Dame Margaret Natalie ('Maggie') Smith(1934-), Actress
Sitter in 11 portraits
Born in Ilford, Smith studied at the Oxford Playhouse School and appeared in revue in the 1950s before joining the Old Vic (1959-60). In 1964 she played Desdemona in Othello opposite Laurence Olivier at the National Theatre, and was nominated for an Oscar the following year for her film performance in that role. Other memorable film roles include those in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1968), for which she won an Oscar, A Private Function (1984), A Room with a View (1986) and Tea with Mussolini (1999). Smith is also known for playing Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter films and the Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey, for which she won two Emmy awards.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below
Recommended Exhibitions & displays
- Contemporary Collection Display
Until 3 February 2019