The Time Lady Project: Maggie Smith
Previous Doctor Who Experience: None
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Maggie Smith might be best known to the Doctor Who community as Minerva McGonagall in Harry Potter, but she has had a long and acclaimed acting career. Most recently she played the sharp-witted Dowager Countess in Downton Abbey. She has won seven BAFTA Awards (five competitive awards and two special awards including the BAFTA Fellowship in 1996), two Academy Awards, three Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award.