British actress Maggie Smith has been entertaining audiences worldwide for over 60 years. She is well-known for her role as Professor Minerva McGonagall in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) and she continued in the role through the rest of the series. Maggie has made a great impact on audiences in her supporting roles in some of the greatest films produced.
You may also remember Maggie in her role as Granny Wendy in the ever popular movie Hook (1991) alongside Dustin Hoffman as Hook and Robin Williams as Peter Pan. Her flare for the dramatic is seen in her acting style and the characters that she portrays. Maggie's characters are presented in a proper and classy style that has become her trademark, which is a part of her own unique personality that is incorporated into her characters. Maggie is truly one of a kind.
Her role as mother superior in Sister Act (1992) with comedic actress Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie shows that she is able to periodically interject humor into her characters while maintaining the stiff upper lip propriety that she is known for. In a similar fashion, yet contrasting role, her role as Mrs. Medlock in The Secret Garden (1993), Smith portrays a conniving caretaker who is cruel in nature in this classic family drama.
Most recently, Maggie has appeared in the role of Violet Crawley in the television series Downtown Abbey (2010-13). She is currently slated to appear in the films My Old Lady (2014) as Mathilde Girard and in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 (no date), which has just been announced.