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Maggie Smith

Film, Stage and TV Actress; Known for "Downton Abbey"

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Maggie Smith Biography

British actress Maggie Smith, born on December 28, 1934, in Ilford, Essex, England, has led a distinguished, varied career on stage, in film and in television over the past six decades. Her achievements range from performing Shakespeare to winning an Academy Award for her performance in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" to memorable roles in the acclaimed series "Downton Abbey" and the popular "Harry Potter" films.

Her first role was a short, uncredited appearance in "Child in the House" in 1956, followed by a larger part in the crime drama "Nowhere to Go" in 1959. In the 1960s, Smith was active in the National Theatre of Great Britain. She played Desdemona to Laurence Olivier’s "Othello" in 1964; the two of them reprised their roles in a film version of "Othello" the following year.

Smith has received two Academy Awards. She received the first (for best actress) in 1969, for her portrayal of an idealistic, unorthodox schoolteacher in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie." She won the second (for best supporting actress) in 1978, in honor of her performance in Neil Simon’s "California Suite."

Throughout the 1990s, Smith acted in a diverse range of projects, from the 1993 comedy "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" with Whoopi Goldberg, to the 1997 literary adaptation "Washington Square" and the 1999 ensemble drama "Tea with Mussolini." Her appearance as a snobbish aristocrat in Robert Altman’s "Gosford Park" received especially positive notice.

Smith captured the attention of a new generation when she played the strict witchcraft teacher Minerva McGonagall in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone." She continued to appear as Professor McGonagall in the following "Harry Potter" films, even during her fight against breast cancer in 2008. Since 2010, Smith has been acclaimed for her performance as the grandly irrepressible Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, in the period drama "Downton Abbey." She has received two Emmy Awards for playing the haughty, witty Dowager Countess.

Smith was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1990.

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    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Maggie Smith for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Maggie Smith, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Maggie Smith or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Maggie Smith

    Speaking fees for Maggie Smith, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Maggie Smith are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Maggie Smith, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Maggie Smith speak about?

    Maggie Smith is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Television Personalities, Television Stars.
  • Where does Maggie Smith travel from?

    Maggie Smith generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Maggie Smith’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Maggie Smith for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Maggie Smith for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Maggie Smith or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Maggie Smith Biography

British actress Maggie Smith, born on December 28, 1934, in Ilford, Essex, England, has led a distinguished, varied career on stage, in film and in television over the past six decades. Her achievements range from performing Shakespeare to winning an Academy Award for her performance in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" to memorable roles in the acclaimed series "Downton Abbey" and the popular "Harry Potter" films.

Her first role was a short, uncredited appearance in "Child in the House" in 1956, followed by a larger part in the crime drama "Nowhere to Go" in 1959. In the 1960s, Smith was active in the National Theatre of Great Britain. She played Desdemona to Laurence Olivier’s "Othello" in 1964; the two of them reprised their roles in a film version of "Othello" the following year.

Smith has received two Academy Awards. She received the first (for best actress) in 1969, for her portrayal of an idealistic, unorthodox schoolteacher in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie." She won the second (for best supporting actress) in 1978, in honor of her performance in Neil Simon’s "California Suite."

Throughout the 1990s, Smith acted in a diverse range of projects, from the 1993 comedy "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" with Whoopi Goldberg, to the 1997 literary adaptation "Washington Square" and the 1999 ensemble drama "Tea with Mussolini." Her appearance as a snobbish aristocrat in Robert Altman’s "Gosford Park" received especially positive notice.

Smith captured the attention of a new generation when she played the strict witchcraft teacher Minerva McGonagall in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone." She continued to appear as Professor McGonagall in the following "Harry Potter" films, even during her fight against breast cancer in 2008. Since 2010, Smith has been acclaimed for her performance as the grandly irrepressible Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, in the period drama "Downton Abbey." She has received two Emmy Awards for playing the haughty, witty Dowager Countess.

Smith was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1990.

FAQs on booking Maggie Smith

  • How do I book Maggie Smith to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Maggie Smith for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Maggie Smith, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Maggie Smith or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Maggie Smith

    Speaking fees for Maggie Smith, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Maggie Smith are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Maggie Smith, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Maggie Smith speak about?

    Maggie Smith is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Television Personalities, Television Stars.
  • Where does Maggie Smith travel from?

    Maggie Smith generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Maggie Smith’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Maggie Smith for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Maggie Smith for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Maggie Smith or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Maggie Smith is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Maggie Smith for your event is available upon request. Maggie Smith generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Michelle Dockery, Helena Bonham Carter, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Laura Carmichael and Marg Helgenberger. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Maggie Smith for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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