Does Maggie Smith really need an introduction? The famous British actress has been wowing audiences for more than 60 years. Although the early stages of her career included her first Oscar in 1970, many new fans of Maggie know her best as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter series and as the snarktastic Dowager Countess Violet Crawley of Downton Abbey. She truly is an English national treasure, something the country has acknowledged seeing as they made her a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1990. Conclusion: Even Queen Elizabeth II loves Maggie Smith.
Birthplace: Essex, United Kingdom (just like co-star Michelle Dockery!) Birthday: December 28, 1934 Height: 5-foot-5 Marital status: Married twice to actor Robert Stephens (1967 to 1974) and to playwright Beverley Cross (1975 to his death in 1998).