Maggie Smith


July 5, 2022

Dame Maggie Smith (English: Maggie Smith; December 28, 1934) is a British film, theater and television actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in The Best Years of Miss Jean Brody and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The California Suite. The most famous films in which she played are Othello, A Room with a View, Travels with My Aunt and Gosford Park, and she is certainly remembered as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter film series. She had an equally successful career as a television actress. She has had notable and acclaimed roles in the TV series Suddenly Last Summer, David Copperfield, My House in Umbria, The Haunting of Mary and Downton Abbey, for which she won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries in 2011 and 2012. Maggie Smith was nominated for six Oscars, of which she won two; eighteen BAFTA Awards (won five); nine Emmys of which she won three and for twelve Golden Globes - she won three. Therefore, she is rightfully considered one of the best and most respected actresses in the world.


Margaret Smith was born on December 28, 1934 in Ilford (South of England). Her mother Margaret Hutton, originally from Glasgow, worked as a secretary, while her father, Nathaniel Smith, born in Newcastle, was a pathologist. She had two older twin brothers - Alistair and Ian. She graduated from high school in Oxford.


She started her acting career in 1957, when she made her first film, but also played in the Oxford Playhouse theater with Frank Shelley. She soon transferred to the Royal National Theater where she gained a reputation as a promising young actress. In 1965, she got the role of Desdemona in the film Othello, where her partner was Laurence Olivier. She was nominated for an Oscar for supporting actress for that role. Four years later, she won the Oscar for Best Lead Actress for the role of the avant-garde teacher Jean Brody in the film The Best Years of Miss Jean Brody. Then she plays in the films Death on the Nile, an adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel of the same name, and in the comedy Travels with My Aunt, when she was again nominated for an Oscar. In 1978, she won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in the movie California Apartment. At the beginning of the eighties, she interpreted the main female roles in