awards & nominations

The Lady in the Van (2015)

Maggie Smith as "Miss Shepherd"

In 1973 London, playwright Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) develops an unlikely friendship with Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a homeless woman who lives in a van in his driveway for the next 15 years.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)NominatedLeading Actress
Golden Globe (2015)NominatedBest Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

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)NominatedBest 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) (2016)WonOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2016)NominatedOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2016)WonOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015)WonOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015)NominatedOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Emmy (Primetime) (2014)NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)WonOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)NominatedOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Emmy (Primetime) (2013)NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Golden Globe (2013)WonBest Performance by An Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)NominatedOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)WonOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)NominatedSupporting Actress
Emmy (Primetime) (2012)WonOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Golden Globe (2012)NominatedBest Performance by An Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012)NominatedOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Emmy (Primetime) (2011)WonOutstanding 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)NominatedOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)NominatedOutstanding 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)NominatedOutstanding 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)NominatedActress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2001)NominatedActress in a Supporting Role
Golden Globe (2001)NominatedBest Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2001)WonOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture