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Maggie Smith

Dame Margaret Natalie "Maggie" Smith, DBE is an English film, stage and television actress. She made her stage debut in 1952 and has had an extensive career in stage, film and television spanning over sixty years. She has won numerous awards for acting, including seven BAFTA Awards, two Academy Awards, three Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards and a Tony Award. Smith is one the few actresses to have won the Triple Crown of Acting. Her critically acclaimed films include Othello, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Travels with My Aunt, California Suite, Clash of the Titans, A Room with a View, Gosford Park and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. She has also appeared in a number of widely popular films, including Hook, both Sister Act films, and as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter film series. She currently stars in the critically acclaimed drama Downton Abbey as Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, for which she has won a Golden Globe and two consecutive Emmy awards. In September 2012, she was honoured with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s Legacy Award. She accepted the award, presented to her by Christopher Plummer, in a star-studded ceremony at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

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