Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith

British, Actress
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Maggie Smith

Dame Margaret Natalie Smith, CH DBE (born 28 December 1934) is an English actress. With an extensive career on screen and stage beginning in the mid-1950s, Smith has appeared in over 60 films and 70 plays. The recipient of several accolades, including two Academy Awards, a Tony Award and four Primetime Emmy Awards (making her one of few artists to achieve the "Triple Crown of Acting") in addition to seven BAFTA Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and five Screen Actors Guild Awards, she is one of Britain's most recognisable and prolific actresses, and was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990 for contributions to the Arts, and a Companion of Honour in 2014 for services to Drama.

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Full name at birth
Margaret Natalie Smith
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Claim to fame
Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter film series, Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, in Downton Abbey
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Date of birth
28 December 1934
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Place of birth
Ilford, Essex, England, UK
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Age
87
Occupation
Actress
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Height
5' 5" (165 cm)
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Weight
128 lbs (58.1 kg)
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  • Petite frame
  • Center-parted, neck-length hair
  • Affable smile
  • No Piercings
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None
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Medical condition
Breast Cancer 2007
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Residence
London, England, UK
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Net worth
$18,000,000 USD
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High school
  • Oxford High School For Girls (1950)
  • Oxford Playhouse
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University
  • Honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) from the University of Cambridge (1995)
  • Honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) from the University of Bath (1986)
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Independent Talent Group Ltd.
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My career is chequered. Then I think I got pigeon-holed in humour; Shakespeare is not my thing.
  • Educated at the High School for Girls in Oxford, she started out in the theater as a prompt girl and understudy at the Oxford Repertory. She claims she never went on as no one ever fell ill.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • She was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress of the 1997 season for her performance in A Delicate Balance at the Haymarket Theatre.

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