Over the last few months we’ve been highlighting the select group of actors who have won the triple crown — that is they’ve won an Oscar, A Tony and an Emmy.
Maggie Smith, who at 80, has continued her great success gaining new audiences with her role as the dowager Countess on the PBS hit series, Downton Abbey, is among the golden few.
Of her 6 nominations for Oscars she’s won two. Best Actress for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie in 1969 and Best Supporting Actress for California Suite in 1978. See both films if you’ve missed them. Her performances are — well — award winning. Most younger people know her only from the Harry Potter films. They’d be surprised to learn the extent of her work.
She’s been nominated for 8 Emmys and has one won three — two for Downton Abbey.
And although most of her incredible stage work was done in Britain, she was nominated for the Tony three times for New York productions and won for Lettice and Lovage in 1990. That same year she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Her other awards are to numerous to list here. Suffice to say she is incomparable.