Miranda Richardson

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Miranda Jane Richardson (born 3 March 1958) is an English stage, film and television actor. She has been nominated for two Academy Awards, and has won two Golden Globes (with seven nominations) and a BAFTA (with seven nominations) during her career. She plays Rita Skeeter in the Harry Potter movies.

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[edit] Early life

Richardson was born in Southport, Lancashire, to Marian Georgina (née Townsend), a housewife, and William Alan Richardson, a marketing executive.[1] The second daughter of a middle class family, she revealed a talent for acting as a girl. She has one sister, eight years her senior. Her parents and sister are not involved in the performing arts. At an early age she performed in school plays, demonstrating a talent and desire to "turn herself into" other people.

[edit] Career

[edit] Theatre

Richardson enrolled at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School,[2] where she studied alongside Daniel Day-Lewis, having started out with juvenile performances in Cinderella and Lord Arthur Savile's Crime at the Southport Dramatic Club. Richardson enjoyed a successful and extensive theatre career, making her stage debut in Moving at the Queen's Theatre in 1981. Soon afterwards, she appeared in repertory theatre, until she found recognition in the West End for a series of stage performances, ultimately receiving an Olivier Award nomination for her performance in A Lie of the Mind,[3] and in 1996, she is cited as "the greatest actress of our time in any medium" by one critic after she appeared in Orlando at the Edinburgh Festival. She returned to the London stage in May 2009 to play the lead role in Wallace Shawn's new play, Grasses of a Thousand Colours at the Royal Court Theatre.[4]

[edit] Film and television

In 1985, Richardson made her film debut as Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in the United Kingdom, in Mike Newell's biographical drama, Dance With A Stranger. Within a year, she had been cast by Steven Spielberg to appear in his World War II drama, Empire of the Sun (1987).

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Richardson at the world premiere of The Young Victoria, 2009.
Richardson is known for her role as an infantile Queen Elizabeth I, aka Queenie, in the British television comedy Blackadder II. She returned in guest roles in one episode each in Blackadder the Third and Blackadder Goes Forth. She returned to role from Blackadder for a Christmas special Blackadder's Christmas Carol and a special edition for the millennium Blackadder: Back and Forth. She appeared in TV series The Storyteller in episode "The Three Ravens" playing a witch.

Her portrayal of a troubled theatre-goer in Secret Friends (BBC 2, 1990) was described as "a miniature tour de force... Miranda Richardson's finest hour, all in ten minutes" (The Sunday Times). Other television roles include Pamela Flitton in A Dance to the Music of Time (1997), Miss Gilchrist in St. Ives (1998), Bettina the obsessive-compulsive interior decorator in Absolutely Fabulous, the sadistic Queen Elspeth in Hallmark's Snow White: The Fairest Of Them All (2001), and the emotionally repressed Queen Mary in The Lost Prince (2003).

Richardson has appeared in a number of high-profile supporting roles in the cinema, including Vanessa Bell in The Hours, Lady Van Tassel in Sleepy Hollow and Patsy Carpenter in The Evening Star. She also won acclaim for her performances in The Crying Game and Enchanted April, for which she won a Golden Globe. She received Academy Award nominations for her performances in Damage and Tom & Viv.[citation needed]

Her film credits also include Robert Altman's Kansas City (1996), Robert Duvall's The Apostle (1997) and Richard E. Grant's Wah-Wah (2005). In 2002, she performed a triple-role alongside Ralph Fiennes in David Cronenberg's acclaimed thriller Spider, a film that won her several international critics awards.[5]

Richardson also appeared as Queen Rosalind of Denmark in the Julia Stiles vehicle The Prince and Me and as the ballet mistress Madame Giry in the long-awaited film version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical The Phantom Of The Opera (2004), starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum. In 2005, she appeared in the role of Rita Skeeter, the toxic Daily Prophet journalist in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire. In 2006 she appeared alongside Bill Nighy in Stephen Poliakoff's multi-Golden Globe winning BBC drama, Gideon's Daughter. She played Mrs. Claus in the film Fred Claus (2007), co-starring Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti.

Richardson teamed up alongside Absolutely Fabulous star Jennifer Saunders in the BBC sitcom, The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle. She appeared as a guest on Nigel Slater's A Taste of my Life in which she cooked dishes including lamb tagine and huevos rancheros.[citation needed]

It was announced in December 2008 that Richardson was cast in a leading role in original AMC pilot, Rubicon. She plays Katherine Rhumor, a New York socialite who finds herself drawn into the central intrigue of a think tank, after the death of her husband.[6]

Additionally, she played Labour politician Barbara Castle in the British film Made in Dagenham.[7]

[edit] Personal life

Richardson lives in West London with her two cats, Otis and Waldo, and her dogs Liv and Ivo. Her hobbies include drawing, walking, gardening, fashion, falconry, and music.[8]

