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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 3, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lancashire, England, GB Profession: actress, model

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Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning British actress Miranda Richardson delivered decades of stellar performances on stage and screen, becoming one of the most-respected international actresses of the late 20th century. With an exceptional versatility that staunchly deflected any attempts of "British actress" typecasting, Richardson starred as street toughs, gentile matriarchs and fairy tale queens (of both the good and evil variety) in American and UK film and television productions, earning Academy Award nominations for Louis Malle's "Damage" (1992) and the biopic of writer T.S. Eliot, "Tom & Viv" (1992). Richardson was a member of the stock company of Rowan Atkinson's eccentric "Blackadder" series, but equally at home at the center of character dramas like "The Hours" (2002) or delivering hilarious guest appearances on shows like the bawdy sitcom "Absolutely Fabulous" (BBC, 1992-96; 2001-05). An intelligent, intuitive actress unafraid of exploring emotional extremes and unglamorous reality, Richardson enjoyed steady success with critically-acclaimed projects well past the age when the telephones of one-dimensional fading beauties had stopped ringing.

Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning British actress Miranda Richardson delivered decades of stellar performances on stage and screen, becoming one of the most-respected international actresses of the late 20th century. With an exceptional versatility that staunchly deflected any attempts of "British actress" typecasting, Richardson starred as street toughs, gentile matriarchs and fairy tale queens (of both the good and evil variety) in American and UK film and television productions, earning Academy Award nominations for Louis Malle's "Damage" (1992) and the biopic of writer T.S. Eliot, "Tom & Viv" (1992). Richardson was a member of the stock company of Rowan Atkinson's eccentric "Blackadder" series, but equally at home at the center of character dramas like "The Hours" (2002) or delivering hilarious guest appearances on shows like the bawdy sitcom "Absolutely Fabulous" (BBC, 1992-96; 2001-05). An intelligent, intuitive actress unafraid of exploring emotional extremes and unglamorous reality, Richardson enjoyed steady success with critically-acclaimed projects well past the age when the telephones of one-dimensional fading beauties had stopped ringing.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Maleficent (2014)
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3.
 Belle (2014)
5.
 Made in Dagenham (2010)
7.
 Fox's Tale, A (2009)
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 Puffball (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Southport, an English seaside town
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Studied to be a veterinary surgeon but dropped out to study acting
1979:
Professional stage debut with the Manchester Library Theater
1981:
Made her London West End debut at Queen's Theater in "Moving"
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Made British TV debut as a pregnant au pair in the comedy series, "Agony"
1982:
Worked in repertory companies in England, acting in such plays as "All My Sons" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe?"
1984:
US TV debut in British-made miniseries, "A Woman of Substance
1984:
First collaboration with Mike Newell, the stage play "Life of Einstein" in Lancaster, England
1984:
Film acting debut, "The Innocent"
1985:
Breakthrough film role, Ruth Ellis in "Dance With a Stranger", directed by Mike Newell
1985:
Starred in David Mamet's "Edmond" on the British stage
1986:
Played Queen Elizabeth I in the British comedy "Blackadder II" (BBC)
1986:
Acted in the British telefilm "After Pilkington"
1987:
First US feature film, Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun"
1987:
Returned to the London stage in Sam Shepard's "A Lie of the Mind", co-starring Will Patton and Geraldine McEwan
1987:
Appeared in "Sorrel & Son" (aired in the USA on PBS' "Masterpiece Theater")
1988:
Reprised her role as Queen Elizabeth I in "Blackadder's Christmas Carol" (BBC)
