Miranda Richardson

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Miranda Richardson
Miranda Richardson Met Opera 2010 Shankbone.jpg
Richardson at the Metropolitan Opera's 2010 opening night of Das Rheingold
BornMiranda Jane Richardson
(1958-03-03) 3 March 1958 (age 55)
Southport, Lancashire, England
OccupationActress
Years active1981–present
 
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Miranda Richardson
Miranda Richardson Met Opera 2010 Shankbone.jpg
Richardson at the Metropolitan Opera's 2010 opening night of Das Rheingold
BornMiranda Jane Richardson
(1958-03-03) 3 March 1958 (age 55)
Southport, Lancashire, England
OccupationActress
Years active1981–present

Miranda Jane Richardson (born 3 March 1958) is an English stage, film and television actress. She has been nominated for two Academy Awards, and has won two Golden Globes (with seven nominations) and a BAFTA (with seven nominations) during her career.

Early life[edit]

Richardson was born in Southport, Lancashire, to Marian Georgina (née Townsend), a housewife, and William Alan Richardson, a marketing executive.[1] The second daughter of a middle class family, she revealed a talent for acting as a girl.

Career[edit]

Theatre[edit]

Richardson enrolled at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School,[2] where she studied alongside Daniel Day-Lewis and Jenny Seagrove, having started out with juvenile performances in Cinderella and Lord Arthur Savile's Crime at the Southport Dramatic Club.

Richardson has enjoyed a successful and extensive theatre career, first joining Manchester Library Theatre in 1979 as an assistant stage manager, followed by a number of appearances in repertory theatre. Her London stage debut was in Moving at the Queen's Theatre in 1981. She found recognition in the West End for a series of stage performances, ultimately receiving an Olivier Award nomination for her performance in A Lie of the Mind,[3] and in 1996, one critic asserted that she is "the greatest actress of our time in any medium" after she appeared in Orlando at the Edinburgh Festival. She returned to the London stage in May 2009 to play the lead role in Wallace Shawn's new play, Grasses of a Thousand Colours at the Royal Court Theatre.[4] Richardson has said that she prefers new work rather than the classics because of the history which goes with them.[5]

Film and television[edit]

In 1985, Richardson made her film debut as Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in the United Kingdom, in the biographical drama, Dance With a Stranger. Around the same time, Richardson played a comedic Queen Elizabeth I, aka Queenie, in the British television comedy Blackadder II.

Following Dance with a Stranger, Richardson turned down numerous parts in which her character was unstable or disreputable, including the Glenn Close role in Fatal Attraction.[5] In this period, she appeared in Empire of the Sun (1987). In an episode of the TV series The Storyteller ("The Three Ravens", 1988) she played a witch. Meanwhile, she had returned in guest roles in one episode each in Blackadder the Third (1987) and Blackadder Goes Forth (1989). She returned to play Queenie in the Christmas special Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988), and later a special edition for the millennium Blackadder: Back and Forth.

Her portrayal of a troubled theatre goer in Secret Friends (BBC 2, 1990) was described as "a miniature tour de force... Miranda Richardson's finest hour, all in ten minutes" (The Sunday Times). Other television roles include Pamela Flitton in A Dance to the Music of Time (1997), Miss Gilchrist in St. Ives (1998), Bettina the obsessive-compulsive interior decorator in Absolutely Fabulous, the sadistic Queen Elspeth, Snow White's evil stepmother, in Snow White: The Fairest of Them All (2001), and the emotionally repressed Queen Mary in The Lost Prince (2003).

Miranda Richardson at the Toronto Film Festival 2010

Richardson has appeared in a number of high-profile supporting roles in the cinema, including Vanessa Bell in The Hours, Lady Van Tassel in Sleepy Hollow and Patsy Carpenter in The Evening Star. She also won acclaim for her performances in The Crying Game and Enchanted April, for which she won a Golden Globe. She received Academy Award nominations for her performances in Damage and Tom & Viv.

Her film credits also include Kansas City (1996), The Apostle (1997) and Wah-Wah (2005). In 2002, she performed a triple-role in the thriller Spider.

Richardson also appeared as Queen Rosalind of Denmark in The Prince and Me and as the ballet mistress Madame Giry in the film version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical The Phantom Of The Opera (2004). In 2005, she appeared in the role of Rita Skeeter, the toxic Daily Prophet journalist in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. She also did the voice for Corky in The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky (2005), an Australian animated series for children. In 2006 she appeared in Gideon's Daughter. She played Mrs. Claus in the film Fred Claus (2007).

Richardson appeared in the BBC sitcom, The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle. She appeared as a guest in A Taste of My Life.

