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  • Maggie Smith

    Born on December 28, 1934 in Ilford, Essex, England

awards & nominations

Quartet (2012)

Maggie Smith as "Jean Horton"

Once-popular opera diva Jean Horton (Maggie Smith) creates a stir with her arrival at Beecham House, a home for retired performers. No one feels the uproar more than Reginald (Tom Courtenay), Jean's ex-husband, who still stings from her long-ago infidelity. Most of the other Beecham residents are delighted, and try to convince Jean to join them in a performance of "Rigoletto." Jean, however, knows that she is long past her prime and is reluctant to sully the memory of her once-lovely voice.

Golden Globe (2012) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Downton Abbey (2010)

Maggie Smith as "Violet"

This British drama series follows the lives of the Crawley family and its servants in the family's classic Georgian country house. The series begins with the 1912 sinking of the Titanic, which leaves Downton Abbey's future in jeopardy, since the presumptive heirs of Robert, Earl of Grantham -- his cousin James, and James' son, Patrick -- die in the catastrophe, leaving the family without a male offspring to take over Downton when the current lord dies. The point is important since Lord Grantham's children are daughters -- Ladies Mary, Edith and Sybil, but the facets of their lives and of those of the below-stairs staff -- also a highly regimented world -- have fascinating story lines.

Emmy (Primetime) (2014) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014) Nominated Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014) Won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Emmy (Primetime) (2013) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Golden Globe (2013) Won Best Performance by An Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013) Won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012) Nominated Supporting Actress
Emmy (Primetime) (2012) Won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Golden Globe (2012) Nominated Best Performance by An Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Emmy (Primetime) (2011) Won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

Maggie Smith as "Muriel Donnelly"

Some British retirees (Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy) decide to outsource their retirement to exotic -- and less expensive -- India. Lured by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and imagining a life of leisure in lush surroundings, they arrive and find that the Marigold is actually a shell of its former self. Though their new home is not quite what they had imagined, the retirees find that life and love can begin again when they let go of their pasts.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Capturing Mary (2007)

Maggie Smith as "Mary Gilbert"

An older woman makes a dark exploration of her past.

Emmy (Primetime) (2010) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Gosford Park (2001)

Maggie Smith as "Constance, Countess of Trentham"

Robert Altman, one of America's most distinctive filmmakers, journeys to England for the first time to create a unique film mosaic with an outstanding ensemble cast. Set in the 1930's, "Gosford Park" brings a group of pretentious rich and famous together for a weekend of relaxation at a hunting resort. But when a murder occurs, each one of these interesting characters becomes a suspect.

Academy Award (2001) Nominated Best Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2001) Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Golden Globe (2001) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2001) Won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Tea With Mussolini (1999)

Maggie Smith as "Lady Hester Random"

In 1930s fascist Italy, adolescent Luca (Charlie Lucas) just lost his mother. His father, a callous businessman, sends him to be taken care of by British expatriate Mary Wallace (Joan Plowright). Mary and her cultured friends -- including artist Arabella (Judi Dench), young widow Elsa (Cher) and archaeologist Georgie (Lily Tomlin) -- keep a watchful eye over the boy. But the women's cultivated lives take a dramatic turn when Allied forces declare war on Mussolini.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999) Won Actress in a Supporting Role

The Secret Garden (1993)

Maggie Smith as "Mrs. Medlock"

Adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic fairy tale, "The Secret Garden." Mary Lennox (Kate Maberly) is an orphan sent to live with her uncle at his mansion that is full of secrets. She discovers a crippled cousin she never knew she had and a neglected garden she is determined to bring back to life.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1993) Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role

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