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|Born||Julia Mary Walters|
22 February 1950
Smethwick, Staffordshire, England
|Spouse(s)||Grant Roffey (1997–present)|
|Born||Julia Mary Walters|
22 February 1950
Smethwick, Staffordshire, England
|Spouse(s)||Grant Roffey (1997–present)|
Julia Mary "Julie" Walters, CBE (born 22 February 1950) is an English actress and novelist. She came to international prominence for playing the title role in Educating Rita (1983). It was a role she had created on the West End stage, and it won her BAFTA and Golden Globe awards for Best Actress she also won an Olivier Award for Best Actress in 2001 for her performance in "for All my Son's".
She is best known internationally for her on-screen characterisation of Molly Weasley in seven of the eight Harry Potter films. In 2006, she came fourth in ITV's poll of the public's 50 Greatest Stars in the UK. She is also well known for her collaborations with Victoria Wood, such as appearing with her in the award-winning sitcoms Victoria Wood As Seen On TV and Dinnerladies.
Walters was born in Smethwick, Staffordshire (now West Midlands), very close to Birmingham, to parents Mary Bridget (née O'Brien), an Irish Catholic postal clerk who was born in Ireland, and Thomas Walters, a builder and decorator. The youngest of three children and the only girl, Walters had an early education at a convent school and later at Holly Lodge Grammar School for Girls on Holly Lane in Smethwick, although she was asked to leave at the end of her lower sixth because of her "high jinks". In an interview with Alison Oddey, Walters said about her early schooling: "I was never going to be academic, so [my mother] suggested that I try teaching or nursing [...] I'd been asked to leave school, so I thought I'd better do it."
Her first job was in insurance at the age of 15. At 18 she trained as a nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, and worked on the ophthalmic, casualty and coronary care wards during the 18 months she spent there. Walters decided to leave nursing, and studied English and drama at Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Metropolitan University) and pursued a career in the performing arts. Walters worked for the Everyman Theatre Company in Liverpool in the mid-1970s, alongside several other notable performers: Bill Nighy, Pete Postlethwaite, Jonathan Pryce, Willy Russell and Alan Bleasdale.
Walters first received notice as the occasional partner of comedienne Victoria Wood, whom she had briefly met in Manchester. The two first worked together in the 1978 theatre revue In At The Death, followed by the television adaptation of Wood's play Talent. They went on to appear in their own Granada Television series, Wood and Walters, in 1982. They have continued to perform together frequently over the years. The BAFTA-winning BBC follow-up, Victoria Wood As Seen On TV, featured one of Walters's best-known roles, Mrs. Overall in Wood's parodic soap opera, Acorn Antiques (she later appeared in the musical version, and received an Olivier Award nomination for her efforts).
Before making her London stage debut in Educating Rita, Walters had worked in regional theatre, stand-up comedy and cabaret. Her first serious acting role on TV was in the classic Boys from the Blackstuff in 1982, and she broke into films with her Academy-Award-nominated, BAFTA Best Actress award-winning and Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical/Comedy award-winning performance opposite Michael Caine in Educating Rita (1983), a role she had created on the West End stage.
In 1985, she played Adrian Mole's mother Pauline in the TV adaptation of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole. Walters appeared in the lead role of Cynthia Payne in the 1987 film Personal Services – a dramatic comedy about a British brothel owner. Then she played the lead character's wife, June, in the film Buster, released in 1988. She also appeared as Mrs. Peachum in the 1989 film version of The Threepenny Opera, which was renamed Mack the Knife for the screen.
In 1991, Walters starred opposite Liza Minnelli in Stepping Out and had a one-off television special, Julie Walters and Friends, which featured writing contributions from Victoria Wood and Alan Bennett. In 1998 she starred as the Fairy Godmother in the ITV pantomime – Jack and the Beanstalk, alongside actors Neil Morrissey, Adrian Edmondson, Paul Merton, Denise van Outen and Julian Clary. The show was first broadcast 25 December 1998 on ITV1 and continues to be shown every year around Christmas on ITV2.
Walters has won numerous other acting awards, and was appointed officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1999 and raised to commander level (CBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours for her services to drama. In 2001 she won a Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in Arthur Miller's All My Sons. She received her second Oscar nomination and won a BAFTA for her supporting role as the ballet teacher in Billy Elliot (2000). In 2002 she again won a BAFTA for her performance as Paul Reiser's mother in My Beautiful Son.
Walters also played Molly Weasley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010) and Part 2 (2011). Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the only Harry Potter film to have not starred Walters.
In 2003 Walters starred as a widow (Annie Clark) determined to make some good come out of her husband's death from cancer in Calendar Girls, which also starred Helen Mirren and Ciarán Hinds. In 2005 Walters again starred as an inspirational real-life figure, Marie Stubbs in the ITV1 drama Ahead of the Class.
