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Also Known As: Julia Mary Walters Died:
Born: February 22, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Birmingham, England, GB Profession: actor, nurse

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This feisty, forthright actress with a tart essence first came to attention in her Oscar-nominated turn opposite Michael Caine in "Educating Rita" (1983). Instantly beloved by audiences after the film, in which she played an adult hairdresser who goes against her husband, family and the class structure to get an education, Walters eschewed a Hollywood career to return to Britain where she quickly became a popular character player and lead in numerous film and TV productions. Many of the latter have been released theatrically in the USA partly because of her drawing power.

This feisty, forthright actress with a tart essence first came to attention in her Oscar-nominated turn opposite Michael Caine in "Educating Rita" (1983). Instantly beloved by audiences after the film, in which she played an adult hairdresser who goes against her husband, family and the class structure to get an education, Walters eschewed a Hollywood career to return to Britain where she quickly became a popular character player and lead in numerous film and TV productions. Many of the latter have been released theatrically in the USA partly because of her drawing power.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Effie Gray (2014)
2.
 One Chance (2013)
3.
 Brave (2012)
4.
 Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
6.
9.
 Mamma Mia! (2008)
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Joined Granada's Stable Theatre for one year after finishing at Manchester Polytechnic
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Made stage debut in the Liverpool production of "The Taming of the Shrew"
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Joined Everyman Theatre company in Liverpool during mid-1970s
1976:
Made London stage debut in "Funny Peculiar"
1979:
Landed early TV appearance on the British series "Screenplay"
1980:
Appeared in the West End production of "Educating Rita"
1982:
Co-starred with Victoria Wood in the Granada TV series "Wood and Walters"
1982:
Cast on the BBC2 comedy-drama "Boys from the Black Stuff"
1983:
Reprised stage role for the film version of "Educating Rita"; earned first Best Actress Academy Award nomination
1984:
Appeared opposite Ian Charleson in British stage production of "Fool for Love"
1985:
Played the mother on the British TV series "The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole"
1985:
Joined cast of the BBC variety series "Victoria Wood As Seen On TV"
1989:
Played lead role in British stage production of "Frankie and Johnnie in the Clair de Lune"
1991:
Starred opposite Ken Stott in the West End revival of "The Rose Tattoo"
1991:
Played Robert Lindsay's mother on the Channel 4 series "GBH"
1991:
First U.S. film role, opposite Liza Minnelli in "Stepping Out"
1992:
Headlined her own British TV special "Julie Walters and Friends" (ITV)
1993:
Starred in British TV-movie "Wide-Eyed and Legless" (released in the U.S. as "The Wedding Gift")
1994:
Garnered praise for her performance in "Sister, My Sister"
1996:
Co-starred with Rupert Graves in "Intimate Relations"
1997:
Landed featured role in the miniseries "Melissa" (Channel 4)
1998:
Played Victoria Wood's mother on the BBC comedy series "Dinnerladies"
1998:
Offered a strong performance as a 1970s Belfast housewife who tries to negotiate a peace in "Titanic Town"
1999:
Played Mrs. Mann in the miniseries remake of "Oliver Twist" (PBS)
2000:
Played the title character's supportive ballet teacher in "Billy Elliot"; earned a Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination
2000:
Acted on the London stage in a revival of "All My Sons"
2001:
Cast as Mrs. Weasley in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"
2002:
Reprised role of Molly Weasley for "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"
2003:
Played a widow determined to make some good come out of her husband's death in "Calendar Girls"
2004:
Once again played Mrs. Weasley in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"
2005:
Cast in Richard E. Grant's directorial debut "Wah-Wah"
2006:
Played the lead role in "Driving Lessons" alongside Rupert Grint (who played her son Ron in the "Harry Potter" series)
2007:
Portrayed Jane Austen's mother in the period film "Becoming Jane"
2008:
Featured in the film version of the ABBA musical "Mamma Mia!"
2009:
Returned to play Molly Weasley for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
2010:
Reprised role of Molly Weasley for the seventh and final installment of the series directed by David Yates, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"
2011:
Appeared on the ITV drama "The Jury II"
2012:
Voiced The Witch in Disney Pixar animated feature "Brave"
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Education

Queen Elizabeth Hospital: -
Manchester Polytechnic: -
Manchester Polytechnic: -

Notes

Appointed to the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 1999.

On her "Educating Rita" promotional tour of the USA: "I had great fun, but I was visiting, so I was free to say what I liked and go home. I couldn't take the glitz and lip gloss and shoulder pads, and the fact that people felt they have to look gorgeous all the time. I'd hate to be an actress in L.A. I couldn't stand the pressure." --Julie Walters in Newsday, August 1, 1994.

"Everyone falls in love with Julie Walters. She rubs off on people." --writer Alan Beasdale

On her character in "Billy Elliot", Walters told David Germain of Associated Press (Chicago Sun-Times, October 27, 2000): "I loved the woman. She was truthfully written, I felt. She was disappointed on every single level you can possibly be disappointed. And I just loved that."

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Pete Postlethwaite. Actor. Worked together at Liverpool's Everyman Theatre.
husband:
Grant Roffey. Father of Maisie; together since 1985 when they met in a Fulham wine bar; married in at City Hall in NYC in 1997.

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daughter:
Maisie Roffey. Born c. 1988; Walters did not work for two years in the early 1990s to care for Maisie while she suffered with leukemia before the disease went into remission.

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