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Dame Maggie has two older brothers, twins Alistair and Ian. She is the youngest child of
Oxford Professor Nathaniel Smith and Glasgow born Margaret Hutton.
Smith has been an iconic presence since the late 1950s. She has starred with such legendary
actors as Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Dame Judi Dench, Joan Plowright,
Chris Cooper, Ellen Burstyn and Ian McKellan, just to name a few. Smith is just as successful on
stage as she is on film. In fact, her career – like many other great actors – started on the stage
first at the Oxford Playhouse and then at the Royal National Theater.
Mostly known for serious roles - she has masterfully portrayed Shakespeare on stage and screen
– she has mastered comedy as well. With such films as Sister Act, The First Wives’ Club and The
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Smith gets to display her arch wit and perfect comedic
For her prodigious work she has won many nominations, praise and awards. Indeed, she has
the full gamut of awards: Academy Awards, BAFTA, SAG, Emmy, and she even won a Tony!
She was granted Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1970 and was elevated to Dame
Commander (DBE) twenty years later.
Most recently she is known for her work portraying the strict and austere Professor Minerva
McGonagall in the Harry Potter film series. She has garnered many fans over the years, and with
Potter, she welcomes many more new fans – young and old.
Professor McGonagall is just one of Dame Maggie’s strong female characters, but none of the
characters are as strong as the lady herself. The actress is reportedly doing well in her battle
against breast cancer and has continued to work through her illness; she appears in all 7 Potter
Married twice, Smith has two sons from her first husband, Robert Stephens. Though the
marriage ended in divorce in May 1974, the couple’s sons, Chris Larkin and Toby Stephens, are
both actors as well. In August 1975, she married the playwright Beverley Cross. The two
remained together until his death in 1998.
The actress brings years of experience, strength, poise and great skill with her to every role,
inspiring respect and love from her collaborators including her young cast mates in the Harry
***The following list is comprised solely of awards won.***
1969 Best Actress Academy Award
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
1969 Best Actress BAFTA Award
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
1970 Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
1978 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award
1978 Best Actress Golden Globe Award
1984 Best Actress BAFTA Award
1986 Best Actress BAFTA Award
1986 Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe Award
1988 Best Actress BAFTA Award
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
1990 Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire
1990 Best Actress Tony Award
1993 Lifetime Achievement BAFTA Award
1996 BAFTA Academy Fellowship
1999 Best Supporting Actress BAFTA Award
2001 Outstanding Cast SAG Award
2003 Best Actress Emmy Award
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