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A stage and screen actress of enormous range, Maggie Smith -- the daughter of an Oxford pathologist --was born Dec. 28, 1934, in Ilford, England. She made her professional debut at the Oxford Playhouse in a 1952 production of "Twelfth Night."

Smith hasn't looked back since, appearing constantly in movies and plays. In 2003, she became one of only 17 performers to have won the acting "Triple Crown," with coveted Oscar (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, California Suite), Tony ("Lettice and Lovage") and Emmy awards (My House in Umbria).

While more mature audiences will remember Smith best for films such as Richard III (1995) and Tea with Mussolini (1999), a new generation of fans has come to adore her as the headmistress of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter movies. In 2010, Smith was again Emmy-nominated for her stellar performance in the telefilm "Capturing Mary."

Maggie Smith in The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

2015 PG-13

In this touching human drama adapted from writer Alan Bennett's bestselling memoir, he befriends the elderly Miss Shepherd, who's living in a van that's been parked in his driveway for 15 years.

  • Maggie Smith in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Maggie Smith in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey Downton Abbey
  • Maggie Smith in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Maggie Smith in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Maggie Smith in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Maggie Smith in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Maggie Smith in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Maggie Smith in My Old Lady My Old Lady
  • Maggie Smith in The Secret Garden The Secret Garden
  • Maggie Smith in Gosford Park Gosford Park
  • Maggie Smith in Clash of the Titans Clash of the Titans
  • Maggie Smith in Quartet Quartet
  • Maggie Smith in A Room with a View A Room with a View
  • Maggie Smith in Ladies in Lavender Ladies in Lavender
  • Maggie Smith in Hook Hook
  • Maggie Smith in Becoming Jane Becoming Jane
  • Maggie Smith in Nanny McPhee Returns Nanny McPhee Returns
  • Maggie Smith in Gnomeo and Juliet Gnomeo and Juliet
  • Maggie Smith in Sister Act Sister Act
  • Maggie Smith in Tea with Mussolini Tea with Mussolini
  • Maggie Smith in My House in Umbria My House in Umbria
  • Maggie Smith in The First Wives Club The First Wives Club
  • Maggie Smith in Murder by Death Murder by Death
  • Maggie Smith in Charles Dickens: David Copperfield Charles Dickens: David Copperfield
  • Maggie Smith in The V.I.P.s The V.I.P.s
  • Maggie Smith in California Suite California Suite
  • Maggie Smith in Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
  • Maggie Smith in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
  • Maggie Smith in The Millionairess / Talking Heads The Millionairess / Talking Heads
  • Maggie Smith in Death on the Nile Death on the Nile
  • Maggie Smith in Othello Othello
  • Maggie Smith in Agatha Christie's Evil Under the Sun Agatha Christie's Evil Under the Sun
  • Maggie Smith in The Millionairess The Millionairess
  • Maggie Smith in Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing
  • Maggie Smith in Quartet Quartet
  • Maggie Smith in The Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice
  • Maggie Smith in Suddenly, Last Summer Suddenly, Last Summer
  • Maggie Smith in The Last September The Last September
  • Maggie Smith in The Best of the Tony Awards: The Plays The Best of the Tony Awards: The Plays