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Who Are Maggie Smith's Children? The Actress Has Two Sons Who Followed in Her Footsteps

Bettina Dizon
May 19, 2022
04:00 A.M.
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Maggie Smith has two children who are also accomplished, professional actors. One of them changed their name to dissociate from their famous parents.


Maggie Smith is an accomplished actress with several acting credits under her belt, including "Othello," "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," "California Suite," and “Room with a View."

She began her professional career as a stage actress in the '50s. She made her way to film and television with a notable role in the "Harry Potter" franchise as Professor McGonagall.

Maggie Smith holds a photo of American actress Alice Ghostley at the 42nd Academy Awards, at an Oscars party at the Old Vic Theatre in London on 10th April 1970. | Source: Getty Images


Now at 87 years old, Maggie stars in the ITV drama series "Downton Abbey," bringing life to the character Dowager Countess of Grantham.

Beyond television, Maggie is a twice-married woman with two sons, Roby and Chris, from her first marriage with the late Robert Stephens.

Stephens remained absent for most of their son's lives, but Maggie later reconnected with him, and they became friends before his death.

Maggie Smith during "The Lady In The Van" Press Conference at Claridges Hotel on October 13, 2015 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images



Born Christopher Stephens on June 19, 1967, the actress's eldest son followed in the entertainment industry after attending school at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He changed his name to disassociate himself from his famous parents. He said:

“[My father] never got the changing of the name. He would go, 'Why don’t you change it back?' But that was the choice I made [...]. It would have been like admitting defeat. I've always been a fiercely independent soul.”

His film debut was in the 1995 movie "Angels & Insects," followed by "Jane Eyre" and “Tea with Mussolini." However, it was only in "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" that he received his first major film credit.


Maggie Smith and her son, Chris Larkin, post for a photo together. | Source: Getty Images

Chris also became a television star, appearing as Charles Darwin in the docuseries "Evolution." In 2003, he took on the role of Hermann Goring in "Hitler: The Rise of Evil." His other on-screen credits include "Outlander," "Doctor Who," and “Black Sails."



Two years after Chris' birth, Maggie gave birth to her second child, Toby Stephens, on April 29, 1969. Toby knew he wanted to become an actor at a young age and trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art as well.

Toby is known for his role in "Die Another Day," where he starred as the Bond villain, Gustav Graves. His other notable films include "Jane Eyre," "Waking the Dead," and “Christie's Poirot."

Maggie Smith and her son, Toby Stephens, London, Maggiesmithretro. | Source: Getty Images


Although his mother may have heavily influenced his fondness for his craft, Toby knows that he is a star in his own right. Nevertheless, he remains proud of Maggie. "I'm immensely proud of her," he said. "I adore her, and I adore her work. I'm staggered by it."


Maggie also had five grandchildren from her two sons. Chris has two kids, Daisy and Nathaniel, whom he shares with his wife, Suki Stephens. Although their parents don't often post about them, it is known that Daisy was born in 2006 and Nathaniel enjoys watching soccer.

Meanwhile, Toby has three children. Eli, Tallulah, and Kura, whom he shares with his wife, Anna-Louise Plowman. Eli was born in 2007, Talullah in 2009, and Kura in 2012.


Maggie Smith during Evensong at Hampton Court Palace on June 13, 2017 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Although Maggie's lineage continues with her first husband, she has no offspring with her second spouse, Beverley Cross, with whom she spent 23 wonderful years.