Dame Margaret Natalie Smith is a two-time Academy Award, and Emmy-winning English film, stage, and television actress. In recent years, she has become well-known for her role as Prof. McGonagall in the Harry Potter movie series.
Smith has had an extensive career on both screen and in live theatre and is known as one of Britain’s pre-eminent actresses. She started her career at the Oxford Playhouse with Frank Shelley, and made her first film in 1956. In 1969 she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as an unorthodox Scottish schoolteacher in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. She was also awarded the 1978 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the brittle actress, Diana Barrie, in California Suite acting opposite Michael Caine. She was created a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1970, and raised to Dame Commander (DBE) in 1990.