Dame Maggie Smith
Dame Margaret Natalie “Maggie” Smith: born December 28, 1934 (Capricorn)
Fiesty Maggie Smith has acted for 60 years
Spirited Maggie Smith is a veteran performer of stage, film and television with more than 60 years of acting under her belt. Smith is most famous for playing the crusty but loveable Countess Violet on Downton Abbey, but her other most famous role in recent times is the formidable Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter film series. Dame Maggie is an Emmy award winning actor, but she also earned an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1969 in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
Maggie Smith’s impressive list of friends includes another grande dame of film, Judy Dench. They often work together and have also worked with each other’s children. Maggie worked with Finty Williams in Gosford Park and Dench worked with Toby Stephens in Die Another Day.
In 2008, Maggie Smith survived breast cancer. She had a tumor removed and underwent chemotherapy. Fans of Dame Maggie Smith can rest assured that this feisty actress will be around for a good many more years.
Smith is magic in Harry Potter