In 2006, she came fourth in ITV's poll of the public's 50 Greatest Stars, coming four places above frequent co-star Victoria Wood. Also in 2006, she starred in the film Driving Lessons alongside Rupert Grint (who played her son Ron in the Harry Potter series), and later had a leading role in the BBC's adaptation of Philip Pullman's novel The Ruby in the Smoke.
In the summer of 2006, Walters published her first novel, Maggie's Tree. The novel, concerning a group of English actors in Manhattan and published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, was described as "a disturbing and thought-provoking novel about mental torment and the often blackly comic, mixed-up ways we view ourselves and misread each other." Another reviewer described the novel as "the work of a writer who knows what she's doing. There's nothing tentative about the writing, and Walters brings her experiences as an actress to bear on the page. ... you do have the sensation of entering someone else's mind and of looking through someone else's eyes."
Walters starred in Asda's Christmas 2007 TV advertising campaign. She also appeared alongside Patrick Stewart in UK Nintendo DS Brain Training television advertisements, and in a public information film about smoke alarms. In summer 2008, Walters appeared in the film version of Mamma Mia!, playing Rosie Mulligan, marking her second high profile musical, after Acorn Antiques.
Walters played Mary Whitehouse in the BBC Drama Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story, an adaptation of the real-life story of Mrs. Whitehouse who campaigned for "taste and decency on television". Walters commented, "I am very excited to be playing Mary Whitehouse, and to be looking at the time when she attacked the BBC and started to make her name." Filth won Best Motion Picture Made for Television, and Walters was nominated for Best Actress In A Miniseries Or A Motion Picture Made For Television, at the 2008 13th Annual Satellite Awards.
In 2009 Walters received a star in the Birmingham Walk of Stars on Birmingham's Golden Mile, Broad Street. She said: "I am very honoured and happy that the people of Birmingham and the West Midlands want to include me in their Walk of Stars and I look forward to receiving my star. Birmingham and the West Midlands is where I'm from; these are my roots and in essence it has played a big part in making me the person I am today". Her other awards include an International Emmy with Ben Whishaw for A Short Stay in Switzerland. She also appeared as Petula Gordino in Wood's sitcom dinnerladies.
Walters played the late MP and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Mo Mowlam in a drama for Channel 4 broadcast in early 2010. She had misgivings about taking on the role because of the differences in their physical appearance, but the result was highly praised by critics.
In 2012 she worked with LV= to promote one of their life insurance products targeted at people over 50. Walters was seen in television advertisements, at the lv.com website and in other marketing material helping to raise awareness for life insurance.
Walters married her husband Grant Roffey, an Automobile Association patrol man, after a whirlwind romance. The couple have a daughter, Maisie Mae Roffey (born 26 April 1988, City of Westminster, London), but did not marry until 1997, 11 years into their relationship, when they went to New York. The couple live on an organic farm run by Roffey in West Sussex.
|1975||Second City Firsts||TV: 1 episode|
|1977||The Liver Birds||girl in surgery||TV: 1 episode|
|1978||Me—I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf||woman in waiting room||TV film|
|1978/1982||Play for Today||Debbie/Valerie||TV: 2 episodes|
|1979||Empire Road||Jean Watson||TV: 2 episodes|
|1979–1981||Screenplay||Frances/Julie||TV: 3 episodes|
|1980||Nearly A Happy Ending||Julie Stephens||TV film|
|1981||Wood and Walters||various roles||TV|
|1981||Happy Since I Met You||Frances||TV film|
|1981||BBC2 Playhouse||Mrs Morgan||TV: 1 episode|
|1982||Boys from the Blackstuff||Angie Todd||TV: 1 episode|
|1982||Objects of Affection||June Potter||TV: 1 episode|
|1983||Educating Rita||Susan "Rita" White|
|1984||Love and Marriage||Bonnie||TV: 1 episode|
|1985||She'll Be Wearing Pink Pyjamas||Fran|
|1985||The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾||Pauline Mole||TV: 5 episodes|
|1985||Car Trouble||Jacqueline Spong|
|1985–1986||Victoria Wood As Seen On TV||various characters||TV: 13 episodes|
|1987||Personal Services||Christina Painter|
