Julie Walters

Highest Rated: 100% Paddington 2 (2018)
Birthday: Feb 22, 1950
Birthplace: Birmingham, West Midlands, England, UK
British character actress Julie Walters has made a career out of playing working-class women with good hearts and sharp tongues -- which should come as no surprise, given her background. Born in Birmingham, England, on February 22, 1950, Walters was raised in a strong, practical family where she was encouraged to study nursing. Walters did in fact enroll in the nursing program at Manchester Polytechnic, but in her second year of studies she developed an interest in acting, and eventually changed her major to theater. Walters soon made friends with fellow theater student Pete Postlethwaite, and they joined a small theater troupe with Matthew Kelly; Walters made her legitimate stage debut not long after in a Liverpool production of The Taming of the Shrew. Walters also began moonlighting as a comedian, performing as a standup act and with an improvisational troupe called Van Load. In 1976, Walters made her London stage debut in Funny Peculiar, and in 1980, she was cast in the title role of the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Willy Russell's play Educating Rita. Walters won rave reviews for her performance, and the comedy-drama became a major success; following her appearances in several well-received television productions, Walters was cast in the film version of Educating Rita opposite Michael Caine, and the movie was a solid critical and financial success in both Europe and the United States. Walters' budding film career seemed to have gotten off to a solid start when she was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in Educating Rita; while she didn't win, she did receive Golden Globe and British Film Academy awards for her performance. However, Walters opted to continue living and working in Britain, and while she maintained a busy schedule of television and stage work, it would be a few years before Walters became a regular presence in films. In 1987, she won the leading role in the fact-based comedy Personal Services, as well as a major supporting role in the Joe Orton biopic Prick up Your Ears, and the following year she starred opposite pop star Phil Collins in another comedy-drama drawn from real life, Buster. Over the next ten years, Walters continued to work steadily in British television (both in dramatic roles and in comedic appearances, frequently with English comedy star Victoria Wood), but her next major screen success wouldn't arrive until 2000, when she played dance instructor Mrs. Wilkinson in the international hit Billy Elliot; the role earned her another Academy Award nomination, as well as a British Film Academy nomination. The following year, Walters appeared in a small role in one of the year's biggest box-office blockbusters, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, as well as a number of TV projects. Offscreen, Walters is married to Grant Roffey, who operates a successful organic farm; they're the parents of a daughter, Maisie. In 1999, Walters received special recognition for her work in the arts when she was presented an Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth for her services to British drama. In the years to come, Walters would remain active on screen, appearing in moviesl ike Mama Mia!.

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MOVIES

CREDIT
92% Wild Rose Actor 2019
No Score Yet The Queen's Corgi The Queen 2019
78% Mary Poppins Returns Ellen 2018
81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Rosie 2018
100% Paddington 2 Mrs. Bird 2018
80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool Bella Turner 2017
No Score Yet A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman Actor 2015
97% Brooklyn Mrs. Kehoe $30.5M 2015
41% Effie Gray Margaret Cox Ruskin 2015
97% Paddington Mrs. Bird $85.9M 2015
63% One Chance Yvonne Potts $1.4M 2014
7% Justin and the Knights of Valour Actor 2013
33% The Harry Hill Movie Nan 2013
79% Brave Wise Woman $237.3M 2012
No Score Yet The Legend of Mor'du Actor 2012
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Molly Weasley $381.1M 2011
56% Gnomeo and Juliet Miss Montague $99.9M 2011
78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Molly Weasley $295M 2010
No Score Yet Mo Actor 2010
83% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Molly Weasley $302M 2009
No Score Yet A Short Stay In Switzerland Dr. Anne Turner 2009
55% Mamma Mia! Rosie $143.8M 2008
No Score Yet Masterpiece Contemporary Mary Whitehouse 2008
58% Becoming Jane Mrs. Austen $18.7M 2007
77% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Mrs. Weasley $292M 2007
48% Driving Lessons Evie Walton 2006
53% Wah-Wah Gwen Traherne $0.2M 2006
No Score Yet The Ruby in the Smoke Actor 2006
88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Mrs. Weasley $290M 2005
No Score Yet Mickybo & Me Mickybo's Ma 2005
No Score Yet Ahead Of The Class Actor 2005
90% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Mrs. Molly Weasley $249.4M 2004
No Score Yet The Return Lizzie Hunt 2003
75% Calendar Girls Annie $31M 2003
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Mrs. Weasley $261.9M 2002
No Score Yet Before You Go (The Memory of Water) Teresa 2002
No Score Yet Strange Relations Sheila Fitzpatrick 2002
81% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Mrs. Weasley $317.6M 2001
No Score Yet My Beautiful Son Actor 2001
85% Billy Elliot Mrs. Wilkinson 2000
No Score Yet Lover's Prayer Princess 2000
84% Titanic Town Bernie McPhelimy 2000
No Score Yet Girls' Night Jackie 1998
14% Intimate Relations Marjorie Beasley 1996
63% Sister My Sister Madame Danzard 1995
40% The Wedding Gift Diana Longden 1994
73% The Summer House Monica 1993
40% Just Like A Woman Monica 1993
No Score Yet Wide-eyed And Legless Actor 1993
No Score Yet Stepping Out Vera 1991
No Score Yet Killing Dad Judith 1990
20% Mack the Knife Mrs. Peachum 1989
No Score Yet Buster June Edwards 1988
No Score Yet Personal Services Christine Painter 1987
94% Prick Up Your Ears Elsie Orton 1987
No Score Yet Car Trouble Jacqueline Spong 1986
No Score Yet Happy Since I Met You Actor 1986
100% Dreamchild Dormouse 1985
No Score Yet She'll Be Wearing Pink Pajamas Fran 1984
79% Educating Rita Rita / Susan 1983

TV

CREDIT
91% National Treasure
2016-2018
Marie Finchley
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2007
83% Indian Summers
2015-2016
Cynthia Coffin
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 216
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Mistress Quickly
  • 2013
100% The Hollow Crown
2012-2016
  • 2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Mrs. Holland Mary Whitehouse Mrs. Mann
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2000
  • 1985
  • 1979

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