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THE LADY IN THE VAN

DAME MAGGIE SMITH made her debut with the Oxford University Drama Society (OUDS) as Viola in 1952 and since been awarded two Academy Awards, countless best actress nods, and has been honoured with both the CBE and DBE. In 2014 she was honoured to be made a Companion of Honour by Her Majesty the Queen. She received the Hamburg Shakespeare Prize in 1991, is a Fellow of the British Film Institute, and was awarded a Silver BAFTA in 1993. She is an Honorary D.Litt of Cambridge University and St Andrews, and is a patron of the Jane Austen Society. Her theatre credits include: AS YOU LIKE IT, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, RICHARD II and WHAT EVERY WOMAN KNOWS. In 1963 she joined the National Theatre at the Old Vic and appeared in OTHELLO playing Desdemona opposite Laurence Olivier, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, MISS JULIE, THE RECRUITING OFFICER, HAY FEVER, THE MASTER BUILDER, BLACK COMEDY, THE BEAUX' STRATAGEM, THE THREE SISTERS, HEDDA GABLER and COMING IN TO LAND for Peter Hall at the RNT. In several seasons at Stratford, Ontario, between 1976 and 1980 she appeared in ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, THE WAY OF THE WORLD, THE THREE SISTERS, THE GUARDSMAN, AS YOU LIKE IT, MACBETH, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, THE SEAGULL and VIRGINIA. Her West End work includes: SHARE MY LETTUCE, RHINOCEROS, THE REHEARSAL, THE PRIVATE EAR & THE PUBLIC EYE, MARY MARY, PRIVATE LIVES, PETER PAN, NIGHT AND DAY, VIRGINIA, INTERPRETERS, THE INFERNAL MACHINE, LETTICE AND LOVAGE, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, THREE TALL WOMEN, TALKING HEADS, A DELICATE BALANCE, THE LADY IN THE VAN, THE BREATH OF LIFE, and THE LADY FROM DUBUQUE. Her film credits include OH, WHAT A LOVELY WAR!, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE, DEATH ON THE NILE, TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT, CALIFORNIA SUITE, A PRIVATE FUNCTION, THE LONELY PASSION OF JUDITH HEARNE, HOOK, SISTER ACT, THE SECRET GARDEN, RICHARD III, FIRST WIVES CLUB, WASHINGTON SQUARE, TEA WITH MUSSOLINI, THE LAST SEPTEMBER , GOSFORD PARK, DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD, KEEPING MUM, BECOMING JANE, THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, QUARTET, THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL and MY OLD LADY. She is also known worldwide as Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter films. Television credits include: MRS SILLY, TALKING HEADS: BED AMONG THE LENTILS, MEMENTO MORI, SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, ALL THE KING'S MEN, DAVID COPPERFIELD, MY HOUSE IN UMBRIA, CAPTURING MARY, and most recently as the Dowager Duchess in DOWNTON ABBEY.

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