Maggie Smith… long before Harry Potter
This is a little intriguing because I hadn’t given any thought to the idea that Professor McGonagall would be her defining role for anyone! How fun.
Maggie Smith’s film career has spanned my entire lifetime. I’ve seen her in a few earlier things, but remember her first from Murder By Death, the mystery novel parody in 1976. Then she was in a couple of actual Agatha Christie adaptations, and California Suite, which I felt very grownup about enjoying.
Other films I’ve enjoyed her in are A Room With A View, The Secret Garden, Richard III, Gosford Park (one of my top favorite films ever,) Tea With Mussolini, Ladies in Lavender, and then of course most recently in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Quartet, and Downton Abbey, and in all these latter roles she’s sort of the same person, but oh, such a person! That’s working from memory; there are probably a few others, but the real point is, if you haven’t seen The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, go, do. It’s embraceable.
The Honey Pot, rather less so, but good for a sick day laugh.