“There is a kind of invisible thread between the actor and the audience, and when it's there it's stunning, and there is nothing to match that.”
“The performances you have in your head are always much better than the performances on stage.”
“It's true I don't tolerate fools but then they don't tolerate me, so I am spiky. Maybe that's why I'm quite good at playing spiky elderly ladies.”
Maggie Smith (born Margaret Natalie Smith in Ilford, United Kingdom, on December 28, 1934), is an English film, television, and stage actress. Despite having a career spanning over 60 years, she is known across the world as Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter series and as the Dowager Countess of Grantham on the television series Downton Abbey. She has been nominated for six Oscars and won two for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and California Suite. Maggie was appointed a Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1990.
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Maggie Smith is best known for her role as Professor McGonagall in all eight Harry Potter films and as the Dowager Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey.
Maggie Smith married actor Robert Stephens in 1967 and had two sons, Chris Larkin and Toby Stephens. Maggie divorced Robert in 1974. She re-married to playwright Beverley Cross in 1975; he died in 1998. Maggie was diagnosed with Graves disease in 1988 and breast cancer in 2008.