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Biography #2 (for Phantom of the Opera)

Miranda Richardson first startled audiences in Mike Newell's Dance with a Stranger, in which she played Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in England. Subsequent roles confirmed her as an actress of consummate ability and consistency. In 1992, she garnered rave reviews for her performances in Neil Jordan's The Crying Game, Mike Newell's Enchanted April, and Louis Malle's Damage. The New York Film Critics cited her work in all three films in naming her Best Supporting Actress. She also received a Golden Globe for Enchanted April and was nominated for an Oscar for Damage. In 1995, she received a second Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Vivienne Haigh-Wood, the wife of poet T.S. Eliot, in Brian Gilbert's Tom and Viv.

Recent films include Stephen Daldry's The Hours, David Cronenberg's Spider, Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow, Conor McPherson's The Actors, the coming-of-age story Falling Angels, the sharply satirical The Rage In Placid Lake, the upcoming comedy Churchill: The Hollywood Years with Christian Slater and Neve Campbell, and the animated film Chicken Run, in which she voices Mrs. Tweedie for Nick Park and Peter Lord. Other credits include The Apostle with Robert Duvall, The Designated Mourner by Wallace Shawn and directed by David Hare, Robert Altman's Kansas City and Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun.

Her television credits include Hallmark Hall of Fame's Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and Merlin, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination, Showtime's The Big Brass Ring with William Hurt and Nigel Hawthorne, BBC's A Dance to the Music of Time, and HBO's Fatherland, for which she received a Golden Globe Award. She displayed her comedic talents in Absolutely Fabulous and three Blackadder television series, including playing Elizabeth I in the second season.

Richardson trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and subsequently performed in many plays, the highlights being Mamet's Edmond, Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Terry Johnson's Insignificance, Sam Shepard's A Lie Of The Mind, and the one woman piece Orlando working with Robert Wilson.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Phantom of the Opera" (01-Jan-2005)

Biography #3 (for The Hours)

Miranda Richardson began her career in English regional theater and television before making a stunning film debut in Mike Newell's Dance With a Stranger. Richardson's performance caught the eye of director Steven Spielberg who cast her in Empire of the Sun.

The British-born actress proved her versatility with impressive back-to-back performances in Mike Newell's Enchanted April, Neil Jordan's The Crying Game, which earned her a Golden Globe Award, and Louis Malle's Damage, for which she received an Oscar nomination.

In Tom and Viv, Richardson portrayed the gifted but troubled Vivienne Haigh-Wood, the first wife of poet T.S. Eliot. For her performance, she received a Golden Globe nomination and her second Academy Award nomination, as well as the National Board of Review Best Actress Award. Richardson's other film credits include The Apostle, Evening Star, Kansas City, Century, The Innocent, The Mad Monkey, The Bachelor, Sleepy Hollow, Get Carter and The Designated Mourner. Richardson will next be seen in David Cronenberg's Spider and Conor McPherson's The Actors.

On television, Richardson starred in the HBO film Fatherland, for which she won a Golden Globe Award. Her extensive work for the BBC includes the series Blackadder and the political thriller Die Kinder. Richardson also starred in the BBC productions of Christopher Columbus, Redemption, Old Times, Secret Friends and Sweet As You Are. She co-starred in Hallmark Hall of Fame's Merlin, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination, and Alice, the Hallmark Hall of Fame version of Alice in Wonderland. Other credits include Snow White, Showtime's The Big Brass Ring and the BBC's A Dance to the Music of Time.

Among Richardson's stage credits are Wallace Shawn's The Designated Mourner at the Royal National Theatre, Harold Pinter's Mountain Language, Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind, David Mamet's Edmond and The Changeling, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Terry Johnson's Insignificance, and Orlando, a one-woman piece working with Robert Wilson.

Bio courtesy Paramount for "The Hours" (01-Jan-2003)