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date: 15 September 2019

Smith, Dame Maggie, (Dame Margaret Natalie Cross) free

CH 2014; DBE 1990 (CBE 1970)

Born 28 Dec. 1934; d of Nathaniel Smith and Margaret Little (née Hutton); m 1st, 1967, Robert Graham Stephens (later Sir Robert Stephens) (marr. diss. 1975; he d 1995); two s; 2nd, 1975, Beverley Cross (d 1998)

actress; Director, United British Artists, since 1982


Oxford High School for Girls


Studied at Oxford Playhouse School under Isabel van Beers. First appearance, June 1952, as Viola in OUDS Twelfth Night; 1st New York appearance, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, June 1956, as comedienne in New Faces. Played in Share My Lettuce, Lyric, Hammersmith, 1957; The Stepmother, St Martin’s, 1958. Old Vic Co., 1959–60 season: The Double Dealer; As You Like It; Richard II; The Merry Wives of Windsor; What Every Woman Knows; Rhinoceros, Strand, 1960; Strip the Willow, Cambridge, 1960; The Rehearsal, Globe, 1961; The Private Ear and The Public Eye (Evening Standard Drama Award, best actress of 1962), Globe, 1962; Mary, Mary, Queen’s, 1963 (Variety Club of Gt Britain, best actress of the year); The Country Wife, Chichester, 1969; Design for Living, LA, 1971; Private Lives, Queen’s, 1972, Globe, 1973, NY, 1975 (Variety Club of GB Stage Actress Award, 1972); Peter Pan, Coliseum, 1973; Snap, Vaudeville, 1974; Night and Day, Phoenix, 1979; Virginia, Haymarket, 1981 (Standard Best Actress Award, 1982); The Way of the World, Chichester and Haymarket, 1984 (Standard Best Actress Award, 1985); Interpreters, Queen’s, 1985; Lettice and Lovage, Globe, 1987, NY, 1990 (Tony Award, best leading actress, 1990); The Importance of Being Earnest, Aldwych, 1993; Three Tall Women, Wyndham’s, 1994, 1995; Talking Heads, Chichester, 1996, Comedy Theatre, 1997, Australian tour, 2004; A Delicate Balance, Haymarket, 1997; Lady in the Van, Queen’s, 1999; The Breath of Life, Haymarket, 2002; The Lady from Dubuque, Haymarket, 2007; at National Theatre: The Recruiting Officer, 1963; Othello, The Master Builder, Hay Fever, 1964; Much Ado About Nothing, Miss Julie, 1965; A Bond Honoured, 1966; The Beaux’ Stratagem, 1970 (also USA); Hedda Gabler, 1970 (Evening Standard Best Actress award); War Plays, 1985; Coming in to Land, 1986; at Festival Theatre, Stratford, Ontario: 1976: Antony and Cleopatra, The Way of the World, Measure for Measure, The Three Sisters; 1977: Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III, The Guardsman, As You Like It, Hay Fever; 1978: As You Like It, Macbeth, Private Lives; 1980: Virginia; Much Ado About Nothing. Films: The VIP’s, 1963; The Pumpkin Eater, 1964; Young Cassidy, 1965; Othello, 1966; The Honey Pot, 1967; Hot Millions, 1968 (Variety Club of GB Award); The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 1968 (Oscar; SFTA award); Oh! What a Lovely War, 1968; Love and Pain (and the Whole Damned Thing), 1973; Travels with my Aunt, 1973; Murder by Death, 1976; California Suite, 1977 (Oscar); Death on the Nile, 1978; Quartet, 1981; Clash of the Titans, 1981; Evil Under the Sun, 1982; The Missionary, 1982; A Private Function, 1984 (BAFTA award, Best Actress, 1985); The Loves of Lily, 1985; A Room with a View, 1986 (Variety Club of GB Award; BAFTA award, Best Actress, 1986); The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearn, 1989 (Evening Standard British Films Award, 1988, and Best Film Actress BAFTA Award, 1988); Hook, 1992; Sister Act, 1992; The Secret Garden, 1993; Sister Act II, 1994; Richard III, 1996; The First Wives Club, 1996; Washington Square, 1998; Tea with Mussolini, 1999 (Best Supporting Actress, BAFTA, 2000); The Last September, 2000; Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, 2001; Gosford Park, 2002; Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, 2002; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 2002; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 2004; Ladies in Lavender, 2004; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2005; Keeping Mum, 2005; Becoming Jane, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 2007; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, 2009; Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, From Time to Time, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, 2010, Part 2, 2011; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Quartet, 2012; My Old Lady, 2014; The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Lady in the Van, 2015 (Evening Standard Best Actress Award, 2016); Nothing Like a Dame, 2018; television: Talking Heads: Bed Among the Lentils, 1989 (RTS Award); Memento Mori, 1992; Suddenly Last Summer, 1993; All The King’s Men, 1999; David Copperfield, 1999; My House in Umbria, 2003 (Emmy Award for Best Actress); Capturing Mary, 2007; Downton Abbey, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 (Best Supporting Actress, Emmy Award, 2011 and 2012, Golden Globe Awards, 2012, Best Actress in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards, 2014). Fellow: BFI; BAFTA. Hon. DLitt: St Andrews, 1971; Cambridge, 1995. Hanbury Shakespeare Prize, 1991




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