68th Emmy Awards: Maggie Smith Supporting Actress In A Drama Series For ‘Downton Abbey’ – Facts You Need To Know
Maggie Smith won an Emmy nomination for the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, in “Downton Abbey.” The role has previously earned her four Screen Actors Guild awards, two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. It is to see whether Smith manages to take home a third trophy at the 68th Emmy Awards, which is slated to air on September 18.Advertisement
Smith was born on December 28, 1934, in Ilford, Essex, England, as Margaret Natalie Smith. Her family moved to Oxford when she was four and her father worked as a pathologist at the Oxford University. In 1952, Smith made her first stage debut as Viola in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” which was produced by the Oxford University Dramatics Society, the Biography.com reported.
Smith’s acting career spanned over sixty years and celebrated her diverse acting talent in films, television and stage. She has more than 50 films to her credit and is UK’s one of the most notable actresses.
Following a brief stint in “New Faces of 1956” at New York’s Broadway, Smith aimed her focus in films. She appeared in a short role in ‘Child in the House’ in 1956, following which she bagged a more important role in the crime drama “Nowhere to Go” in 1958. She won her first BAFTA award nomination for her role in the movie, according to IMDb.
In the 1960s, she was actively involved with the ‘National Theatre of Great Britain.’ Her performance as William Shakespeare’s Desdemona in “Othelo’”in 1965 earned her an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination, the Emmys.com reported.
Smith has been married twice in her life. In 1967 she married actor Robert Stephens, but, it ended in divorce in 1974. She has two sons with Stephens, both of whom are actors. In 1975 she married writer Beverley Cross and remained married to him until his death in 1998. In 2008 Smith was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy treatments which coincided with the filming of ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.’
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