Actor of the Week (National Treasure No.4): MAGGIE SMITH


Age: 85

Birthday: 28th December


Dame Maggie Smith is an English actress. She has had an extensive career on stage, film, and television which began in the mid-1950s. Smith has appeared in more than 60 films and over 70 plays, and is one of Britain's most recognisable actresses.





Smith began her career on stage as a student, performing at the Oxford Playhouse in 1952, and made her professional debut on Broadway in New Faces of '56. For her work on the London stage, she has won a record six Best Actress Evening Standard Awards: for The Private Ear, and The Public Eye (both 1962), Hedda Gabler (1970), Virginia (1981), The Way of the World (1984), Three Tall Women (1994) and A German Life (2019). She received Tony Award nominations for Private Lives (1975) and Night and Day (1979), before winning the 1990 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for Lettice and Lovage. She appeared in Stratford Shakespeare Festival productions of Antony and Cleopatra (1976) and Macbeth (1978), and West End productions of A Delicate Balance (1997) and The Breath of Life (2002).



On screen, Smith first drew praise for the crime film Nowhere to Go (1958), for which she received her first nomination for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award. She has won two Academy Awards, winning Best Actress for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) and Best Supporting Actress for California Suite (1978). She is one of only seven actresses to have won in both categories.She has won a record four BAFTA Awards for Best Actress, including for A Private Function (1984) and The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1988), a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress for Tea with Mussolini (1999), and three Golden Globe Awards. She received four other Oscar nominations that were for Othello (1965), Travels with My Aunt (1972), A Room with a View (1986), and Gosford Park (2001).





Smith played Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter film series (2001–2011). Her other films include Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing (1973), Death on the Nile (1978), Clash of the Titans (1981), Evil Under the Sun (1982), Hook (1991), Sister Act (1992), Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), The Secret Garden (1993), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012), and The Lady in the Van (2015). She starred as Lady Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, on Downton Abbey (2010–2015).



ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS: 6 WINS: 2

2002 - Best Supporting Actress: GOSFORD PARK

1987 - Best Supporting Actress: A ROOM WITH A VIEW

1979 - WIN: Best Supporting Actress: CALIFORNIA SUITE

1973 - Best Leading Actress: TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT

1970 - WIN: Best Leading Actress: THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE

1966 - Best Supporting Actress: OTHELLO


BAFTA NOMINATIONS: 18 WINS: 5

2016 - Best Leading Actress: THE LADY IN THE VAN

2012 - Best Supporting TV Actress: DOWNTON ABBEY

2002 - Best Supporting Actress: GOSFORD PARK

2000 - WIN: Best Supporting Actress: TEA WITH MUSSOLINI

2000 - Best Leading TV Actress: DAVID COPPERFIELD

1994 - Best Supporting Actress: THE SECRET GARDEN

1993 - Best Leading TV Actress: SCREEN TWO

1989 - WIN: Best Leading Actress: THE LONELY PASSION OF JUDITH HEARNE

1989 - Best Leading TV Actress: TALKING HEADS

1987 - WIN: Best Supporting Actress: A ROOM WITH A VIEW

1985 - WIN: Best Leading Actress: A PRIVATE FUNCTION

1984 - Best Leading TV Actress: ALL FOR LOVE

1982 - Best Leading Actress: QUARTET

1980 - Best Supporting Actress: CALIFORNIA SUITE

1979 - Best Supporting Actress: DEATH ON THE NILE

1970 - WIN: Best Leading Actress: THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE

1966 - Best Leading Actress: YOUNG CASSIDY

1959 - Best Leading Actress: NOWHERE TO GO


GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS: 12 WIN: 3

2016 - Best Leading Actress: THE LADY IN THE VAN

2013 - WIN: Best Supporting TV Actress: DOWNTON ABBEY

2013 - Best Leading Actress: QUARTET

2012 - Best Supporting TV Actress: DOWNTON ABBEY

2004 - Best Leading TV Actress: MY HOUSE IN UMBRIA

2002 - Best Supporting Actress: GOSFORD PARK

1987 - WIN: Best Supporting Actress: A ROOM WITH A VIEW

1980 - WIN: Best Supporting Actress: CALIFORNIA SUITE

1973 - Best Leading Actress: TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT

1979 - Best Supporting Actress: DEATH ON THE NILE

1970 - Best Leading Actress: THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE

1966 - Best Leading Actress: OTHELLO

1964 - Best Leading Actress: THE V.I.P.'s




How do you rate Dame Maggie Smith's movies?






WATCH MAGGIE SMITH THIS WEEK


ON TV:



FILM: Downton Abbey (2019)

Friday 26th June, Sky Premiere, 11:05am / 8:00pm

You can catch the TV Series on Amazon Prime and Season 4 is currently running on ITV3 on weekdays. But here is the movie with Smith stealing scenes as always.



FILM: The Lady in the Van (2015) (Age 12)

Friday 26th June, BBC1, 11:45pm

Smith is fantastic in this true story based on a memoir by Talking Heads writer Alan Bennett.


ON NETFLIX:


FILM: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

Smith and her good friend, Dame Judi Dench, returned for the sequel to the popular oldies in India romantic comedy drama.



What's your favourite Maggie Smith performance / film?













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