 1972 (Movie)

Aunt Augusta (Actor)

Oh! What A Lovely War 1969 (Movie)

Music Hall Star (Actor)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 1969 (Movie)

Jean Brodie (Actor)

Hot Millions 1968 (Movie)

Patty Terwilliger (Actor)

The Honey Pot 1966 (Movie)

Sarah Watkins (Actor)

Othello 1965 (Movie)

Desdemona (Actor)

Young Cassidy 1965 (Movie)

Nora (Actor)

The Pumpkin Eater 1964 (Movie)

Philpot (Actor)

The V.I.P.s 1963 (Movie)

Miss Mead (Actor)

Go to Blazes 1961 (Movie)


Nowhere to Go 1958 (Movie)

Bridget Howard (Actor)

Capturing Mary (TV Show)


Merchant of Venice (TV Show)


My House in Umbria (TV Show)



One of the most revered actresses on both sides of the Atlantic, Maggie Smith created a gallery of indelible characters on stage and screen, which ran the gamut from repressed spinsters to comical eccentrics. Smith quickly became an actress of note with performances in several Shakespeare plays before making an auspicious feature debut in "Nowhere to Go" (1959), before stealing the show in "The VIPs" (1963) and gaining international acclaim for her Oscar-winning performance in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1969). While making her name in dramatic roles, Smith proved equally adept at comedy, particularly with a standout turn as a sophisticated sleuth among an all-star cast in "Murder by Death" (1976). She earned another Academy Award for her brilliant portrayal of a crumbling actress in "California Suite" (1978) before transitioning to a repressed spinster in "A Room with a View" (1986). Though she appeared in a supporting capacity in broad Hollywood movies like "Hook" (1991) and "Sister Act" (1992), Smith found comfort on Broadway and London stages while continuing to earn acclaim for smaller films like "Tea with Mussolini" (1998) and Robert Altman's "Gosford Park" (2001). Smith reached her widest audience with "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (2001) and its numerous sequels, and earned critical acclaim as Dowager Countess of Grantham on the wildly popular series "Downton Abbey" (ITV/PBS, 2010- ), allowing her the opportunity to impress a whole new generation as she continued to maintain her reputation as one of the greatest actresses of all time.


Beverley Cross Screenplay

First became romantically involved in the early 1950s Split in the mid-1960s when Smith fell in love with Robert Stephens Rekindled relationship in the early 1970s Married from Aug. 23, 1975 until Cross' death on March 28, 1998

Chris Larkin Actor

Born June 19, 1967; father, Robert Stephens

Margaret Little


Nathaniel Smith

Worked at Oxford University

Alistair Smith

Born Dec. 8, 1928; twin of Ian

Ian Smith

Born Dec. 8, 1928; twin of Alistair

Toby Stephens Actor

Born April 21, 1969; father, Robert Stephens

Robert Stephens Actor

Married June 29, 1967; marriage was troubled by her career success, and his alcoholism and bouts of depression Divorced May 6, 1974


Oxford High School for Girls

1947 - 1951

Oxford Playhouse School

1951 - 1953
Enrolled at age 16



Appeared in "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"


Played a retired opera singer opposite Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins, and Billy Connolly in "Quartet," Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut


Co-starred in ensemble comedy drama "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"


Reprised Prof. Minerva McGonagall for the last feature in the series "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"


Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie


Earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for "Capturing Mary" (BBC, 2007)


Earned critical praise for her role as the Dowager Countess of Grantham on the British period drama "Downton Abbey" (PBS)


Co-starred with Emma Thompson in the family comedy "Nanny McPhee Returns"


Reprised the role of Prof. McGonagall in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth book in the fantasy series directed by David Yates


Reprised the role of Prof. McGonagall in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"


Appeared opposite Anne Hathaway in the period film "Becoming Jane"


Played Rowan Atkinson’s housekeeper in the British comedy "Keeping Mum"


Reprised role of Prof. McGonagall in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" directed by Mike Newell


Again portrayed Professor McGonagall in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" directed by Alfonso Cuarón


Reprised role of Professor McGonagall in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"


Starred in the tv-movie "My House in Umbria"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress


Starred opposite Judi Dench in David Hare's stage play "The Breath of Life"; reprised role on Broadway in 2003


Portrayed Prof. Minerva McGonagall in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"; adapted from the first novel in the best-sellling fantasy series by J.K. Rowling


Portrayed the contemptuous Countess of Trentham in Robert Altman's ensemble "Gosford Park"; earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination


Headlined the British film "The Last September" as a member of the British aristocracy in 1920s Ireland


Played Aunt Betsey in BBC remake of "David Copperfield"; aired in USA on PBS in 2000; received Emmy nomination


Starred in Alan Bennett's play "The Lady in the Van"


Appeared alongside Judi Dench, Cher and Joan Plowright in Franco Zeffirelli's "Tea With Mussolini"


Reteamed with Michael Caine for the supernatural comedy "Curtain Call" (aired on Starz!)


