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Actress, Comedian and Author
Dame Julia Mary Walters was born 22 February 1950 in Smethwick and is is known professionally as Julie Walters.
On leaving school, she had various jobs and on her mothers' recommendation trained as a nurse. After 18
months she decided to leave nursing and went on to study theatre at Manchester Polytechnic School of Drama.
Her first serious acting role on TV was in Alan Bleasdale's Boys from the Blackstuff in 1982. A role that launched her
to become a national treasure,
She also met and collaborated with Victoria Wood in 1982 and they went on to appear in their own Granada Television
herself by signing up for and attending an Open University course in English Literature. For her performance she would receive the BAFTA Award for Best Actress, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical/Comedy, and an Academy Award for Best Actress-nomination.
Walters appeared in the lead role of Cynthia Payne in the 1987 film Personal Services – a dramatic comedy about a British brothel owner. Then she starred with Phil Collins, playing the lead character's wife, June, in the film Buster, released in 1988. She also appeared as Mrs. Peachum in the 1989 film version of The Threepenny Opera, which was renamed Mack the Knife for the screen.
Her other film appearances include Personal Services (1987), Stepping Out (1991), Sister My Sister (1994), Billy Elliot (2000), Harry Potter series (2001–2011) as Molly Weasley, All my Sons (2001), Calendar Girls (2003), Wah-Wah (2005), Driving Lessons (2006), Becoming Jane (2007), Mamma Mia! (2008) and its 2018 sequel, Brave (2012), Paddington (2014) and its 2017 sequel, Brooklyn (2015), Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017), and Mary Poppins Returns (2018).
The British public voted Walters fourth in ITV's poll of TV's 50 Greatest Stars as part of ITV's 50th anniversary celebrations. She starred in A Short Stay in Switzerland (2009), which won her an International Emmy for Best Actress. Walters was made a Dame (DBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to drama.
Julie Walters is the recipient of four British Academy Television Awards, two British Academy Film Awards, two International Emmy Awards, a BAFTA Fellowship, A Lawrence Olivier Award and a Golden Globe. Walters has been nominated twice for an Academy Award, once for Best Actress and once for Best Supporting Actress.
In the summer of 2006, Julie published her first novel, Maggie's Tree. The novel, concerning a group of English actors in Manhattan and published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, was described as "a disturbing and thought-provoking novel about mental torment and the often blackly comic, mixed-up ways we view ourselves and misread each other." In summer 2008, she appeared in the film version of Mamma Mia!, playing Rosie Mulligan, marking her second high-profile musical, after Acorn Antiques: The Musical!. The same year, she released her autobiography, titled That's Another Story.
In 2009, she received a star in the Birmingham Walk of Stars on Birmingham's Golden Mile, Broad Street. She said: "I am very honoured and happy that the people of Birmingham and the West Midlands want to include me in their Walk of Stars and I look forward to receiving my star. Birmingham and the West Midlands is where I'm from; these are my roots and in essence it has played a big part in making me the person I am today".
Her other awards include an International Emmy with for A Short Stay in Switzerland.
Julie appeared in The Last of the Haussmans at the Royal National Theatre in June 2012. The production was broadcast to cinemas around the world through the National Theatre Live programme. Set in contemporary London, she portrayed Mrs. Bird, the Browns' housekeeper, in the critically acclaimed Paddington (2014). This role she reprised for the sequel, Paddington 2 (2017), which has also received universal acclaim.
She played the part of Cynthia Coffin in the ten-part British drama serial Indian Summers aired on Channel 4 in 2015. In 2015, she appeared in the romantic drama film Brooklyn, a film that was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Her performance in the film earned her a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Julie voiced the Lexi Decoder (LEXI) for Channel 4 during the 2016 Paralympic Games. The graphical system aims to aid the viewing experience of the games by debunking the often confusing classifications that govern Paralympic sport. Set in London during the depression, In 2018 she played Ellen, Michael's and Jane's long-time housekeeper, in Mary Poppins Returns (2018) and more ecently in 2020 she starred with Colin Firth in The Secret Garden.