She was totally unique in not speaking that kind of Oxford theatrical voice, in the days when everybody was impersonating Olivier. I thought, ‘There you go; that’s someone very special; that’s someone worth watching.’ She was very striking with that red hair, very thin, very tall. Also very vulnerable, and very, very funny. - Beverley Cross

Bev was a sweet man. A really lovely guy. It’s funny because I made Tea With Mussolini shortly after he died. I must have been in terrible shock because when I watched it I couldn’t remember wearing half the clothes or doing half the scenes. I had done the film to take my mind off it, I suppose. Escapism is all very well but it actually just defers the pain. When it does hit, it hits hard.

Maggie Smith (on her late husband Beverley Cross)

She talks about old age and death as familiarly as she does about her friends or her children. She has never got over the loss of Bev, she says, and never will. “I still miss him so much it’s ridiculous. People say it gets better but it doesn’t. It just gets different, that’s all.” The other night she dreamt about him. “Even in my dream I kept saying to him, ‘You are dead. You can’t be here.’” And just a few weeks ago she found herself filming in Oxford. “That weird place that changes every three years and yet remains always the same.” She went back to her old childhood haunts and to the steps of the Ashmolean where she met him all those years ago. For a moment I thought she was going to cry, and then she burst out laughing. “You know what’s awful? What’s awful is that it is all all right.”


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“……..She misses the fact that he would read all her reviews. "It’s rather difficult, now my husband’s gone, that I don’t have this barometer. He was always so reassuring. He would say, `It’s all right, Mags, I’ve read it - you’re OK.’ Or he would say he’d beat someone from a certain paper to a pulp.”


Maggie Smith at home, with husband Beverley Cross, and sons Chris and Toby (1986).

In the kitchen, one of the leading actresses of the English stage unceremoniously plunks down a lunchtime snack of cold chicken and smoked salmon. It’s divvy up, help yourself. “Boys!” bellows Smith. On cue, two disheveled teenagers bound down the stairs. Smith grimaces at their appearance, which she likens to the state of their bedrooms: “Horrifying. I just close the doors.”

my favorite film and theatre families in no particular order

Dame Maggie Smith (A Room with a View, Harry Potter) and Sir Robert Stephens (the Taming of the Shrew) were married in 1967. Their sons, Chris Larkin (Friends & Crocodiles) and Toby Stephens (Twelfth Night, Jane Eyre) would also go on to become actors. Maggie was Robert’s second wife. They divorced in 1974. Robert’s third wife was actress, Patricia Quinn (the Rocky Horror Picture Show). Maggie’s second husband was screenwriter, Beverley Cross (the Six Wives of Henry VIII). Toby Stephens is currently married to actress, Anna-Louise Plowman (Doctor Who).


Have seen this lovely photo a thousand times before, but last night, i was looking back through all my old tumblr likes and reblogs and when i saw it, i noticed something i hadn’t before ?!?!?!

Look at the Gentleman stood behind Maggie…… it just me or does he look remarkably like Beverley Cross ???????????????

Freaked me out a bit actually !!!

The colouring of the him makes it look a bit like he is also a cardboard cut out (like Rupert) ,but when you look at different copies of this photograph, on different sites, they are all the same, he’s in every one of them !!!

Weird, or what ?!?!?!?!