|1987||Prick Up Your Ears||Elsie Orton|
|1987||Theatre Night||Lulu||TV: 1 episode|
|1986–1987||Acorn Antiques||Overall, Mrs.Mrs. Overall||TV: 6 episodes|
|1988||Talking Heads||Lesley||TV: 1 episode: "Her Big Chance"|
|1988||Mack the Knife||Peachum, MrsMrs Peachum|
|1989||Victoria Wood||various roles||TV: 3 episodes|
|1990||Killing Dad or How to Love Your Mother||Judith|
|1991||Julie Walters and Friends||herself/various roles||TV|
|1991||G.B.H.||Murray, MrsMrs Murray||TV: 7 episodes|
|1992||Just Like a Woman||Monica|
|1992||Victoria Wood's All Day Breakfast||various roles||TV|
|1985/1993||Screen Two||Mavis / Monica||TV: 2 episodes|
|1993||Screen One: Wide-Eyed and Legless (aka The Wedding Gift)||Diana Longden||TV: 1 episode|
|1994||Bambino Mio||Alice||TV film|
|1994||Sister My Sister||Madame Danzard|
|1994||Pat and Margaret||Pat||TV|
|1994||Requiem Apache||Mrs Capstan||TV film|
|1995||Jake's Progress||Julie Diadoni||TV: 6 episodes|
|1995||Little Red Riding Hood||Little Red Riding Hood / Grandma|
|1996||Intimate Relations||Marjorie Beasley|
|1996||Brazen Hussies||Maureen Hardcastle||TV film|
|1997||Melissa||Paula Hepburn||TV: 5 episodes|
|1998||Jack and the Beanstalk||Fairy Godmother||TV film|
|1998||Girls' Night||Jackie Simpson|
|1998||Titanic Town||Bernie McPhelimy|
|1998||Talking Heads 2||Marjory||TV: 1 episode: "The Outside Dog"|
|1998–2000||Dinnerladies||Petula||TV: 9 episodes|
|1999||Oliver Twist||Mann, MrsMrs Mann||TV: 4 episodes|
|2000||Billy Elliot||Wilkinson, MrsMrs Wilkinson|
|2000||All Forgotten||Zasyekin, PrincessPrincess Zasyekin|
|2001||My Beautiful Son||Sheila Fitzpatrick||TV|
|2001||Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone||Mrs. Weasley|
|2002||Murder||Angela Maurer||TV: 4 episodes|
|2002||Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||Mrs. Weasley|
|2002||Before You Go||Theresa|
|2003||The Return||Lizzie Hunt||TV|
|2003||The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath||Beth||TV|
|2004||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||Mrs. Weasley|
|2004||Mickybo and Me||Mickybo's Ma|
|2005||Ahead of the Class||Marie Stubbs||TV|
|2006||Driving Lessons||Evie Walton|
|2006||The Ruby in the Smoke||Holland, MrsMrs Holland||TV|
|2007||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||Mrs. Weasley|
|2007||Becoming Jane||Austen, MrsMrs Austen|
|2008||Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story||Mary Whitehouse||TV|
|2009||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Mrs. Weasley|
|2009||A Short Stay in Switzerland||Anne Turner, DrDr Anne Turner||TV|
|2009||Victoria Wood's Mid Life Christmas||Bo Beaumont/Mrs. Overall||TV|
|2010||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1||Mrs. Weasley|
|2011||Gnomeo and Juliet||Montague, MissMiss Montague||(voice)|
|2011||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2||Mrs. Weasley|
|2011||The Jury||Emma Watts||TV|
|2012||Henry IV, Parts I and II||Mistress Quickly||TV films|
|2012||Thread of Evidence||Betty Beesom||Filming|
|2013||Effie||Margaret Cox Ruskin||Post-production|
|2013||Justin and the Knights of Valour||Gran||Voice/Post-production|
|2013||One Chance||Yvonne Potts||Post-production|
|2013||The Harry Hill Movie||Harry's Nan||Completed|
|1983||Educating Rita||Susan White||Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy|
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actress
|2001||Billy Elliot||Sandra Wilkinson||BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role|
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
|All My Sons||Kate Keller||Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress|
|2002||My Beautiful Son||Sheila Fitzpatrick||British Academy Television Award for Best Actress|
|2003||Murder||Angela Maurer||British Academy Television Award for Best Actress|
|2004||Canterbury Tales||Beth||British Academy Television Award for Best Actress|
|2006||Driving Lessons||Silver George for Best Actress (28th Moscow International Film Festival)|
|2009||A Short Stay in Switzerland||Dr Anne Turner||International Emmy Award for Best Actress|
|2010||Mo||Mo Mowlam||British Academy Television Award for Best Actress|
|2011||International Emmy Award for Best Actress|
Julie Walters has won seven BAFTA Awards, (including a special BAFTA that she received at a tribute evening in 2003) a Golden Globe, an Olivier, two International Emmys and has been nominated for two Academy Awards. In 2007 Julie Walters was awarded the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film by the UK Critics' Circle.
She became an OBE in 1999 and CBE in 2008.