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      Julie Walters

      Julie Walters

      Highest Rated: 99% Paddington 2 (2017)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Feb 22, 1950

      Birthplace: Birmingham, West Midlands, England, UK

      Dame Julie Walters, DBE was an Oscar nominee and multiple BAFTA winner whose skillful comedic and dramatic turns in "Educating Rita" (1983), "Billy Elliott" (2000), the "Harry Potter," "Mamma Mia!" and "Paddington" franchises and "Mary Poppins Returns" (2018) made her one of the most popular and prolific actresses on both sides of the Atlantic. Born Julia Mary Walters in Edgbaston, a suburb of Birmingham, England on February 22, 1950, she was one of five children by English and Irish parents. By her own account, she was not an academic-minded child - she was dismissed from Holly Lodge Grammar School for Girls for misbehavior - and went to work at an insurance company at the age of 15. Walters briefly trained as a nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, but left to pursue a long-standing dream of becoming an actor Studies in English and drama at Manchester Metropolitan University preceded her first stage roles with the Everyman Theatre Company, where she performed with fellow future stars like Jonathan Pryce, Bill Nighy and Pete Posthlewaite, with whom she was romantically involved during the 1970s. Stints in improvisational comedy and cabaret, as well as guest roles on television, preceded her first stab at stardom as a freethinking hairdresser from Liverpool who aspires to better herself in Willy Russell's play "Educating Rita" (1980). Walters earned critical raves for her performance, which was followed by a successful collaborative partnership with actress and playwright Victoria Wood, whom she had met while both were appearing in a 1978 sketch revue, "In at the Death." Their collaborations included a TV adaptation of Wood's play "Talent" (ITV, 1979) and two sketch comedy series, "Wood and Walters" (ITV, 1981-82) and "Victoria Wood As Seen on TV" (BBC Two, 1985-87), which yielded one of Walters' most popular comic characters, the elderly tea lady Mrs. Overall, on the soap opera spoof "Acorn Antiques." The character and sketch would earn a devoted fan following and an award-winning musical adaptation, directed by Trevor Nunn, in 2005. In 1983, Walters stepped into the spotlight in the film version of "Educating Rita," directed by Lewis Gilbert and co-starring Michael Caine as the alcoholic professor whose love of literature is reignited by Walters' Rita. For her performance, Walters earned an Oscar nomination, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for Best Actress in a Leading Role - the first of seven - and soon settled into steady character work in both dramatic and comedic features and television. Walters was a naïve waitress who supplemented her income by renting her apartment to escorts in Terry Jones' "Personal Services" (1987), the playwright Joe Orton's mother in Stephen Frears' "Prick Up Your Ears" (1987), and a mother who becomes involved in Irish-English peace relations in "Titanic Town" (1998), one year before she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). On television, she reunited with Wood for a 1991 special, "Julie Walters and Friends" (ITV) and the series "Dinnerladies" (BBC One, 1998-2000), about workers at a factory canteen in Manchester. In 2000, she netted her second Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, as well as a second BAFTA, as the dedicated dance teacher of a young Irish boy in Stephen Daldry's "Billy Elliot"; the success of the film led to a slew of high-profile film projects, including a recurring role as Molly Weasley in the "Harry Potter" film franchise, save for "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005). Walters also played one of a group of middle-aged women who produced a nude calendar to raise money for cancer research in "Calendar Girls" (2003), and netted BAFTA TV Awards for the comedy "Strange Relations" (ITV, 2001), with Paul Reiser; a grieving mother in "Murder" (2002); an updated Wife of Bath in BBC One's "Canterbury Tales" (2003); and as Northern Ireland Secretary of State Mo Mowlam in "Mo" (Channel 4, 2010). Between these projects, Walters played Jane Austen's mother in "Becoming Jane" (2007), the vivacious Rosie in "Mamma Mia!" (2008), the kindly Mrs. Bird in "Paddington" (2014) and its 2017 sequel, and a feisty boardinghouse owner in "Brooklyn" (2015), which brought her 16th BAFTA nomination, while also finding time to be named Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2008. Walters remained remarkably busy in her sixth decade, penning a 2008 autobiography, That's Another Story, paying tribute to Wood, who died in 2016, with the documentary series "Our Friend Victoria" (BBC, 2017), enjoying major supporting roles in "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!" and "Mary Poppins Returns" (both 2018), while also being named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2017.

