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Maggie Smith (born 28.12.1934) Maggie Smith is an English actress who has seven BAFTAs, two Oscars and three Golden Globes.

Childhood: Maggie Smith was born in Ilford, Essex. Her parents were secretary Margaret and pathologist Nathaniel Smith. She attended Oxford High School.

Acting career: Maggie Smith's first film role was in 'Nowhere to Go' which earned her a BAFTA nomination. She earned her first Academy Award nomination for her role as Desdemona in the 1965 film version of Shakespearean play 'Othello' opposite Laurence Olivier. In 1969, she won her first Academy Award for Best Actress in the film 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie'. In 1978, she won a second Academy Award for her role in 'California Suite' opposite Jane Fonda and Michael Caine; a film which also landed her with a Golden Globe.

In 1985, she appeared in 'A Room with a View' alongside Helena Bonham Carter and won a BAFTA and Golden Globe for her role. In 1991, she played the older Wendy in 'Hook and she appeared alongside Whoopi Goldberg in 'Sister Act' the following year. In 1995, she was in 'Richard III' opposite Ian McKellen and Robert Downey Jr. She has received an Oscar nomination for her appearance as the bad-tempered Constance, Countess of Trentham in 'Gosford Park' in 2001 which also starred Michael Gambon, Stephen Fry and Helen Mirren.

She is widely known for playing Professor McGonagall in the 'Harry Potter' film series opposite Daniel Radcliffe. In 2010, she was cast as Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, in the period drama series 'Downton Abbey' for which she has won two Emmys and a Golden Globe.

Her theatre appearances include Alan Bennett's 'The Lady in the Van', 'Private Lives' and Peter Shaffer's 'Lettice and Lovage' for which she won a Tony Award in 1990. In 2012, she appeared in 'Quartet' and the British comedy 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' with Judi Dench and Bill Nighy.

Her accolades include the Stratford Shakespeare Festival Legacy Award and, even more impressively, her appointment as Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) which was later raised to Dame Commander (DBE). She has honorary degrees from the University of Bath, the University of St Andrews and the University of Cambridge.

Personal life: Maggie Smith was first married to Robert Stephens in 1967 with whom she had two sons, actors Chris Larkin and Toby Stephens. They divorced in 1974. Her second marriage was to Beverley Cross in 1975 but he died in 1998. In 2007, it was announced that she was suffering from breast cancer, but she soon made a full recovery. She has been involved with various charities including the International Glaucoma Association and Cats Protection.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

'Downton Abbey' wrap party at The Ivy

Maggie Smith - 'Downton Abbey' wrap party at The Ivy - Arrivals at The Ivy - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 15th August 2015

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Downton Abbey Launch

Dame Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey Launch photocall held at the May Fair Hotel - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 13th August 2015

Michelle Dockery and Dame Maggie Smith
Michelle Dockery and Dame Maggie Smith
Jim Carter, guest, Rob James-Collier, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, Raquel Cassidy, Kevin Doyle, Hugh Bonneville. Front row: Phyllis Logan, Joanne Froggatt, Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern and Samantha Bond
Jim Carter, guest, Rob James-Collier, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, Raquel Cassidy, Kevin Doyle, Hugh Bonneville. Front row: Phyllis Logan, Joanne Froggatt, Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern and Samantha Bond

BAFTA Tribute Downton Abbey

Dame Maggie Smith - BAFTA Tribute: Downton Abbey held at the Richmond Theatre - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 11th August 2015

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Dame Maggie Smith

Will Lord And Lady Grantham Be Facing Hard Times In 'Downton Abbey’s' Final Season?


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‘Downton Abbey’s’ final season looks set to be a harsh goodbye for the posh Crawley family, who will be forced to make some drastic changes to their lavish lifestyle. According to reports the family will be forced to massively downsize during the show's sixth and final season and they may even loose their servants in an effort to cut costs.

Downton AbbeyThe final season of period drama ‘Downton Abbey’ is approaching.

According to The Mirror The Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) will realises he needs to take steps to save money after visiting a neighbour that had to sell the family silver to make ends meet. This means that staff at Downton will be given their redundancy notices and the family will have to learn to take care of themselves.

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The Lady In The Van - Featurette


'The Lady In The Van' director Nicholas Hytner, producer Kevin Loader and writer Alan Bennett - on whose life the film is based - ponder over the excellence of leading lady Maggie Smith in the role of an educated yet poverty stricken old woman named Miss. Shepherd.

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'Downton Abbey' Characters To Appear In NBC Series 'The Gilded Age'?


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'Downton Abbey’ fans who are distraught about the imminent end of their beloved period drama may be cheered by a suggestion that one of its characters could star in a prequel series. Violet, The Countess of Grantham, played by Dame Maggie Smith in existing series, may be returning in the new American series ‘The Gilded Age’.

Julian Fellowes, the creator and of the smash ITV series and the writer of the forthcoming American project for the NBC network, told the Mail on Sunday that ‘The Gilded Age’ would be set among the high society families of New York in the late nineteenth century. This would mean that, if she were to return, the quick-witted and acerbic Violet would be played by a younger actress in events depicted many decades before those of ‘Downton Abbey’.

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The Countess of Grantham, played by Dame Maggie Smith (above) in 'Downton Abbey'

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Downton Abbey Will Conclude After Sixth Season - Movie Or Spin-Off Series To Follow?