Starred in the London stage production of Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance"


Earned praise for her turn as the meddlesome aunt in "Washington Square"


Reprised TV role in London stage production of "Bed Among the Lentils"


Played the Duchess of York in "Richard III" starring Ian McKellen and directed by Richard Loncraine


Starred in London staging of Edward Albee's award-winning "Three Tall Women"


Cast as Mrs. Metlock in the remake of "The Secret Garden"


Played Lady Bracknell in a highly praised turn in London revival of "The Importance of Being Earnest"


Starred in TV remake of Tennessee Williams' "Suddenly, Last Summer" (PBS); garnered an Emmy nomination


Co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg as the mother superior in the comedy "Sister Act"; reprised role in "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" (1993)


Played an aged Wendy Darling in the Steven Spielberg directed, "Hook"


Created the role of Lettice Douffet in Peter Shaffer's play "Lettice and Lovage" in London; reprised role in NYC in 1990 and earned a Tony Award


Made rare but memorable TV appearance in the "Bed Among the Lentils" segment of the "Talking Heads" series of one-person dramas scripted by Alan Bennett; premiered on British TV and aired in USA on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre"


Co-starred as the meddling chaperone in "A Room with a View"; earned Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination


Reteamed with Palin to co-star in the Alan Bennett-scripted comedy "A Private Function"


Acted in second film adapted from an Agatha Christie mystery "Evil Under the Sun"


Co-starred with Michael Palin in the comedy "The Missionary"


Portrayed writer Virginia Woolf in "Virgina" at Stratford (recreated the role in London's West End in 1981)


Returned to Broadway recreating her London stage role in Tom Stoppard's play "Night and Day"; earned a Tony nomination


Offered a scene-stealing turn in "Death on the Nile"; adapted from an Agatha Christie mystery


Won second Oscar for her turn opposite Michael Caine playing an Oscar-nominated actress in "California Suite"; scripted by Neil Simon


Played Dora Charleston, a spoof of Myrna Loy's Nora Charles in the Neil Simon-scripted "Murder By Death"


Made rare TV guest appearance on "The Carol Burnett Show" (CBS)


Earned Best Actress Academy Award nomination as Best Actress for "Travels with My Aunt"


Headlined a London production of Noel Coward's "Private Lives"


Won first Oscar for the role of a fascistic Scottish schoolteacher at an all-girl's school in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"


Played featured role in "The Honey Pot"


Earned first Academy Award nomination reprising her stage role of Desdemona in a film adaptation of "Othello"


First major film role, opposite Rod Taylor and Richard Burton in "The VIPs"


Joined National Theatre as a charter member; played Desdemona to Olivier's "Othello"


Offered praiseworthy performances in "The Public Ear" and "The Private Eye"


Official feature film debut in "Nowhere to Go"


Was a member of the Old Vic company, where she first played opposite Laurence Olivier in "Rhinoceros"


Made London stage debut in "Share My Lettuce"


Broadway debut in the sketch revue "New Faces of '56"


Made uncredited appearance as a party guest in "Child in the House"


Stage debut in Oxford University Dramatic Society production of "Twelfth Night"


Family moved to Oxford

Spent first five years in Ilford, England

Was an assistant stage manager and performer at the Oxford Playhouse

Had title role in the National Theatre production of "Miss Julie"

Headlined an L.A. stage production of "The Guardsman"

Bonus Trivia


Smith suffered from Grave's disease for a number of years.


She was made Commander of the British Empire in 1969 and a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1990.


She was a recipient of the Taormina Gold Award in 1985.


Smith received honorary doctorates from The University of Cambridge and the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.


Smith was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1994.


She received the 1999 William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre presented by the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC.


Smith admits she autographs anything thrust in front of her, although she points out, "I used to write 'Glenda Jackson,' It saves time if that's who they think you are." – from Newsday, Jan. 13, 2002


According to an article in The Telegraph published March 18, 2008, Smith was reportedly battling breast cancer.