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Maggie Smith

Actor Date of birth 28th December 1934
Place of birth Ilford, Essex, England
Year of debut 1958
First feature film Nowhere To Go

Awards

  • Academy Awards won1
  • Academy Awards nominated6
  • BAFTA Awards won5
  • BAFTA Awards nominated12
  • Golden Globe Awards won2
  • Golden Globe Awards nominated7
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Biography

Maggie Smith trained at the Oxford Playhouse. She made her London stage debut in 1957 and her Broadway debut a year later. In the sixties she acted at the Old Vic and the National Theatre. In between her stage performances, she landed roles in movies including the Ealing movie Nowhere to Go and The VIPs, alongside Richard Burton. She has built up a vast repertoire of movie roles ranging from Gosford Park to the Harry Potter franchise. She was awarded a CBE in 197O and made a Dame in 2000.

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Maggie Smith's films

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Packshot for the film Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone
Certificate
PG Certificate
Duration
146 Mins
Released
2001

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) starts at Hogwarts in this first film based on J.K. Rowling's books. Some scenes that may be unsuitable for small children.

Rent for £2.75
Packshot for the film Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
Certificate
PG Certificate
Duration
155 Mins
Released
2002

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) investigates a series of mysterious attacks at Hogwarts school. Mild language and horror, and fantasy spiders.

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Packshot for the film Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
150 Mins
Released
2009

As Lord Voldemort's power continues to grow, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) tries to find a way to defeat him. Moderate threat.

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Packshot for the film Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
Certificate
PG Certificate
Duration
136 Mins
Released
2004

The young wizard (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends face an escaped convict (Gary Oldman) and the soul-sucking Dementors. Contains scary scenes and mild language

Rent for £2.75
Packshot for the film Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang
Certificate
U Certificate
Duration
104 Mins
Released
2009

A magical nanny (Emma Thompson) helps a family on a farm. With Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ewan McGregor. No material likely to offend or harm. Brief scene of flashing lights.

Rent for £2.99
Packshot for the film Gnomeo & Juliet
Certificate
U Certificate
Duration
80 Mins
Released
2010

Animated. Two gnomes from opposite sides of the fence fall in love. With Michael Caine, James McAvoy and Emily Blunt. Some threatening scenes and very mild sexual innuendo.

Rent for £2.49
Packshot for the film Quartet
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
100 Mins
Released
2012

British comedy about retired musicians directed by Dustin Hoffman and starring Maggie Smith and Billy Connolly. Strong language.

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Did you know?

  • Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith. She changed her name to Maggie because there was already another actress named Margaret Smith.
  • In an interview with The Sunday Times in 2009, she commented on her The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie Oscar win. She said "It didn't make any difference whatsoever. We were opening a play at the National, so I didn't go to the Oscars. I hadn't thought about films. It was quite odd and an enormous surprise. A lot of people win and don't get much work afterwards. It didn't make much of a difference to me. I was always in the theatre".
  • In 1990 she won a Tony award for her performance in Peter Shaffer's Lettice And Lovage.
  • She had to wear a wig for her role in Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince because she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment and suffering from shingles on her head.
  • She married actor Robert Stephens in 1967. They got divorced in 1974. They have two sons, Chris Larkin and Toby Stephens, who are both actors. She was married to playwright Beverley Cross from 1975 until his death in 1998.

Awards

  • 1 Academy Awards won

    • 1969 Actress - The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie
  • 6 Academy Awards nominated

    • 2001 Actress in a Supporting Role - Gosford Park
    • 1986 Actress in a Supporting Role - A Room With A View
    • 1978 Actress in a Supporting Role - California Suite
    • 1972 Actress - Travels With My Aunt
    • 1969 Actress - The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie
    • 1965 Actress in a Supporting Role - Othello
  • 5 BAFTA Awards won

    • 1999 Actress in a Supporting Role - Tea With Mussolini
    • 1988 Actress in a Leading Role - The Lonely Passion Of Judith Hearne
    • 1986 Actress in a Leading Role - A Room with A View
    • 1984 Actress - A Private Function
    • 1969 Actress - The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie
  • 12 BAFTA Awards nominated

    • 2001 Actress in a Supporting Role - Gosford Park
    • 1999 Actress in a Supporting Role - Tea With Mussolini
    • 1993 Actress in a Supporting Role - The Secret Garden
    • 1988 Actress in a Leading Role - The Lonely Passion Of Judith Hearne
    • 1986 Actress in a Leading Role - A Room with A View
    • 1984 Actress - A Private Function
    • 1981 Actress - Quartet
    • 1979 Actress - California Suite
    • 1978 Supporting Actress - Death On The Nile
    • 1969 Actress - The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie
    • 1965 British Actress - Young Cassidy
    • 1958 Most Promising Newcomer To Film - Nowhere To Go
  • 2 Golden Globe Awards won

    • 1987 Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - A Room With A View
    • 1979 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - California Suite
  • 7 Golden Globe Awards nominated

    • 2002 Best Performance by an Actress in A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Gosford Park
    • 1987 Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - A Room With A View
    • 1979 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - California Suite
    • 1973 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - Travels With My Aunt
    • 1970 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie
    • 1966 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Othello
    • 1964 New Star Of The Year - The VIPs