Julie Walters Biography

Birthday: 1950-02-22
Place of Birth: Smethwick, West Midlands
Height: 5' 3" (1.60 m)
Wiki Biography: For decades Brit actress and comedienne Julie Walters has served as a sturdy representation of the working class with her passionate, earthy portrayals on England's stage, screen and TV. A bona fide talent, her infectious spirit and self-deprecating sense of humor eventually captured the hearts of international audiences. The small and slender actress with the prominent cheekbones has yet to give an uninteresting performance. She was born Julia Mary Walters on February 22, 1950, the youngest of three and only daughter of Irish-Catholic parents. Convent schooled in Birmingham, she expressed an early desire to act. Her iron-willed mother had other ideas, however, and geared her towards a nursing career. Dutifully applying at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, Julie eventually gave up nursing when the pull to be an actress proved too strong. Studying English and Drama at Manchester Polytechnic, she subsequently joined a theatre company in Liverpool and apprenticed as a stand-up comic. A one-time company member of the Vanload improv troupe, she made her London stage debut in the aptly-titled comedy "Funny Peculiar" in 1975, and went on to develop a successfully bawdy act on the cabaret circuit. While at Manchester, Julie befriended aspiring writer/comedienne Victoria Wood and the twosome appeared together in sketch comedy. A couple of their works, "Talent" and "Nearly a Happy Ending," transferred to TV and were accompanied by rave reviews. Eventually they were handed their own TV series, "Wood and Walters" (1981). In 1980, Julie scored a huge solo success under the theatre lights when she made her London debut in Willy Russell's "Educating Rita." For her superlative performance she won both the Variety Critic's and London Critic's Circle Awards as the young hairdresser who vows to up her station in life by enrolling in a university. She conquered film as well when Educating Rita (1983) transferred to the big screen opposite Michael Caine as her Henry Higgins-like college professor, collecting a Golden Globe Award and Oscar nomination. Reuniting with Victoria Wood in 1984, the pair continue to appear together frequently on TV, most recently with the award-winning series "Dinnerladies" (1998). On stage Julie has impressed in a variety of roles ranging from the contemporary ("Fool for Love," "Frankie and Johnny at the Clair de Lune") to the classics ("Macbeth," "The Rose Tattoo" and "All My Sons"), winning the Olivier Award for the last-mentioned play. Following her success as Rita, she immediately rolled out a sterling succession of film femmes including her seedy waitress-turned-successful brothel-owner in Personal Services (1987); the unsophisticated, small-town wife of Phil Collins in Buster (1988); a boozy, man-chasing mum in Killing Dad or How to Love Your Mother (1990); and Liza Minnelli's abrasive tap student in Stepping Out (1991). Playing a wide variety of ages, she also mustered up a very convincing role as the mother of Joe Orton in the critically-acclaimed Prick Up Your Ears (1987). She capped her career in films as the abrasively stern but encouraging dance teacher in Billy Elliot (2000) which earned her a second Oscar nod and a healthy helping of quirky character parts, including her charming, charity-driven widow who poses à la natural in Calendar Girls (2003), and the maternal witch-wife Molly Weasley in the J.K. Rowling "Harry Potter" series. For her work on film and TV, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has honored Julie five times, including four awards in a row (2001-2004). Married to Grant Roffey since 1997 after a 12-year relationship, the couple tend to a 70-acre organic farm they bought in Sussex. They have one child. Julie was honored with an OBE for her services to drama in 1999. A biography was published in 2003 entitled "Julie Walters: Seriously Funny."

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Screenplay (ITV) Frances / ... 1979 - 1979
Victoria Wood As Seen On TV Mrs. Overall 1985 Comedy
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 Pauline Mole 1985 Comedy
Acorn Antiques Mrs. Overall 1986 Comedy
Victoria Wood Joy-Ann / ... 1989 - 1989
Talking Heads 2 1998
Dinnerladies 1998 - 2000 Comedy
Oliver Twist (1999) Mrs. Mann 1999 - 1999
Canterbury Tales Beth 2003 - 2003
Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story Mary Whitehouse 2008 Comedy
Food Factory (US) Mrs. Overall 2013
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Educating Rita 1983 Drama, Comedy
She'll Be Wearing Pink Pyjamas Fran 1985
Car Trouble Jacqueline Spong 1986 Comedy
Prick Up Your Ears 1987 Drama
Personal Services 1987 Comedy
Mack the Knife Mrs. Peachum 1990 Comedy, Crime, Musical
Stepping Out 1991 Musical
Wide-Eyed and Legless 1993
The Summer House Syl's mother 1993 Comedy
Just Like a Woman 1994 Comedy, Drama
Pat and Margaret 1994 Drama
Sister My Sister Madame Danzard 1995 Drama
The Brave 1997
Intimate Relations 1997 Comedy, Drama
Girls' Night Jackie Simpson 1998 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Titanic Town 1999 Drama
Billy Elliot Mrs. Wilkinson 2000 Comedy, Drama, Music
Lover's Prayer Princess Zasyekin 2001 Drama, Romance
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Molly Weasley 2002 0, 0
Before You Go Theresa 2002 Comedy, Drama
Calendar Girls 2003 0
Calendar Girl 2003 Comedy, Drama
Wah-Wah 2005
Mickybo and Me Mickybo's Ma 2005 Comedy, Drama
Driving Lessons 2006 Comedy, Drama
Becoming Jane Mrs. Austen 2007 Drama, Romance
Mamma Mia! Rosie 2008 Biography, 0
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Molly Weasley 2009 Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Molly Weasley 2010 0, 0, 0
Brave 2012 0, 0, 0, Drama
Justin and the Knights of Valour Gran 2013 Animation
Effie Gray Margaret Cox Ruskin 2013 Drama
The Harry Hill Movie Nan 2013 Comedy
Brooklyn Mrs. Kehoe 2015 Comedy, Drama, Romance