Throughout her long career, Maggie Smith has starred in many movies, including "The Lady in the Van," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and its sequel, and "My Old Lady." Smith played Professor Minerva McGonagall in all of the "Harry Potter" franchise movies, and she was the voice of Lady Bluebury in "Gnomeo and Juliet." Smith has also starred in "From Time to Time," "Becoming Jane," "Ladies in Lavender" "Nanny McPhee Returns" and "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood."
Maggie Smith's first acting roles were in the theater, and her first film appearance was an uncredited role in the movie "Child in the House" in 1956. Later in her career, she received particularly positive reviews for her portrayal of the aristocrat Constance Trentham in "Gosford Park."
Smith earned two Academy Awards, one for her role in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and one for her role in "California Suite." Smith earned a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Miss Shepherd in "The Lady in the Van," and she has received British Academy Film Awards for her roles in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," "A Private Function," "A Room with a View" and "The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne."