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Miranda Richardson

Highest Rated:   97% Chicken Run (2000)
Lowest Rated:   0% Puffball (2008)
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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

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
92% Stronger
  • Patty Bauman
$4.2M 2017
49% Churchill
  • Clementine Churchill
$1.3M 2017
64% iBoy
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet An Inspector Calls
  • Sybil Birling
2015
84% Testament Of Youth
  • Miss Lorimer
2015
51% Maleficent
  • Actor
$190.9M 2014
83% 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
69% Turtle: The Incredible Journey
  • Narrator
$0.4M 2011
No Score Yet Telepathy
  • Actor
2011
78% 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
$10.9M 2009
16% Spinning Into Butter
  • Catherine Kenney
2009
0% Puffball
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Little Fox 2 (Kis vuk)
  • Actor
2008
21% 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
53% 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
No Score Yet The Lost Prince
  • Queen Mary
2003
78% Nicholas Nickleby
  • Actor
$1.4M 2002
80% The Hours
  • Vanessa Bell
$41.5M 2002
84% Spider
  • Yvonne/Mrs. Cleg/Mrs. Wilkinson
$1.3M 2002
No Score Yet Snow White: The Fairest of Them All
  • Queen Elspeth
2002
11% 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
  • Queen Mab / Lady Of The Lake
1998
89% 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
23% 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
95% The Crying Game
  • Jude
1992
83% Enchanted April
  • Rose Arbuthnot
1992
77% 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
71% 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
90% Dance with a Stranger
  • Ruth Ellis
1985
No Score Yet A Woman of Substance
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet The Line, the Cross & the Curve
  • Actor
1983

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
85% Girlfriends
2018
  • Sue
  • 2018
92% And Then There Were None
2015
  • Emily Brent
  • 2018
  • 2016
No Score Yet Today
2017
  • Guest
  • 2017
69% Parade's End
2013
  • Mrs. Wannop
  • 2013
67% Rubicon
2010
  • Katherine Rhumor
  • 2010
95% Absolutely Fabulous
1992-2012
  • Bettina
  • 2005
  • 1994
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
  • Queen Mary
  • 2004
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1993
No Score Yet Mystery!
1980-2007
  • Sidonie Reiger Sidonie
  • 1991
No Score Yet Casanova
  • Actor
No Score Yet The Black Adder
1983
  • Queen Elizabeth

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