Miranda Richardson

Last updated on the 11 May 2024 by Maeve

Miranda Richardson

Mini Biography

Born: March 3, 1958, Southport, Lancashire, England.

Born into a non-theatrical family Miranda Richardson initially aspired to become a veterinarian, she attended the Greenbank High School for Girls in Southport before enrolling at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where she developed her acting skills alongside fellow students Daniel Day-Lewis and Jenny Seagrove.

Miranda Richardson’s professional career began in regional theatre, and in 1981, she made her West End debut in the play “Moving.” Her breakthrough came in 1985 when she portrayed Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be executed in the United Kingdom, in the film “Dance with a Stranger.”

Richardson’s career continued to flourish with her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in the Blackadder series, her captivating performance in the controversial film “The Crying Game,” and her memorable role as the eccentric psychiatrist Lydia Quigley in “Damage,” for which she received an Academy Award nomination.

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Richardson maintained her impressive career trajectory, appearing in a diverse range of films, including “Made in Dagenham,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Spider,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “The Young Victoria,” and “Belle.” She also garnered critical acclaim for her work on television, particularly her role as the ruthless journalist Rita Skeeter in the Harry Potter film series.

Beyond her professional achievements, Miranda Richardson is a passionate advocate for animal welfare and has actively supported various animal charities. She is also a vocal supporter of LGBTQ+ rights.


BAFTA award


WINNER|Film: Actress in a Supporting Role for The Crying Game (1993)



Suggested viewing


The Crying Game (1992)

The Crying Game poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.2

Caught in the crossfire of the Irish conflict, IRA member Fergus develops an unexpected bond with a kidnapped British soldier, Jody. Their connection deepens as they share stories and experiences, fostering a sense of humanity amidst the turmoil. Fergus’s compassionate nature clashes with his IRA allegiance, leading him to make a promise to Jody that will forever change the course of his life.

Top cast: Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson, Adrian Dunbar, Jim Broadbent, Ralph Brown, Tony Slattery.

Dance with a Stranger (1985)

Dance with a Stranger poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.6

In the rigid social landscape of 1950s London, Ruth Ellis, a nightclub hostess, finds herself entangled in a passionate yet tumultuous relationship with David Blakely, a charismatic but emotionally distant man. As their affair intensifies, Ruth’s life spirals downward, marred by abuse, betrayal, and the harsh realities of class inequality. Pushed to the brink of despair, Ruth makes a fateful decision that will forever alter her life and the course of British legal history.

Top cast: Miranda Richardson, Rupert Everett, Ian Holm, Matthew Carroll, Tom Chadbon, Stratford Johns, Joanne Whalley, David Troughton.

Made In Dagenham (2010)

Made in Dagenham poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.1

In 1968, a group of female sewing machinists at the Ford Dagenham car plant in England find themselves underpaid and underrepresented compared to their male counterparts. Led by the determined Rita O’Grady, they embark on a courageous strike demanding equal pay, challenging the societal norms and paving the way for a landmark legal victory that would transform the lives of women across the country.

Top cast: Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Geraldine James, Rosamund Pike, Andrea Risborough, Daniel May’s, Jaime Winstone, Kenneth Cranham.

Churchill (2017)

Churchill (2017)

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.0

As D-Day approaches in June 1944, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill grapples with intense anxiety and doubts about the looming invasion of Normandy. Haunted by memories of past military failures and the potential for massive casualties, he clashes with his advisors and grapples with the weight of his decisions, all while relying on the unwavering support of his wife, Clementine.

Top cast: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, Julian Wadham, Richard Durden, Ella Purnell, James Purefoy, Danny Webb.

Blackadder II (1986)

Blackadder II (1986) poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.6

Set in the court of Queen Elizabeth I, the cunning and scheming Lord Edmund Blackadder navigates the treacherous corridors of power, seeking to curry favor with the capricious monarch while avoiding the grim fate of his predecessors. Aided by his dim-witted sidekick, Baldrick, and challenged by the perpetually smarmy Lord Melchett, Blackadder’s schemes often backfire spectacularly, leading to hilarious mishaps and unexpected twists.

Top cast: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnerny, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry, Patsy Byrne, Rik Mayall, Hugh Laurie.

After Pilkington (1987)

After Pilkington (1987) poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 8.1

Oxford don James Westgate’s tranquil life is shattered when he encounters Penelope, the wife of his crass new colleague, Derek. Recognising her as his childhood sweetheart “Patch,” he finds himself drawn into her unpredictable world, involving a missing archaeologist and a web of secrets that could jeopardize everything he holds dear.

Top cast: Bob Peck, Miranda Richardson, Reina James, Gary Waldhorn, Barry Foster.

Gideon’s Daughter (2005)

Gideon's Daughter poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.0

A successful but emotionally distant public relations professional confronts a personal crisis when his estranged daughter threatens to leave his life. As he grapples with the consequences of his past choices and the hollowness of his career, he encounters a woman struggling with her own grief. Through their interactions, he is forced to confront his regrets and attempt to rebuild his fractured relationships.

Top cast: Bill Nighy, Miranda Richardson, Emily Blunt, Robert Lindsay, Ronni Ancona, Tom Hardy, Tom Goodman-Hill, Joanna Page.

Girlfriends (2018)

Girlfriends poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.6

Three lifelong friends, all facing the challenges and complexities of midlife, find their bond tested when a shocking event throws their lives into disarray. Leaning on each other for support and laughter, they must navigate unexpected turns, personal growth, and the enduring power of female friendship.

Top cast: Phyllis Logan, Miranda Richardson, Zoë Wanamaker, Philip Cumbus, Daisy Head, Adrian Rawlins, Valerie Lilley, Matthew Lewis, Anthony Head, Paula Wilcox, Wendy Craig.


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