Maggie Smith

Dame Margaret Natalie Smith CH DBE (born 28 December 1934) 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. She was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990 for contributions to the performing arts, and a Companion of Honour in 2014 for services to drama. 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). She received the Society of London Theatre Special Award in 2010. 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 ...

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Sister Act (1992)

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A Reno singer witnesses a mob murder and the cops stash her in a nunnery to protect her from the mob's hitmen. The mother superior does not trust her, and takes steps to limit her influence on the other nuns. Eventually the singer rescues the failing choir and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Emile Ardolino
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Maggie Smith  •  Kathy Najimy  •  Wendy Makkena

A Reno singer witnesses a mob murder and the cops stash her in a nunnery to protect her from the mob's hitmen. The mother superior does not trust her, and takes steps to limit her influence on the other nuns. Eventually the singer rescues the failing choir and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Emile Ardolino
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Maggie Smith  •  Kathy Najimy  •  Wendy Makkena

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)

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Deloris Van Cartier is again asked to don the nun's habit to help a run-down Catholic school, presided over by Mother Superior. And if trying to reach out to a class full of uninterested students wasn't bad enough, the sisters discover that the school is due to be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Duke
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Kathy Najimy  •  James Coburn  •  Barnard Hughes

Deloris Van Cartier is again asked to don the nun's habit to help a run-down Catholic school, presided over by Mother Superior. And if trying to reach out to a class full of uninterested students wasn't bad enough, the sisters discover that the school is due to be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Duke
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Kathy Najimy  •  James Coburn  •  Barnard Hughes

The First Wives Club (1996)

After years of helping their hubbies climb the ladder of success, three mid-life Manhattanites have been dumped for a newer, curvier model. But the trio is determined to turn their pain into gain. They come up with a cleverly devious plan to hit their exes where it ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hugh Wilson
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  Goldie Hawn  •  Diane Keaton  •  Maggie Smith

After years of helping their hubbies climb the ladder of success, three mid-life Manhattanites have been dumped for a newer, curvier model. But the trio is determined to turn their pain into gain. They come up with a cleverly devious plan to hit their exes where it ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hugh Wilson
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  Goldie Hawn  •  Diane Keaton  •  Maggie Smith

The Secret Garden (1993)

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A young British girl born and reared in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle's castle. Her uncle is very distant due to the loss of his wife ten years before. Neglected once again, she begins exploring ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Agnieszka Holland
CAST:  Kate Maberly  •  Heydon Prowse  •  Andrew Knott  •  Maggie Smith

A young British girl born and reared in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle's castle. Her uncle is very distant due to the loss of his wife ten years before. Neglected once again, she begins exploring ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Agnieszka Holland
CAST:  Kate Maberly  •  Heydon Prowse  •  Andrew Knott  •  Maggie Smith

The Pumpkin Eater (1964)

Jo, the mother of seven children, divorces her second husband in order to marry Jake, a successful but promiscuous screenwriter. Though they are physically and emotionally compatible, they are slowly torn apart.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Clayton
CAST:  Anne Bancroft  •  Peter Finch  •  James Mason  •  Janine Gray

Jo, the mother of seven children, divorces her second husband in order to marry Jake, a successful but promiscuous screenwriter. Though they are physically and emotionally compatible, they are slowly torn apart.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Clayton
CAST:  Anne Bancroft  •  Peter Finch  •  James Mason  •  Janine Gray

Tea with Mussolini (1999)

Semi-autobiographical film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, telling the story of young Italian boy Luca's upbringing by a circle of English and American women, before and during World War II.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franco Zeffirelli
CAST:  Cher  •  Maggie Smith  •  Judi Dench  •  Lily Tomlin

Semi-autobiographical film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, telling the story of young Italian boy Luca's upbringing by a circle of English and American women, before and during World War II.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franco Zeffirelli
CAST:  Cher  •  Maggie Smith  •  Judi Dench  •  Lily Tomlin

The V.I.P.s (1963)

Wealthy passengers fogged in at London's Heathrow Airport fight to survive a variety of personal trials.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Asquith
CAST:  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Richard Burton  •  Louis Jourdan  •  Elsa Martinelli

Wealthy passengers fogged in at London's Heathrow Airport fight to survive a variety of personal trials.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Asquith
CAST:  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Richard Burton  •  Louis Jourdan  •  Elsa Martinelli

Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)

A version of Shakespeare's play, set in the world of warring indoor and outdoor gnomes. Garden gnomes Gnomeo and Juliet have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kelly Asbury
CAST:  Jason Statham  •  Emily Blunt  •  James McAvoy  •  Michael Caine

A version of Shakespeare's play, set in the world of warring indoor and outdoor gnomes. Garden gnomes Gnomeo and Juliet have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kelly Asbury
CAST:  Jason Statham  •  Emily Blunt  •  James McAvoy  •  Michael Caine

Becoming Jane (2007)

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A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julian Jarrold
CAST:  Anne Hathaway  •  James McAvoy  •  Julie Walters  •  James Cromwell

A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julian Jarrold
CAST:  Anne Hathaway  •  James McAvoy  •  Julie Walters  •  James Cromwell

The Honey Pot (1967)

A millionaire fakes a terminal illness to fleece his former girlfriends.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Rex Harrison  •  Susan Hayward  •  Capucine  •  Maggie Smith

A millionaire fakes a terminal illness to fleece his former girlfriends.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Rex Harrison  •  Susan Hayward  •  Capucine  •  Maggie Smith

Hot Millions (1968)

A con-artist (Peter Ustinov) gains employment at an insurance company in order to embezzle money by re-programming their "new" wonder computer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eric Till
CAST:  Peter Ustinov  •  Maggie Smith  •  Karl Malden  •  Bob Newhart

