Dame Maggie Smith’s largest function for the reason that conclusion of the “Harry Potter” franchise has arguably been as Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham on “Downton Abbey.” She technically started her function at the length program in 2010, a yr sooner than her ultimate look as Professor McGonagall, and the wry and witty duchess received the actor 3 Primetime Emmy Awards in 2011, 2012, and 2016. She went on to proceed the phase in two movies, 2019’s “Downton Abbey” and 2022’s “Downton Abbey: A New Generation.” Smith additionally returned to the degree in 2019’s “A German Existence,” enjoying the function of Brunhilde Pomsel (by way of Bridge Theatre).
The “Gosford Park” megastar has maintained a gradual profession in movie since she defended Hogwarts for the closing time. She starred in “The Highest Unique Marigold Lodge” in 2011 and returned for the comedy’s sequel, “The 2nd Highest Unique Marigold Lodge,” in 2015. She performed the lead function of Omit Shepherd in “The Woman within the Van” that very same yr and likewise seemed within the 2021 British Christmas characteristic “A Boy Known as Christmas.” Smith additionally voiced the function of Woman Bluebury within the animated movie “Sherlock Gnomes.”