In 2008 Richardson was cast in a leading role in original AMC pilot, Rubicon. She plays Katherine Rhumor, a New York socialite who finds herself drawn into the central intrigue of a think tank, after the death of her husband.[6]

Additionally, she played Labour politician Barbara Castle in the British film Made in Dagenham.[7]

Theatre roles[edit]

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1984A Woman of SubstancePaula McGill AmoryTV
1985Dance with a StrangerRuth EllisEvening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress
Variety Club Award
UnderworldOriel
The InnocentMary Turner
After PilkingtonPennyNominated — BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress
1986Blackadder IIQueen Elizabeth I ("Queenie")TV
The Death of the HeartDaphne Heccomb
1987Blackadder the ThirdAmy HardwoodTV
Episode: "Amy and Amiability"
Eat the RichDHSS Blonde
Empire of the SunMrs. Victor
Sweet as You AreJulia PerryTV
Royal Television Society Award for Best Performance - Female
1988Blackadder's Christmas CarolQueen Elizabeth I/ Queen Asphyxia XIXTV
1989Ball Trap on the Cote SauvageEarly Bird
Blackadder Goes ForthNurse Mary Fletcher-BrownTV
Episode: "General Hospital"
The Mad MonkeyMarilyn
1990Secret FriendsOliviaTV
The BachelorFrederica
The FoolColumbine / Rosalind / Ophelia
Twisted ObsessionMarilyn
Old TimesAnna
Die KinderSidonie ReigerTV
1992The Crying GameJude O'HaraNew York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress also for Damage and Enchanted April
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
DamageIngrid FlemingBAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
London Critics Circle Film Award for Best British Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress also for The Crying Game and Enchanted April
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Enchanted AprilRose ArbuthnotGolden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress also for The Crying Game and Damage
1993CenturyClara
The Line, the Cross and the CurveMysterious woman
1994Absolutely FabulousBettinaTV
Tom & VivVivienne Haigh-WoodNational Board of Review Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
FatherlandCharlie MaguireGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
The Night and the MomentJulie
1996The Evening StarPatsy CarpenterSociety of Texas Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress also for Kansas City
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Kansas CityCarolyn StiltonSociety of Texas Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress also for The Evening Star
1997The Designated MournerJudy
Saint-ExConsuelo
The ApostleToosieNominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
A Dance to the Music of TimePamela FlittonTV
Nominated — BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Royal Television Society Award for Best Performance - Female
1998St. IvesMiss Gilchrist
The Scold's BridleDr Sarah Blakeney
MerlinQueen Mab / The Lady of the LakeNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1999Alice in WonderlandQueen of Hearts / Society Woman
The Big Brass RingDinah PellarinNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Sleepy HollowLady Mary Van Tassel / CroneBlockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress - Horror
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Blackadder: Back & ForthQueen Elizabeth I / Queenie
The King and IAnna LeonowensVoice Only
Nominated — London Critics Circle Film Award for Best British Actress
2000Get CarterGloria Carter
Chicken RunMrs. TweedyVoice Only
The Miracle MakerMary MagdaleneVoice Only
2001Snow WhiteThe evil Queen Elspeth, Snow White's evil stepmother
2002The HoursVanessa BellNominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
SpiderYvonne / Mrs. ClegSan Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actress
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — London Critics Circle Film Award for Best British Actress
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
2003The Lost PrinceQueen MaryTV
Nominated — BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
The Rage in Placid LakeSylvia LakeNominated — Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Supporting Actor - Female
Falling AngelsMary Field
2004The Prince and MeQueen Rosalind
Churchill: The Hollywood YearsEva Braun
The Phantom of the OperaMadame Giry
Absolutely FabulousBettinaTV "White Box"
2005Midsummer DreamQueen TitaniaVoice Only
Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireRita Skeeter
The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend CorkyCorkyVoice Only, TV
2006Gideon's DaughterStellaTV
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Merlin's ApprenticeLady of the LakeTV
Wah-WahLauren Compton
ProvokedVeronica Scott
Paris, je t'aimeThe WifeSegment: "Bastille"
2007PuffballMabs Tucker
Fred ClausMrs. Annette Claus
Southland TalesNana Mae Van Adler-Frost
Spinning Into ButterCatherine Kenney
The Life and Times of Vivienne VyleHelenaTV
2009The Young VictoriaDuchess of Kent
2010Made in DagenhamBarbara Castle
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1Rita Skeeter
RubiconKatherine RhumorTV
2012Parade's EndMrs. WannopTV
World Without EndMother CeciliaTV
Dead BossJoTV
2013BelleLady Ashford
2014MaleficentQueen Ulla

Awards and nominations[edit]

Academy Award[edit]

BAFTA Award[edit]

Golden Globe Award[edit]

Laurence Olivier Award[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Miranda Richardson Biography (1958-)". Filmreference.com. 3 March 1958. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Past Graduates[dead link]
  3. ^ "The Society of London Theatre, Olivier Winners 1987". Officiallondontheatre.co.uk. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Royal Court Theatre website". Royalcourttheatre.com. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Kira Cochrane "Miranda Richardson: 'I hate our sneering attitude to success", The Guardian, 20 April 2013
  6. ^ "Hollywood Reporter article". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 May 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ Singh, Anita (16 May 2009). "Sally Hawkins to star in strike film We Want Sex". Telegraph. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 

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