A con-artist (Peter Ustinov) gains employment at an insurance company in order to embezzle money by re-programming their "new" wonder computer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eric Till
CAST:  Peter Ustinov  •  Maggie Smith  •  Karl Malden  •  Bob Newhart

Better Late Than Never (1983)

Two men show up claiming to be the grandfather of a child heiress.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bryan Forbes
CAST:  David Niven  •  Art Carney  •  Maggie Smith  •  Catherine Hicks

Two men show up claiming to be the grandfather of a child heiress.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bryan Forbes
CAST:  David Niven  •  Art Carney  •  Maggie Smith  •  Catherine Hicks

Suddenly, Last Summer (1993)

Catharine Holly, a poor relation of a prominent New Orleans family, seems to be insane after her cousin Sebastian dies under mysterious circumstances on a trip to Europe. Sebastian's mother, Violet Venable, trying to cloud the truth about her son's homosexuality ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Eyre
CAST:  Maggie Smith  •  Natasha Richardson  •  Rob Lowe  •  Richard E. Grant

Catharine Holly, a poor relation of a prominent New Orleans family, seems to be insane after her cousin Sebastian dies under mysterious circumstances on a trip to Europe. Sebastian's mother, Violet Venable, trying to cloud the truth about her son's homosexuality ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Eyre
CAST:  Maggie Smith  •  Natasha Richardson  •  Rob Lowe  •  Richard E. Grant

The Last September (2000)

In 1920s Ireland, an elderly couple reside over a tired country estate. Living with them are their high-spirited niece, their Oxford student nephew, and married house guests, who are trying to cover up that they are presently homeless. The niece enjoys romantic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Deborah Warner
CAST:  Michael Gambon  •  Maggie Smith  •  Keeley Hawes  •  David Tennant

In 1920s Ireland, an elderly couple reside over a tired country estate. Living with them are their high-spirited niece, their Oxford student nephew, and married house guests, who are trying to cover up that they are presently homeless. The niece enjoys romantic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Deborah Warner
CAST:  Michael Gambon  •  Maggie Smith  •  Keeley Hawes  •  David Tennant

A Private Function (1984)

In the summer of 1947, Britain prepares to commemorate the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. To get around food-rationing laws, Dr. Charles Swaby, accountant Henry Allardyce and solicitor Frank Lockwood are fattening a black-market pig for the big ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Malcolm Mowbray
CAST:  Michael Palin  •  Maggie Smith  •  Richard Griffiths  •  Denholm Elliott

In the summer of 1947, Britain prepares to commemorate the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. To get around food-rationing laws, Dr. Charles Swaby, accountant Henry Allardyce and solicitor Frank Lockwood are fattening a black-market pig for the big ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Malcolm Mowbray
CAST:  Michael Palin  •  Maggie Smith  •  Richard Griffiths  •  Denholm Elliott

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

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British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways as the residents find new purpose in their old age.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Madden
CAST:  Bill Nighy  •  Maggie Smith  •  Tom Wilkinson  •  Judi Dench

British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways as the residents find new purpose in their old age.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Madden
CAST:  Bill Nighy  •  Maggie Smith  •  Tom Wilkinson  •  Judi Dench

Quartet (2012)

The directorial debut of Dustin Hoffman, Quartet is a high-drama comedy about temperamental divas and old grudges, passion and pride, romance and Rigoletto. At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dustin Hoffman
CAST:  Pauline Collins  •  Billy Connolly  •  Tom Courtenay  •  Michael Gambon

The directorial debut of Dustin Hoffman, Quartet is a high-drama comedy about temperamental divas and old grudges, passion and pride, romance and Rigoletto. At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dustin Hoffman
CAST:  Pauline Collins  •  Billy Connolly  •  Tom Courtenay  •  Michael Gambon

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

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Harry, Ron and Hermione continue their quest to vanquish the evil Voldemort once and for all. Just as things begin to look hopeless for the young wizards, Harry discovers a trio of magical objects that endow him with powers to rival Voldemort's formidable skills.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Yates
CAST:  Daniel Radcliffe  •  Rupert Grint  •  Emma Watson  •  Alan Rickman

Harry, Ron and Hermione continue their quest to vanquish the evil Voldemort once and for all. Just as things begin to look hopeless for the young wizards, Harry discovers a trio of magical objects that endow him with powers to rival Voldemort's formidable skills.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Yates
CAST:  Daniel Radcliffe  •  Rupert Grint  •  Emma Watson  •  Alan Rickman

Child in the House (1956)

A lonely child must stay with her uncaring aunt and uncle after her mother is hospitalized. Her estranged father is a fugitive. For love and companionship, the eleven-year old girl becomes friends with the housemaid. When at long last, she meets her dad, she must ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cy Endfield
CAST:  Phyllis Calvert  •  Eric Portman  •  Stanley Baker  •  Mandy Miller

A lonely child must stay with her uncaring aunt and uncle after her mother is hospitalized. Her estranged father is a fugitive. For love and companionship, the eleven-year old girl becomes friends with the housemaid. When at long last, she meets her dad, she must ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cy Endfield
CAST:  Phyllis Calvert  •  Eric Portman  •  Stanley Baker  •  Mandy Miller

Evil Under the Sun (1982)

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Trying to find how a millionaire wound up with a phony diamond brings Hercule Poirot to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Guy Hamilton
CAST:  Peter Ustinov  •  Jane Birkin  •  Nicholas Clay  •  Maggie Smith

Trying to find how a millionaire wound up with a phony diamond brings Hercule Poirot to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Guy Hamilton
CAST:  Peter Ustinov  •  Jane Birkin  •  Nicholas Clay  •  Maggie Smith
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