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Julie Walters

Highest Rated:   100% Dreamchild (1985)
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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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Mary Poppins Returns
  • Ellen
2018
No Score Yet Paddington 2
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman
  • Actor
2015
97% Brooklyn
  • Mrs. Kehoe
$30.5M 2015
43% Effie Gray
  • Margaret Cox Ruskin
2015
98% Paddington
  • Mrs. Bird
$85.9M 2015
62% One Chance
  • Yvonne Potts
$1.4M 2014
8% Justin and the Knights of Valour
  • Actor
2013
33% The Harry Hill Movie
  • Nan
2013
78% 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
55% Gnomeo and Juliet
  • Miss Montague
$99.9M 2011
No Score Yet Wide-eyed And Legless
  • Actor
2011
78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
  • Molly Weasley
$295M 2010
No Score Yet Mo
  • Actor
2010
84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Molly Weasley
$302M 2009
No Score Yet A Short Stay In Switzerland
  • Dr. Anne Turner
2009
54% Mamma Mia!
  • Rosie
$143.8M 2008
No Score Yet Masterpiece Contemporary
  • Mary Whitehouse
2008
57% Becoming Jane
  • Mrs. Austen
$18.7M 2007
78% 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
91% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Mrs. Molly Weasley
$249.4M 2004
74% 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
80% 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
71% The Summer House
  • Monica
1993
No Score Yet Just Like A Woman
  • Monica
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
92% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
100% National Treasure
2016
  • Marie Finchley
  • 2017
82% Indian Summers
2015-2016
  • Cynthia Coffin
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 216
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Mistress Quickly
  • 2013
100% The Hollow Crown
2012-2016
  • Actor
  • 2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Mrs. Holland Mary Whitehouse Mrs. Mann
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2000
  • 1979

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