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  • Maggie Smith

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

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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.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015) Won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
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) Won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor 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

Maggie Smith in the news

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'Downton Abbey' Will End After Season 6: Report

Posted by
Katie Roberts on Mar 23rd 2015, 12:35PM

Mar 23rd 2015, 12:35PM

#TBT: Maggie Smith Through the Years

Posted by
Alana Altmann on Mar 5th 2015, 10:00AM

Mar 5th 2015, 10:00AM

The Dowager Countess Is Leaving 'Downton Abbey'

Posted by
Kelly Woo on Mar 3rd 2015, 5:30AM

Mar 3rd 2015, 5:30AM

'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2': Richard Gere Checks In

Posted by
Drew Taylor on Jan 10th 2014, 12:00PM

Jan 10th 2014, 12:00PM

'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Is Getting a Sequel

Posted by
Katie Roberts on Oct 29th 2013, 1:30PM

Oct 29th 2013, 1:30PM

Popcorn Preview: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Posted by
Leslie Sisman on May 4th 2012, 7:33AM

May 4th 2012, 7:33AM

How to 'Find Yourself' Abroad, According To The Movies

Posted by
on Mar 8th 2012, 8:06AM

Mar 8th 2012, 8:06AM

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2' Review: A Muggle Couldn't Ask for More

Posted by
Aiden Redmond on Jul 15th 2011, 5:00AM

Jul 15th 2011, 5:00AM

Who're You Calling 'Old'? Senior Citizens Who Kick Ass (in the Movies)

Posted by
Sharon Knolle on Oct 14th 2010, 12:20PM

Oct 14th 2010, 12:20PM

'Gnomeo and Juliet': The Film Your Garden Gnome Would Be Proud Of

Posted by
Jenni Miller on Sep 22nd 2010, 2:18PM

Sep 22nd 2010, 2:18PM

Review: Nanny McPhee Returns

Posted by
Joe Utichi on Aug 20th 2010, 7:15AM

Aug 20th 2010, 7:15AM

'Clash of the Titans': Where Are They Now?

Posted by
Jason Newman on Mar 26th 2010, 12:00PM

Mar 26th 2010, 12:00PM

Image Acquires Rights to George Harrison's Handmade Library Titles

Posted by
Alison Nastasi on Mar 17th 2010, 11:15AM

Mar 17th 2010, 11:15AM

Dustin Hoffman, Finally a Director

Posted by
Peter Martin on Mar 16th 2010, 3:50PM

Mar 16th 2010, 3:50PM

Jeffrey M. Anderson's 400 Screens, 400 Blows - Early Kudos

Posted by
Jeffrey M. Anderson on Oct 25th 2007, 8:05AM

Oct 25th 2007, 8:05AM

New Poster Released for 'Becoming Jane'

Posted by
Ryan Stewart on Jun 24th 2007, 10:01AM

Jun 24th 2007, 10:01AM

Julian Fellowes to Direct 'From Time to Time'

Posted by
Christopher Campbell on May 10th 2007, 4:03PM

May 10th 2007, 4:03PM

Go Westwood, Brian Grazer

Posted by
Christopher Campbell on Sep 12th 2006, 1:02PM

Sep 12th 2006, 1:02PM

Vintage Image of the Day: RIP Muriel Spark

Posted by
Jette Kernion on Apr 18th 2006, 4:02AM

Apr 18th 2006, 4:02AM

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