Miranda Richardson

Miranda Richardson

Highest Rated: 97% Chicken Run (2000)

Lowest Rated: 0% Puffball (2008)

Birthday: Mar 3, 1958

Birthplace: Southport, Merseyside, UK

Known for her vibrant, intelligent portrayals of women who run the gamut from cold-blooded killers to long-suffering wives, Miranda Richardson is one of the British cinema's foremost purveyors of elegant, energetic dysfunction. Born in Southport, Lancashire, on March 3, 1958, Richardson began acting in school plays and left school at the age of 17 to study drama at the Bristol Old Vic Theatres School. Following her graduation, she acted in repertory theatre, becoming affiliated with Manchester's Liberty Theatre in 1979. Obtaining her Equity card, Richardson performed in a number of regional productions before moving on to the London stage in 1981. While performing on the stage, she also began acting on television and then in film. Her first big break came when she was cast as the real-life Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be executed for murder in Britain, in Mike Newell's Dance with a Stranger (1985). Her astonishing performance as a woman destroyed by her dependence on her loutish lover (played by a sulky Rupert Everett) earned wide critical acclaim, but Richardson remained fairly unknown outside of Britain.In 1987, having turned down the opportunity to play the role that went to Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction, the actress appeared in her first American outing, Steven Spielberg's adaptation of J.G. Ballard's Empire of the Sun. Richardson's portrayal of a doctor's wife interned in a Japanese prison camp provided what little sensual heat there was to be found in the film, but it was not until five years later that American audiences finally took notice of her.In 1992, Richardson had substantial roles in both Damage and The Crying Game. Playing the long-suffering wife of a philandering MP (Jeremy Irons) in the former and a murderous IRA operative in the latter, she impressed both critics and audiences with the spellbinding range and depth of her performances. Her work in both films received a number of honors, including a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her work in Damage and a BAFTA award in the same category for her portrayal of The Crying Game's Jude. In addition, Richardson won a Golden Globe for her work in another film that year, Mike Newell's Enchanted April, in which she played one of a group of British women who find liberation in the hills of Tuscany.Richardson received her second Oscar nomination and third BAFTA nomination two years later, for her vivid, full-blooded performance in Tom and Viv, in which she played the aristocratic, unstable wife of T.S. Eliot. She subsequently did starring work in films of widely varying quality, turning in particularly memorable performances in Robert Altman's Kansas City (1996) and Robert Duvall's The Apostle (1997). In the first, she demonstrated great wit as a politician's drug-addicted wife, while in the second, she made her small role as a radio station secretary one of the film's most memorable features.Following a turn in David Hare's The Designated Mourner (which was filmed in 1997 as the actors were also performing in its original production on the London stage) and a delightfully nasty stint as the evil queen in Merlin (1998), Richardson could be seen in a number of projects in 1999. Two of these were particularly high-profile, the first being Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow, in which Richardson did time in a bodice and fright wig to portray a mysterious woman of questionable intention. The second, George Hickenlooper's The Big Brass Ring, was a political drama that featured the actress as the wife of a gubernatorial candidate (William Hurt) whose campaign is severely threatened by his past indiscretions.Richardson ushered in the new millenium with a role in the remake of the classic British crime-thriller Get Carter and by lending her voice to the claymation family film Chicken Run. In 2002, she wowed critics both with her performance in The Hours as well as in David Cronenberg's Spider, a film that had Richardson playing three different characters opposite Ralph Fi


