The 2012 TIME 100 Poll
Cast your votes for the leaders, artists, innovators, icons and heroes that you think are the most influential people in the world. Official voting ends on Friday, April 6, and the poll winner will be included in the TIME 100 issue. The complete TIME 100 list will be chosen by our editors and revealed on TIME.com on Tuesday, April 17.
Tens of millions of people around the world have tuned in to Downton Abbey, and Smith is one of the biggest reasons. Portraying the acerbic Dowager Countess Violet Crawley, she delivers one-liners with perfect comedic timing. Her performance has won her an Emmy and the admiration of fans on both sides of the Atlantic. With two Oscars under her belt and turns in blockbuster films like Sister Act and the Harry Potter series, she continues to make her mark critically and commercially.
Click here to vote for Maggie Smith & click here to see the full list of nominees.