[edit] Theatre roles

[edit] Filmography

Year Film Role Other notes
1984 A Woman of Substance Paula McGill Amory TV
1985 Dance with a Stranger Ruth Ellis Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress
Variety Club Award
Underworld Oriel
The Innocent Mary Turner
Blackadder II Queen Elizabeth I ("Queenie") TV
1986 After Pilkington Penny Nominated — BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress
The Death of the Heart Daphne Heccomb
1987 Blackadder the Third Amy Hardwood TV
Episode: Amy and Amiability
Eat the Rich DHSS Blonde
Empire of the Sun Mrs. Victor
Sweet as You Are Julia Perry TV
Royal Television Society Award for Best Performance - Female
1988 Blackadder's Christmas Carol Queen Elizabeth I/ Queen Asphyxia XIX TV
1989 Ball Trap on the Cote Sauvage Early Bird
Blackadder Goes Forth Nurse Mary Fletcher-Brown TV
Episode: General Hospital
The Mad Monkey Marilyn
1990 Secret Friends Olivia TV
The Bachelor Frederica
The Fool Columbine / Rosalind / Ophelia
Twisted Obsession Marilyn
Old Times Anna
Die Kinder Sidonie Reiger TV
1992 The Crying Game Jude O'Hara New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress also for Damage and Enchanted April
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Damage Ingrid Fleming BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
London Critics Circle Film Award for Best British Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress also for The Crying Game and Enchanted April
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Enchanted April Rose Arbuthnot Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress also for The Crying Game and Damage
1993 Century Clara
The Line, the Cross and the Curve Mysterious woman
1994 Absolutely Fabulous Bettina TV
Tom & Viv Vivienne Haigh-Wood National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Fatherland Charlie Maguire Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
The Night and the Moment Julie
1996 The Evening Star Patsy Carpenter Society of Texas Film Critics Award for Best Supproting Actress also for Kansas City
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Kansas City Carolyn Stilton Society of Texas Film Critics Award for Best Supproting Actress also for The Evening Star
1997 The Designated Mourner Judy
Saint-Ex Consuelo
The Apostle Toosie Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
A Dance to the Music of Time Pamela Flitton TV
Nominated — BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Royal Television Society Award for Best Performance - Female
1998 St. Ives Miss Gilchrist
The Scold's Bridle Dr Sarah Blakeney
Merlin Queen Mab / The Lady of the Lake Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1999 Alice in Wonderland Queen of Hearts / Society Woman
The Big Brass Ring Dinah Pellarin Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Sleepy Hollow Lady Mary Van Tassel / Crone Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress - Horror
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Blackadder: Back & Forth Queen Elizabeth I / Queenie
The King and I Anna Leonowens Voice Only
Nominated — London Critics Circle Film Award for Best British Actress
2000 Get Carter Gloria Carter
Chicken Run Mrs. Tweedy Voice Only
The Miracle Maker Mary Magdalene Voice Only
2001 Snow White: Fairest of Them All Elspeth / Queen
2002 The Hours Vanessa Bell Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Spider Yvonne / Mrs. Cleg San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actress
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — London Critics Circle Film Award for Best British Actress
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
2003 The Lost Prince Queen Mary TV
Nominated — BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Rage In Placid Lake Sylvia Lake Nominated — Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Supporting Actor - Female
Falling Angels Mary Field
2004 The Prince and Me Queen Rosalind
Churchill: The Hollywood Years Eva Braun
The Phantom of the Opera Madame Giry
Absolutely Fabulous Bettina "White Box" TV
2005 Midsummer Dream Queen Titania Voice Only
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Rita Skeeter
2006 Gideon's Daughter Stella TV
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Merlin's Apprentice Lady of the Lake TV
Wah-Wah Lauren Compton
Provoked Veronica Scott
Paris, je t'aime‎ The Wife Segment: Bastille
2007 Puffball Mabs Tucker
Fred Claus Mrs. Annette Claus
Southland Tales Nana Mae Van Adler-Frost
Spinning Into Butter Catherine Kenney
The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle Helena TV
2009 The Young Victoria Duchess of Kent
2010 Made in Dagenham Barbara Castle
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Rita Skeeter
Rubicon Katherine Rhumor TV

[edit] Awards and nominations

[edit] Academy Award

  • Nominated (1993): Best Supporting Actress, Damage
  • Nominated (1995): Best Actress, Tom & Viv

[edit] BAFTA Award

[edit] Golden Globe Award

  • Won (1993): Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical/Comedy, Enchanted April
  • Nominated (1993): Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture, Damage
  • Nominated (1995): Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama, Tom & Viv
  • Won (1995): Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV, Fatherland
  • Nominated (1999): Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV, Merlin
  • Nominated (2000): Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV, The Big Brass Ring
  • Nominated (2005): Best Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television, The Lost Prince

[edit] Laurence Olivier Award

  • Nominated (1988): Best Actress, A Lie of the Mind

[edit] Notes

  1. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Past Graduates[dead link]
  2. Awards for Spider at the Internet Movie Database
  3. [dead link]

[edit] External links

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