Julie Walters. Dame Julia Mary Walters DBE (born 22 February 1950), known professionally as Julie Walters, is a retired English actress, author and comedian. She is the recipient of four British Academy Television Awards, two British Academy Film Awards, two International Emmy Awards, a BAFTA Fellowship, and a Golden Globe.
Julie Walters, Actress: Billy Elliot. For decades, British actress and comedienne Dame Julie Walters has served as a sturdy representation of the working class with her passionate, earthy portrayals on England's stage, screen and television. A bona fide talent, her infectious spirit and self-deprecating sense of humor eventually captured the hearts of international audiences. The ...
Julie's strong-minded mother, who wished a nursing career for her daughter, was openly upset by Julie's switch of professions to acting. When her mother died in 1989, Walters found among her possessions a box stuffed with newspaper clippings that had recorded Julie's many successes.
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Dame Julie Walters, DBE was an Oscar nominee and multiple BAFTA winner whose skillful comedic and dramatic turns in "Educating Rita" (1983), "Billy Elliott" (2000), the "Harry Potter," "Mamma Mia!"
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Julia Mary Walters, known as \\"Julie\\" Walters (born 22 February, 1950) is a British actress, married to Grant Roffey (1997-Present.) She has one daughter with Grant called Maisie (born in 1988). She plays Molly Weasley in the Harry Potter films.
Walters was born as Julia Mary Walters in Smethwick, West Midlands, the daughter of Mary Bridget (née O'Brien), a postal clerk of Irish Catholic extraction, and Thomas Walters, a builder and decorator. Walters attended Holly Lodge Grammar School for Girls on Holly Lane in Smethwick, although was asked to leave at the end of her lower sixth due to her 'high jinks'. She trained as a nurse at the age of 18 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham after working for a year. She fell madly in love with her first proper boyfriend who then left to study Sociology in Manchester. Deciding to give up her nursing career to become an actress and live with her boyfriend in Manchester, she studied English and Drama at Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Metropolitan University) with Pete Postlethwaite and pursuing a performance career. 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\\".
In 2003, Walters starred as a widow 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 inspirational real-life figure Marie Stubbs in the ITV1 drama Head of the Class.
In 2006, she came fourth in ITV's poll of the public's 50 Greatest Stars, coming four placed above frequent co-star Victoria Wood. Also in 2006, she played the main role in an ITV drama Driving Lessons alongside Rupert Grint (who played her son Ron in the Harry Potter series), and later a leading role in the BBC's adaptation of Phillip Pullman's novel The Ruby in the Smoke. In the summer of 2006, she published her first novel, Maggie's Tree. Walters starred in ASDA Christmas 2007 TV advertising campaign. She also currently appears alongside Patrick Stewart in UK Nintendo DS Brain Training television advertisements, and in a recent Smoke Alarm Public Information Film. In summer 2008, Walters appeared in the movie version of Mamma Mia! as Rosie, one of the best friends of Donna Sheridan (Meryl Streep), marking her second high profile musical, after Acorn Antiques.
Walters also 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\\". Julie commented saying 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 Julie was nominated for Best Actress In A Miniseries Or A Motion Picture Made For Television at the 2008 13th Annual Satellite Awards.
Julie will be receiving a 'Walk of Star' on Birmingham's Golden Mile, Broad Street in 2009. The Broad Street Walk of Stars honours those people who have made a significant contribution in the categories of music, television, film, radio, theatre, sport, business and literacy. The criteria for nomination is the star(s) must have made a recognisable impact in their specialist category, performed at one of Birmingham's major venues, including the International Convention Centre (ICC), National Indoor Arena (NIA), Symphony Hall and The REP theatre, or be originally from the area or have prominent links with Birmingham and the Midlands.
In 2009, it was announced that Walters would play the late MP Mo Mowlam in a new drama for Channel 4. She will take on the role of the former Northern Ireland secretary, who died from a fall, after receiving brain tumour treatment. It was filmed in summer 2009, and was broadcast on 31st January 2010, at 9pm.
In 2012, Walters and Harry Potter costars Robbie Coltrane, Kelly Macdonald and Emma Thompson served as voice actors in Disney Pixar's Brave, with Walters voicing an old witch.
Julie Walters has 32 books on Goodreads with 4981 ratings. Julie Walters’s most popular book is Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You.
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