Highest Rated Movies



89% Stronger Patty Bauman $4.2M 2017
49% Churchill Clementine Churchill $1.3M 2017
69% iBoy Actor 2017
No Score Yet An Inspector Calls Sybil Birling 2015
84% Testament Of Youth Miss Lorimer 2015
54% Maleficent Actor $190.9M 2014
84% Belle Lady Ashford $8.8M 2014
No Score Yet The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm Actor 2014
No Score Yet Hidden Universe Narrator 2013
No Score Yet Ken Follett's World Without End Vol. 2 Actor 2012
No Score Yet Ken Follett's World Without End Vol. 1 Actor 2012
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Rita Skeeter $381.1M 2011
71% Turtle: The Incredible Journey Narrator $0.4M 2011
No Score Yet Telepathy Actor 2011
77% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Rita Skeeter $295M 2010
80% Made in Dagenham Barbara Castle $1.1M 2010
76% The Young Victoria Duchess of Kent $11M 2009
16% Spinning Into Butter Catherine Kenney 2009
0% Puffball Actor 2008
No Score Yet The Little Fox 2 (Kis vuk) Actor 2008
20% Fred Claus Annette Claus $72M 2007
38% Southland Tales Nana Mae Frost $0.3M 2007
29% Provoked Veronica Scott 2007
87% Paris Je T'aime The Wife $4.9M 2007
No Score Yet The Miracle Maker Mary Magdalene 2007
No Score Yet Merlin's Apprentice Lady of the Lake 2006
53% Wah-Wah Lauren Compton $0.2M 2006
88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Rita Skeeter $290M 2005
No Score Yet Gideon's Daughter Stella 2005
No Score Yet El Sueño de Una Noche de San Juan (Midsummer Dream) Actor 2005
63% Falling Angels Mary Field 2005
33% The Phantom of the Opera Madame Giry $51.2M 2005
40% Churchill: The Hollywood Years Actor 2004
56% The Rage in Placid Lake Sylvia Lake 2004
28% The Prince & Me Queen Rosalind $28.2M 2004
No Score Yet Los Actores Mrs. Magnani 2003
71% The Lost Prince Queen Mary 2003
78% Nicholas Nickleby Actor $1.4M 2002
80% The Hours Vanessa Bell $41.5M 2002
85% Spider Yvonne/Mrs. Cleg/Mrs. Wilkinson $1.3M 2002
No Score Yet Snow White: The Fairest of Them All Queen Elspeth 2002
12% Get Carter Gloria Carter $14.6M 2000
97% Chicken Run Mrs. Tweedy $106.7M 2000
No Score Yet The James Bond Story Narrator 2000
No Score Yet Blackadder Back & Forth Actor 1999
68% Sleepy Hollow Lady Van Tassel 1999
No Score Yet Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang Miss Fowl 1999
57% The Big Brass Ring Dinah Pellarin 1999
13% The King and I Anna Leonowens 1999
33% Alice in Wonderland Queen of Hearts 1999
No Score Yet Robert Louis Stevenson's St. Ives Miss Gilchrist 1998
82% Merlin Lady of the Lake 1998
90% The Apostle Toosie 1998
No Score Yet A Dance to the Music of Time Actor 1997
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's Actor 1997
65% The Designated Mourner Judy 1997
No Score Yet Saint-Ex Consuelo Carillo 1996
63% Kansas City Carolyn Stilton 1996
22% The Evening Star Patsy Carpenter 1996
No Score Yet The Night and the Moment Julie 1995
31% Tom & Viv Vivienne Haigh-Wood 1994
50% Fatherland Charlie Maguire 1994
62% Interview with the Vampire Actor 1994
No Score Yet Century Clara 1993
94% The Crying Game Jude 1992
84% Enchanted April Rose Arbuthnot 1992
78% Damage Ingrid Fleming 1992
No Score Yet El sueño del mono loco (The Mad Monkey) Actor 1990
No Score Yet The Bachelor Frederica 1990
No Score Yet Ball-Trap on the Cote Sauvage Early Bird 1989
No Score Yet Twisted Obsession (El sueño del mono loco) (The Mad Monkey) Marilyn 1989
No Score Yet Blackadder's Christmas Carol Actor 1988
76% Empire of the Sun Mrs. Victor 1987
43% Eat the Rich DHSS Blonde 1987
No Score Yet After Pilkington Penny 1987
No Score Yet Sorrell And Son Actor 1987
No Score Yet Transmutations Oriel 1985
91% Dance with a Stranger Ruth Ellis 1985
No Score Yet The Line, the Cross & the Curve Actor 1983


88% Curfew
84% Good Omens
Beelzebub 2019
85% Girlfriends
Sue 2019
92% And Then There Were None
Emily Brent 2018
No Score Yet Today
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Casanova
Madame Pompadour 2015
69% Parade's End
Mrs. Wannop 2013
69% Rubicon
Katherine Rhumor 2010
96% Absolutely Fabulous
Bettina 2005
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Queen Mary 2004
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest 1993
No Score Yet Mystery!
Sidonie Reiger Sidonie 1991
100% Blackadder Goes Forth
Queen Elizabeth
100% Blackadder II
Queen Elizabeth I of England
83% Blackadder the Third
Queen Elizabeth
57% The Black Adder
Queen Elizabeth


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