Born: 28 December 1934
Birthplace: Ilford, Essex, England
Best known as: The star of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
<p>Name at birth: Margaret Natalie Smith</p>Dame Maggie Smith is an Oscar, Emmy and Tony winner, best known to modern audiences as the Dowager Countess of Grantham in the TV series Downton Abbey
and Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter
film series. Smith got her start on the English stage in the 1952, and it was there she earned her reputation as a mannered actress with wicked comic timing. Her forays into film were relatively few, but she did well, earning a best actress Oscar for 1969's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
and a best supporting actress Oscar for 1978's California Suite
. Smith has also won Emmys, one for 2003's My House in Umbria
and two for her role in Downton Abbey
(in 2011 and 2012). She won a Tony in 1990 for Lettice and Lovage
. Smith was also nominated for the Academy Award for her roles in Othello
(1965), Travels with My Aunt
(1972), A Room with a View
(1985) and Gosford Park
Maggie Smith was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) in 1990.
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