Maggie Smith Is a Cancer Survivor; Her Health Condition Now

By Cannon | Updated on June 5, 2023
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    Maggie Smith is an English actress with an impressive and expansive career that has spanned over seven decades in the entertainment industry. As of now, the Academy Award-winning actress is already in her late 80s. Thus, there has been considerable buzz about whether or not the actress is still alive. How old is the actress now? Further, many have asked if Smith has retired from acting now.

    Well, here we have come up with full detail about her life at present and we will also find out if Smith is living in this world. Let’s get started!

    Is Maggie Smith Still Alive?

    Yes, the English actress Smith is still living and doing great in her own way. Although the actress is already in her late 80s, Smith is still living a life full of vigor and vitality.

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    Maggie is in her late 80s.

    Further, even at such an old age, her hands have fully occupied in on-screen projects. In the year 2022, Maggie played in the drama film Downton Abbey: A New Era. She gained wide fame following her role in Harry Potter movies along with Michael Gambon, Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, and Julie Walters.

    What Happened to Maggie Smith? Her Health Issues

    Over the years, the renowned actress who is now in her late 80s went through a couple of health complications in the past. She was first diagnosed with Graves’ disease in Jan 1988. At the time of her diagnosis, Smith was performing in a play named Lettice and Lovage.

    Soon after knowing about the disease, the award-winning star moved back to her Sussex farmhouse and underwent radiotherapy. She also underwent optical surgery as the condition led her to a protrusion of the eyeballs.

    Smith Was Also Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

    Not only with Graves’ disease but the actress was also diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2007, Smith who is better known for her role as Professor McGonagall in Harry Potter suffered breast cancer. Despite that, Maggie continued to film “Harry Potter and the Half Blod Prince.” And side by side, the acclaimed star also underwent chemotherapy and eventually won the battle in 2009.

    In 2009, Smith told Times,

    “I was hairless. I had no problem getting the [Professor McGonagall] wig on.”

    She added,

    “I was like a boiled egg.”

    How Old is Maggie Smith Now?

    At present, Maggie is 88 years old. She was born on 28th December 1934, in Ilford, Essex, England.

    Maggie Smith is the 90s.
    Smith’s vintage photo from the 90s.

    She will celebrate her 89th birthday in the coming December.

    Maggie Currently Lives in West Sussex

    As of now, Maggie resides in Pulborough, a large village in West Sussex. She there lives with her children and grandchildren.

    Further, Smith also owns a historical property in West Byfleet, Surrey, Byfleet Manor.

    Has Smith Retired From Acting?

    Now, Smith who is in her late 80s is still actively working in the field. She began working in the acting world in the early 1950s and has since then worked in a number of hit movies and TV shows.

    She will also appear in movies like The Miracle Club and A German Life.

    Is Maggie’s Husband Robert Stephens Still Alive?

    No, her late spouse Robert Stephens is no more in this living world. He died on November 12, 1995, in London. He was 64 at the time of his death. And his cause of death was surgical complications.

    After that, Smith was also married to Beverley Cross who also, unfortunately, passed away on March 20, 1998.