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Downton Abbey will conclude after its sixth season, the ITV show's producers have confirmed. Producer Gareth Neame made the announcement during a press conference on Thursday (26th March). "It's a very emotional day for all of the people involved in the show," Neame said at the press conference.

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Maggie Smith stars in Downton Abbey.

See More: The Cast Of Downton Abbey Filming (March 2015).

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Lady In The Van Trailer


Once upon a time, a normal man lived in a normal house on a normal street. Then, something extraordinary happened. An educated woman - a scholar of both music and art - who lives in a van, takes up residence on the road. Miss Shepard (Maggie Smith) is insistent on staying in her van on the street, and the man (Alan Bennett), invites her to park her mobile home in his driveway in order to relieve his neighbours of the site. They agree she will stay for three weeks; she ends up staying for fifteen years. 

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Maggie Smith Could Leave Downton Abbey After Next Season


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Dame Maggie Smith has hinted that she will leave Downton Abbey after the next season, saying, "...to my knowledge, I must be 100 by now." Smith, who recently turned 80 in real life, said she couldn't imagine continuing on the show, which is rumoured to be coming to an end anyway.

Maggie SmithMaggie Smith could leave Downton Abbey after the next season

"They say this is the last one, and I can't see how it could go on," Smith told the Sunday Times, "I mean, I certainly can't keep going... To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We're into the late 1920s."

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'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Unites Original Starry Cast With Richard Gere


Richard Gere Judi Dench Maggie Smith Bill Nighy Celia Imrie Dev Patel Penelope Wilton

After The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel earned nearly $140 million on its release in 2012, the all-star cast and crew were keen to reassemble for a sequel. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel hits UK cinemas this weekend and arrives in America next week, adding Richard Gere and Tamsin Grieg to a cast that includes Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Dev Patel and Penelope Wilton.

Richard Gere and Lillette Dubey in 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'
Richard Gere is a newcomer in 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

For Nighy, the biggest fear during filming was "killing the national treasure that is Dame Judi" while filming a sequence on a scooter. "This is the second time I've been on a motorcycle - the first was the first movie - and it's probably the last," he laughed. "That's enough for my motorcycling career!"

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Review


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A badly under-developed script leaves a fine cast without much to do in this sequel to the 2012 hit. Reuniting in India, the actors find moments of comedy and emotion that help make the film watchable, and the big Bollywood-style finale leaves the audience with a smile on its face. But the simplistic plot-threads never amount to much at all, which leaves the project feeling like a missed opportunity to deepen the characters and push the premise in more interesting directions.

Business at the hotel in Jaipur is booming, so managers Sonny (Dev Patel) and Muriel (Maggie Smith) are looking for investors to expand into a second property. But this distracts Sonny from his upcoming wedding to Sunaina (Tena Desae), and she's not too happy about that. There are also two new guests (Richard Gere and Tamsin Grieg) who may be important. Meanwhile, Evelyn (Judi Dench) is offered a new job just as she realises she might like to pursue a relationship with Douglas (Bill Nighy), whose ex-wife (Penelope Wilton) turns up unexpectedly. Madge (Celia Imrie) is struggling to choose between her many suitors. And Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are having relationship issues due to their lack of communication.

All of these momentous plots, and a few more, swirl around over the course of about a week, which means that none ever has a chance to develop. It also means that the characters are all so busy with their own stories that they don't interact very much, and what contact they do have feels rather contrived. As a result, the film feels like an awkward mix of disconnected slapstick, farce and melodrama. That said, these high-powered actors can hold together even the flimsiest scene. Dench and Nighy generate some lovely emotional resonance in their contrived storyline, while Smith finds some quiet pathos in Muriel's own journey, even if the filmmakers seem to have forgotten to hire someone to do her costumes, hair and make-up.

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'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Captures Magic of its Predecessor


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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel had a tough act to follow. Its predecessor remains of the best loved British movies of recent times and its subtle casting, genuinely funny script and heart-warming narrative saw it gross over $130 million on a budget of just $10 million.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold HotelRichard Gere joined the cast for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The sequel - out in cinemas this week - follows the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel) who has his eye on a promising new property now that his Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a success. Judi Dench, Bill Nighty, Celia Imrie and Maggie Smith all return for Second Best, while Richard Gere and Tamsin Greig are among the new arrivals.

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At 80 Retirement Is "The Rudest Word In The Dictionary" For Dame Judi Dench


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Dame Judi Dench has described “retirement” as “the rudest word in the dictionary”, as she promotes her latest film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Speaking to The Telegraph, the 80 year also revealed she doesn't allow the word “old” to be used in her house and as for “vintage”, well that’s on the banned list too.

Judi DenchJudi Dench in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

“I don't want any of those old words,” the actress told the newspaper. “I like 'enthusiastic' and I like the word 'cut' because that means you've finished the shot.”

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A Week In Movies: Berlin Wraps Up, Dames Judi And Maggie Hit The Red Carpet, Julia Roberts Films In L.A. And There Are New Trailers For Age Of Adaline, Big Game And Crimson Peak


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The Berlin Film Festival wrapped up last weekend after the premiere for Disney's new live-action version of Cinderella, and stars Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Lily James and Richard Madden, plus director Kenneth Branagh were all on hand for the event.

Photos - 65th Berlin International Film Festival - 'Cinderella' - Premiere

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'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Premiere

Dame Maggie Smith - 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Premiere - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 17th February 2015

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