      Highest rated movies

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      67% 42% The Secret Garden Mrs. Medlock (Character) - 2020
      0% 37% The Queen's Corgi The Queen (Character) - 2019
      92% 87% Wild Rose Marion (Character) $1.6M 2018
      80% 65% Mary Poppins Returns Ellen (Character) $172.0M 2018
      79% 66% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Rosie (Character) $120.6M 2018
      27% 36% Sherlock Gnomes Mrs. Montague (Voice) $43.1M 2018
      99% 88% Paddington 2 Mrs. Bird (Character) $38.4M 2017
      80% 67% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool Bella Turner (Character) $1.0M 2017
      97% 87% Brooklyn Mrs. Kehoe (Character) $38.3M 2015
      43% 40% Effie Gray Margaret Cox Ruskin (Character) - 2014
      97% 80% Paddington Mrs. Bird (Character) - 2014
      63% 64% One Chance Yvonne Potts (Character) $89.7K 2013
      13% 36% Justin and the Knights of Valor Gran (Voice) - 2013
      33% 35% The Harry Hill Movie Nan (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 34% The Legend of Mor'du The Witch (Voice) - 2012
      79% 75% Brave The Witch (Voice) - 2012
      96% 89% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Molly Weasley (Character) $381.0M 2011
      55% 54% Gnomeo & Juliet Miss Montague (Voice) - 2011
      No Score Yet 100% Mo Mo Mowlam (Character) - 2010
      77% 85% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Mrs. Weasley (Character) $295.0M 2010
      No Score Yet 62% A Short Stay in Switzerland Dr. Anne Turner (Character) - 2009
      84% 78% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Mrs. Weasley (Character) $302.0M 2009
      55% 66% Mamma Mia! Rosie (Character) $143.7M 2008
      58% 74% Becoming Jane Mrs. Austen (Character) $18.7M 2007
      78% 81% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Mrs. Weasley (Character) $292.0M 2007
      48% 71% Driving Lessons Evie Walter (Character) $238.8K 2006
      No Score Yet 62% The Ruby in the Smoke Mrs. Holland (Character) - 2006
      54% 63% Wah-Wah Gwen Traherne (Character) $233.1K 2005
      No Score Yet 60% Ahead of the Class Unknown (Character) - 2005
      90% 86% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Mrs. Weasley (Character) $249.4M 2004
      No Score Yet 87% Mickybo and Me Mickybo's Ma (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Return Lizzie Hunt (Character) - 2003
      74% 67% Calendar Girls Annie (Character) $31.0M 2003
      No Score Yet 82% My Beautiful Son Sheila Fitzpatrick (Character) - 2002
      82% 80% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Mrs. Molly Weasley (Character) $262.0M 2002
      No Score Yet 27% Before You Go Theresa (Character) - 2002
      81% 82% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Mrs. Weasley (Character) $317.9M 2001
      No Score Yet 28% All Forgotten Princess Zasyekin (Character) - 2000
      85% 89% Billy Elliot Mrs. Wilkinson (Character) $22.0M 2000
      84% 82% Titanic Town Bernie McPhelimy (Character) $59.8K 1998
      No Score Yet 50% Girls' Night Jackie Simpson (Character) - 1998
      14% 42% Intimate Relations Marjorie Beasley (Character) $33.1K 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Brazen Hussies Maureen Hardcastle (Character) - 1996
      63% 64% Sister My Sister Madame Danzard (Character) $18.0K 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pat and Margaret Pat Bedford (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Requiem Apache Mrs. Capstan (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bambino Mio Alice (Character) - 1994
      40% 64% The Wedding Gift Diana Longden (Character) - 1993
      73% 45% The Summer House Unknown (Character) $2.1M 1993
      50% 58% Just Like a Woman Monica (Character) $78.0K 1992
      No Score Yet 72% Stepping Out Vera (Character) $232.3K 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Killing Dad Judith (Character) - 1989
      20% 48% Mack the Knife Mrs. Peachum (Character) $16.1K 1989
      No Score Yet 57% Buster June Edwards (Character) $350.1K 1988
      67% 80% Personal Services Christine Painter (Character) - 1987
      95% 78% Prick Up Your Ears Elsie Orton (Character) $1.6M 1987
      No Score Yet 59% She'll Be Wearing Pink Pajamas Fran (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 50% Car Trouble Jacqueline (Character) - 1985
      82% 81% Educating Rita Rita, aka Susan (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Occupy! Unknown (Character) - 1976


      No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Mastermind Contestant 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Coastal Railways With Julie Walters Host 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Classic Unknown (Character) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Artsnight Host 2016
      97% 89% National Treasure Marie Finchley (Character) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Very British Problems Narrator 2015-2016
      79% 87% Indian Summers Cynthia (Character) 2015-2016
      No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Guest 2012-2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are? Guest 2014
      98% 82% The Hollow Crown Unknown (Character) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Unknown (Character) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet dinnerladies Petula (Character) 1998-2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet G.B.H. Mrs. Murray (Character) 1991