Dame Maggie Smith
Dame Maggie Smith has had a distinguished career in theatre, film and television. She has won two Oscars for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and California Suite and numerous other awards for performances on stage and on film and on television. She is known worldwide as Professor McGonagall in all the Harry Potter films and as the Dowager Duchess in Downton Abbey on ITV. She has been honoured with the CBE and DBE and most recently has been made a Companion of Honour. She received the Hamburg Shakespeare Prize in 1991, is a Fellow of the British Film Institute, and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from BAFTA in 1993. She is an Honorary D.Litt of Cambridge University and of St Andrews, and is a patron of the Jane Austen Society. She is also a Vice-President of the Royal Theatrical Fund.
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