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Julie Walters

A two-time Academy Award nominee, Julie Walters was most recently seen reprising her role as the maternal Mrs. Weasley in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the role she has played in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Walters was also seen last year in Julian Jarrold's Becoming Jane, a biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen, in which she played Mrs. Austen to Anne Hathaway's Jane.

Walters gained her first Oscar nomination in 1984 for her feature film debut in the title role in Educating Rita, for which she also won BAFTA and Golden Globe awards. She earned her second Oscar nod for her performance in Stephen Daldry's Billy Elliot. Her portrayal of Billy's ballet teacher in that film also brought her BAFTA, Empire, Evening Standard Film and London Film Critics' Circle awards, in addition to Golden Globe and European Film award nominations, and two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, one for Supporting Actress and a second, shared with her cast mates, for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture.

Walters has also earned BAFTA Award nominations for her roles in Personal Services and Stepping Out, having won a Variety Club ShowBiz Award for the latter. Walters includes among her other film credits Jeremy Brock's Driving Lessons, with her Harry Potter son Rupert Grint; Richard E. Grant's Wah-Wah; Nigel Cole's Calendar Girls; Lewis Gilbert's Before You Go; Roger Michell's Titanic Town; Girls' Night; Philip Goodhew's Intimate Relations; Nancy Meckler's Sister My Sister; Christopher Monger's Just Like a Woman; David Green's Buster; and Stephen Frears' Prick Up Your Ears.

Walters has also worked extensively on television in the U.K. and recently won three consecutive BAFTA Television Awards in 2002, 2003 and 2004 for her roles in Strange Relations and Murder, for which she also won a Royal Television Society Award, and the series The Canterbury Tales, for which she also won a Broadcasting Press Guild Award. She previously earned four BAFTA Television Award nominations: in 1983, for the miniseries Boys From the Blackstuff; in 1987, for the series Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV; in 1994, for the telefilm The Wedding Gift; and in 1999, for the series Dinnerladies. Her television credits also include The Ruby in the Smoke, Ahead of the Class, The Return, Oliver Twist, Jake's Progress, Pat and Margaret, The Summer House, Julie Walters and Friends, Talking Heads and The Birthday Party, to name only a few.

An accomplished stage actress, Walters won an Olivier Award in 2001 for her performance in Arthur Miller's All My Sons and was earlier nominated for an Olivier for her work in Sam Shepard's Fool for Love. She made her London stage debut in Educating Rita, creating the role that she would later bring to the screen. Her theater credits also include productions of such plays as Jumpers, Having a Ball, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, When I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout, Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo and the musical Acorn Antiques.

In addition to her acting work, Walters saw her first novel, Maggie's Tree, published in 2006.

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Julie Walters Facts

BirthdayFebruary 22, 1950 (72)
BirthplaceBirmingham, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 8" (1m73)  How tall is Julie Walters compared to you?
Awards2001 BAFTA Awards: Actress in a Supporting Role (for Billy Elliott)
1984 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (for Educating Rita)

Selected Filmography

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Sister My Sister
Villa Des Roses
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