PUBLISHED: 08:27 07 October 2010 Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey Archant Dame Maggie Smith talks about her latest role, as the Dowager Countess in ITV’s Downton Abbey, and her love of acting. 5 Maggie Smith screen roles 1 JEAN BRODIE - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Won the Best Actress Oscar in 1969 for her role as the unorthodox teacher at a Scottish girls’ school, based on the novel by Muriel Spark. 2 PROFESSOR MINERVA MCGONAGALL - the Harry Potter films Became an instant children’s favourite as the transfiguration teacher and head of Gryffindor House in the movie versions of JK Rowling’s boy wizard stories. 3 DIANA BARRY - California Suite Won her second Oscar, for best supporting actress, opposite Michael Caine, in the 1978 screen version of Neil Simon’s comedy about the guests at a luxury hotel. 4 JUDITH HEARNE - The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne Won the best actress BAFTA in 1987 for her title role in this romantic drama as a woman who falls … [Read more...] about Maggie Smith’s having fun as Downton Abbey dowager
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THE QUEEN is very selective about the interviews she agrees to give and the interviewers she agrees to sit with.So who is Alastair Bruce – the man presenting her latest BBC special The Coronation? We’ve got the lowdown…Alastair was born on June 25, 1960 and was raised in Hampshire.He went to school at Milton Abbey School, a boarding school for boys in Dorset before training at Sandhurst the Royal Military Academy in Berkshire.He joined the army in 1979 and served on active duty in the Falklands War in 1982.In 2008 he was promoted to a knight of the Order of St John and in 2010 he was awarded an OBE for his services to the Territorial Army.Alastair is a royal, religious and national events commentator for Sky News and has also worked for the BBC.He worked as a historical adviser on Oscar-winning films The King’s Speech and The Young Victoria.He also lent his expertise to Downton Abbey to ensure that they were as historically accurate as possible, … [Read more...] about Who is Alastair Bruce? The Coronation presenter, Sky News commentator and Downton Abbey historical adviser
PHYLLIS Logan has carved a career that can be considered the envy of fellow stars over the past forty years.Here's everything you need to know about the star and her latest role in new show, Girlfriends.Phyllis Logan is a 61-year-old actress whose career on screen has spanned nearly 40 years.The star studied her craft at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, graduating with the James Bridie Gold medal in 1977.She is married to fellow actor Kevin McNally, whom she met in 1994.They tied the knot seventeen years later in August 2011, and they have one child, David, together.Phyllis would be most recognisable as Mrs Hughes in the ITV smash hit, Downton Abbey.Before this, she starred in Lovejoy, a BBC comedy-drama that ran from 1986 - 1994, playing Lady Jane Felsham.She won a BAFTA in 1984 for Best Outstanding Newcomer thanks to her role in Another Time, Another Place.Other films roles include British indie flick Secrets and Lies and dystopian film 1984.On TV, she has … [Read more...] about How old is Phyllis Logan, who is her husband Kevin McNally and how long did the Girlfriends star play Mrs Hughes in Downton Abbey?
PUBLISHED: 10:56 20 January 2017 | UPDATED: 14:46 20 January 2017 Bridget Galton Downton Abbey's Jim Carter ITV Bridget Galton talks to actor Jim Carter who is hosting a series of Q&As with top names in aid of his local theatre The Tricycle Jim Carter says he “should be the only nervous one” when he hosts a series of Q&As with directors Paul Greengrass and Danny Boyle, and dynamic dames: Maggie Smith and Judi Dench But he’s such a genial interviewee himself, it seems likely he’ll put his famous guests at ease during the In Conversation sessions in aid of The Tricycle Theatre. The West Hampstead resident hosted similar talks at his local theatre two years ago to help with the cost of staging original drama. “The last series with major figures in the industry went well and I wanted to give the theatre ongoing support. It’s closed for a major capital project but the cinema is still open and it helps to keep the building alive. It’s … [Read more...] about Dame Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Danny Boyle speak to Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter
BOXING legend Mike Tyson wants to play a toff in the new Downton Abbey movie.The ex-world heavyweight champ, a part-time actor and a big fan of the period drama, is keen to appear alongside show stars such as Dame Maggie Smith.He hopes to emulate fellow Americans Shirley MacLaine, 83, who was in two episodes and a Christmas special, and George Clooney, 53, who was in a mini-episode for charity.Tyson, 51, who lives in Las Vegas, said: “If the producers of the new movie were to call me up, the answer would be a ‘Yes’. I’d love to appear in Downton Abbey.“I’m a fan and I watch the show over here in the States. It’s just done so well.“Maybe I could play an American musician, or I could be very aristocratic. An aristocrat would be a good role to play. That would be great fun. God willing.”Tyson, who quit boxing in 2006, appeared alongside Bradley Cooper in the 2009 comedy movie The Hangover.He stars with Jean-Claude Van Damme in … [Read more...] about Boxing legend Mike Tyson wants a starring role as a toff in the Downton Abbey movie