1988:
Co-starred with Julian Wadham in "The Changeling" at the Royal National Theatre
1989:
Played Nurse Fletcher-Brown in an episode of "Blackadder Goes Forth"
1990:
Made first guest appearance on the British variety series "The Comic Strip"
1990:
Played an aspiring actress who turns to pornography and prostitution in the stage play "Etta Jenks"
1991:
Reteamed with Mike Newell for "Enchanted April" (released in the USA in 1992)
1992:
Co-starred in hit film "The Crying Game", playing a tough IRA operative
1992:
Earned first Oscar nomination playing the long-suffering wife of Jeremy Irons in Louis Malle's "Damage"
1993:
Hosted NBC's "Saturday Night Live" (March 20)
1993:
Appeared in three episodes of the British series "The Comic Strip"
1994:
Earned second Oscar nomination playing Vivienne Haigh-Wood, wife of poet T. S. Eliot in "Tom and Viv"
1994:
Co-starred in the HBO made-for-cable movie "Fatherland"
1994:
Made guest appearance on the British sitcom "Absolutely Fabulous" as a overwrought new mother
1996:
Had major roles in Robert Altman's "Kansas City" and Robert Harling's "The Evening Star"
1996:
Co-starred opposite Mike Nichols in the London stage production of Wallace Shawn's "The Designated Mourner"
1997:
Had featured role in Robert Duvall's "The Apostle"
1997:
Acted in the acclaimed British TV adaptation, "A Dance to the Music of Time"
1998:
Appeared as Queen Mab and the Lady of the Lake in the NBC miniseries "Merlin"
1999:
Played the Queen of Hearts in the NBC miniseries "Alice in Wonderland"
1999:
Returned to the London stage co-starring with Glenne Headly in "Aunt Dan and Lemon"
1999:
Had supporting role in "The Big Brass Ring"; screened at festivals before premiering on Showtime
1999:
Co-starred as Christina Ricci's stepmother in "Sleepy Hollow"
1999:
Appeared in the short film "Blackadder Back and Forth"; premiered at the Millennial Dome in Greenwich
2000:
Provided a character voice for the animated feature "Chicken Run"
2000:
Co-starred with Sylvester Stallone in the remake of "Get Carter"
2002:
Cast as the evil queen in ABC's live-action remake of "Snow White: The Fairest of Them All"
2002:
Appeared as a schizophrenic's mother in "Spider"
2002:
Co-starred in "The Hours" as Virginia Woolf's sister Vanessa Bell
2004:
Portrayed Queen Mary in the BBC movie "Lost Prince"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress
2004:
Portrayed Madame Giry in Andrew Lloyd Webber's screen adaptation of "The Phantom of the Opera"
2006:
Co-starred with Bill Nighy in BBC America's romantic drama "Gideon's Daughter" helmed by Stephen Poliakoff
2006:
Cast in Richard E. Grant's directorial debut, the autobiographical "Wah-Wah"
2007:
Played Aishwarya Rai's cellmate in "Provoked"
2009:
Played Princess Victoria, Duchess of Kent, opposite Emily Blunt, in "The Young Victoria"
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Education

Southport High School for Girls: -
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School: -

Notes

"The biggest sin in my buisiness is having a label and I will do anything I can to keep a director from saying 'Oh yeah, she's the tart killer type or the society matron type.' I want them to say. 'Oh yeah, she can play anything.'" --Miranda Richardson

"If I'm ever asked what I want from film work, I always say I would like to achieve the versatility I can find in the theatre, and having the same variety." --Miranda Richardson

"I'd heard Miranda was a tough interview. And she was. I think it's part shyness, part smart. She's smarter than most people and doesn't like dumb questions, and she doesn't bother trying to charm you. But when she lets herself relax, she's okay." --James Brady quoted in Parade, February 19, 1995.

"There isn't a Miranda Richardson kind of part. In the past, people have been confused about what I might be right for. But ultimately, that should work for you." --Miranda Richardson to USA Today, March 21, 1995.

"Miranda is totally unegomaniacal. She's highly professional, and I mean that in the best sense." --"Tom and Viv" co-star Rosemary Harris quoted in USA Today, March 21, 1995.

Family close complete family listing

father:
William Alan Richardson. Marketing executive.
mother:
Marian Georgina Richardson.
sister:
Lesley Richardson. Chiropodist. Born c. 1949.

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