We are delighted to welcome Dame Maggie Smith to the 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.
(Dame) Maggie Smith has had a distinguished career in theatre, film and television. She has won two Oscars for ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’ and ‘California Suite’ and numerous other awards for performances on stage and on film and on television.
Her most recent film is ‘The Lady in the Van’ (directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner and written by Alan Bennett from his book and play, which Dame Maggie appeared in on stage in London).
Of course she is known worldwide as Professor McGonagall in the ‘Harry Potter’ films and as the Dowager Duchess in the very popular series of ‘Downton Abbey’ on ITV.
She has been honoured with the CBE and DBE and most recently has been made a Companion of Honour. She received the Hamburg Shakespeare Prize in 1991, is a Fellow of the British Film Institute, and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from BAFTA in 1993. She is an Honorary D.Litt of Cambridge University and of St Andrews, and is a patron of the Jane Austen Society. She is also a Vice-President of the Royal Theatrical Fund.