'DOWNTON ABBEY' STAR RECEIVES ROYAL RECOGNITION

Oct 17, 2014

By Bob Komsic

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Royalty welcomed acting aristocracy at Windsor Castle as Maggie Smith was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honor by Queen Elizabeth II.

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It’s in recognition of her six decades in theatre, cinema and TV.

The aware is limited to 65 living people of ”distinction.”

Other members include actor Ian McKellen, artist David Hockney and physicist Stephen Hawking.

The 79-year old Smith plays Countess of Grantham on ”Downton Abbey,” which can be seen in Canada on Vision TV.

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She’s also won two Academy Awards for ”The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” and ”California Suite.”

Smith is currently filming ”The Lady in the Van,” reprising her stage role as a homeless eccentric, who parked for years on the driveway of playwright Alan Bennett.

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