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Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville appear in a scene from the PBS series Downton Abbey in 2011. - Provided courtesy of PBS / Carnival Film and Television Ltd.

Golden Globes: Maggie Smith of 'Downton Abbey' wins Best Supporting TV Actress

01/13/2013 by Corinne Heller

Maggie Smith has won the 2013 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her role as Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, in the PBS show "Downton Abbey," marking her first win for the part and third win and 11th nomination overall.

The winners were announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on January 13. The 78-year-old British actress, who is also an Oscar and Emmy winner, beat Archie Panjabi of "The Good Wife," Sarah Paulson of "Game Change," Hayden Panettiere of "Nashville" and Sofia Vergara of "Modern Family."

Smith did not attend the Golden Globe ceremony.

"Downton Abbey" debuted in 2010 and depicts the fictional English estate of Downton Abbey, the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. Hugh Bonneville plays Lord Robert Crawley. Smith's character is his mother.

She won her first Golden Globe for her performance in the 1978 film "California Suite," and her second for her role in the 1987 film "A Room with a View." The English actress has been nominated 11 times for numerous films including "Othello," "Gosford Park" and twice for her role as Violet Crawley in the British series "Downton Abbey."

Smiith is also nominated this year for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical for her role in the comedy movie "Quartet."

The actress has won two Emmys for her role in "Downton Abbey." Smith won her first Emmy in 2003 for her role in the mini-series "My House in Umbria."

Smith is known for roles such as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the "Harry Potter" films, Mother Superior in the "Sister Act" movies and also played Granny Wendy in the 1991 Peter Pan flick "Hook," which featured a cameo from current Golden Globe nominee Glenn Close as a male pirate.

Smith has two Oscars - for her roles in the 1969 film "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and the 1978 movie "California Suite." She has been nominated for four other Academy Awards for her parts in "Othello," "Travels With My Aunt," "A Room With a View" and "Gosford Park."

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