As she began her career as an actress, Maggie Smith was told that she was too “dull, plain and sexless” to succeed in the industry. More than sixty years, one Dame of the British Empire, two Academy Awards, one Tony Award, and three Golden Globes (out of over twenty nominations) later, it could be argued that Dame Maggie has proven her detractors wrong. At seventy-eight years old she has defied all odds by not only remaining relevant as a ageing woman in the film industry, but by picking up steam along the way and becoming one of the most respected, prolific and well-known faces in the business. Still as much the image of grace, beauty and success as she ever was, it would appear that Dame Maggie Smith is in the prime of her career, with nowhere to go from here but up.