Julie Walters

Last updated on the 1 April 2024 by Evandrus

Julie Walters

Mini Biography

Born: 22 February 1950, Edgbaston, Birmingham, England. 

Julie Walters was the youngest of five children and grew up in a working-class family. Walters attended Holly Lodge Grammar School for Girls and later studied English and Drama at Manchester Metropolitan University.

After completing her studies, Walters began her career in the theater, performing in various productions in London’s West End and regional theaters. She gained widespread recognition for her role in the stage production of “Educating Rita,” which led to her breakthrough performance in the film adaptation of the same name.

Walters went on to star in several critically acclaimed films, including “Billy Elliot,” “Mamma Mia!,” and the “Harry Potter” series, in which she played the role of Molly Weasley. She has won numerous awards for her work, including BAFTA awards, an Emmy Award, and a Golden Globe Award.

Walters is known for her down-to-earth personality and her commitment to social causes. She has been involved in several charitable organisations, including Comic Relief and the NSPCC. In 1999, she was awarded an OBE for her services to drama.

 

BAFTA award

WINNER|Film: Actress for Educating Rita (1984) |Film: Actress in a Supporting Role for Billy Elliot (2001) |Television: Actress for My Beautiful Son (2002) |Television: Actress for Murder (2003) |Television: Actress for The Canterbury Tales: The Wife Of Bath (2004) |Television: Leading Actress for Mo (2010)

 

Suggested viewing

 

Indian Summers (2015)

Indian Summers poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.3

As the summer heat rises in the picturesque hill station of Simla, British civil servants and their families indulge in the fading luxuries of empire, unaware of the growing unrest and nationalist fervor sweeping across India. Amidst the lavish parties and diplomatic maneuvers, a web of complex relationships, betrayals, and forbidden love blossoms, revealing the deep-seated contradictions and tensions simmering beneath the surface of colonial rule in its twilight years.

Top cast: Julie Walters, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Nikesh Patel, Jemima West, Alexander Cobb, Fiona Glascott, Shachin Sailesh Kumars, Aysha Kala, Patrick Malahide.

Driving Lessons (2006)

Driving Lessons

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.8

Ben, a shy and awkward teenager, finds an escape from his domineering mother through a job as housekeeper for Evie, an eccentric retired actress. Their unconventional friendship sparks a newfound sense of independence and confidence in Ben, while Evie rediscovers the joy of life and love. Together, they embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth.

Top cast: Julie Walters, Rupert Grint, Laura Linney, Nicholas Farrell, Oliver Milburn, Michelle Duncan, Tamsin Egerton, Jim Norton.

Educating Rita (1983)

Educating Rita

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.1

Rita, a working-class hairdresser eager for intellectual stimulation, embarks on an Open University course in literature, guided by the jaded and cynical Dr. Frank Bryant. Their contrasting backgrounds and perspectives spark a transformative relationship, challenging Rita’s perceptions and revitalising Frank’s passion for teaching. As Rita’s thirst for knowledge grows, so does her desire for personal fulfillment, challenging the limitations of her societal expectations.

Top cast: Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams, Maureen Lipman, Jeananne Crowley, Malcolm Douglas, Godfrey Quigley, Dearbhla Molloy.

Calendar Girls (2003)

Calendar Girls

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.9

In the quiet Yorkshire village of Knapley, a group of middle-aged Women’s Institute members decide to raise money for a local hospital by posing nude for a calendar. Their daring decision shatters their traditional image and sparks a media frenzy, transforming them into unlikely celebrities. As the calendar takes the world by storm, the women embrace their newfound fame, proving that age and conventional norms are no barriers to self-expression and empowerment.

Top cast: Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, Penelope Wilton, Linda Bassett, Annette Crosbie, Celia Imrie, Geraldine James, and Philip Glenister.

Billy Elliot (2000)

Billy Elliot poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.7

In the midst of the 1984 miners’ strike, young Billy Elliot, a boy from a working-class family in County Durham, England, discovers an unexpected passion for ballet. His unconventional dream clashes with the traditional expectations of his father and the harsh realities of his community, yet he perseveres, seeking guidance from his supportive ballet teacher, Mrs. Wilkinson, and his grandmother, who harbored her own unfulfilled dreams of dance.

Top cast: Top cast: Jamie Bell, Gary Lewis, Julie Walters, Jean Heywood, Jamie Raven, Stuart Wells, Mike Elliot, Billy Fane, Nicola Blackwell.

Personal Services (1987)

Personal Services

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.4

Christine Painter, a struggling single mother, finds herself in dire financial straits, forcing her to make unexpected choices. Desperate for a solution, she reluctantly rents out rooms in her apartment to prostitutes, her growing discomfort gradually turning into a business venture. With the help of her experienced friend Shirley, Christine transforms her home into a clandestine brothel, catering to a clientele of older men with diverse and unconventional needs.

Top cast: Julie Walters, Alec McCowen, Shirley Stelfox, Danny Schiller, Timothy Spall, Victoria Hardcastle, Debby Bishop, David John.

Mamma Mia! (2008)

Mamma Mia!

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.4

On the idyllic Greek island of Kalokairi, Sophie, a young woman preparing for her wedding, secretly invites three men who could be her father, hoping to find the man who left her mother, Donna, before she was born. As the trio arrives, they trigger a whirlwind of emotions and rekindled romances, while Sophie confronts her own identity and the secrets that have shaped her life. Amidst the backdrop of ABBA’s timeless hits, the island transforms into a place of love, laughter, and self-discovery.

Top cast: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski.

Murder (2002)

Murder (2002) poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.3

Following the brutal murder of her son, Christopher, the day after his 21st birthday, Angela Maurer seeks answers from a relentless journalist and a local shopkeeper as she grapples with her grief. A police detective and a passerby who witnessed the crime add layers to the investigation, leading to a shocking revelation and the truth behind Christopher’s untimely death.

Top cast: Julie Walters, Jason Done, Roland Manookian, Nicola Reynolds, Paul Higgins, Robert Glenister, David Morrissey, Imelda Staunton, Om Puri.

My Beautiful Son (2001)

My Beautiful Son poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.5

After being diagnosed with leukemia, renowned psychiatrist Jerry Lipman embarks on a journey of self-discovery, unraveling the truth about his adoption and the identity of his biological mother in Liverpool, England. This poignant tale explores themes of familial bonds, resilience, and the power of hope in the face of adversity.

Top cast: Paul Reiser, Julie Walters, Amber Sealey, Olympia Dukakis, George Wendt, Tony Maudsley, Ricky Tomlinson, Ian Puleston-Davies.

The Canterbury Tales: The Wife Of Bath (2003)

The Canterbury Tales: The Wife Of Bath

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.8

Beth Craddock, a seasoned actress, embarks on a challenging new role, playing the Wife of Bath, a character known for her unconventional views on marriage. As she delves into the role, Beth finds herself drawn to a younger co-star, Jerome, whose carefree attitude and youthful energy contrast sharply with her own life experiences. Their passionate affair challenges Beth’s perception of love and desire, forcing her to confront her own insecurities and desires.

Top cast: Julie Walters, Bill Nighy, Rick Bacon, Pascale Burgess, Jane Nash, Samantha Bond, Paul Nicholls, Emma Davidson.

 

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