Julie Walters

Julie Walters Headshot

Actress

Birth Date: February 22, 1950

Age: 73 years old

Birth Place: Smethwick, England, UK

Dame Julie Walters, DBE was an Oscar nominee and multiple BAFTA winner whose skillful comedic and dramatic turns in "Educating Rita" (1983), "Billy Elliott" (2000), the "Harry Potter," "Mamma Mia!" and "Paddington" franchises and "Mary Poppins Returns" (2018) made her one of the most popular and prolific actresses on both sides of the Atlantic. Born Julia Mary Walters in Edgbaston, a suburb of Birmingham, England on February 22, 1950, she was one of five children by English and Irish parents. By her own account, she was not an academic-minded child - she was dismissed from Holly Lodge Grammar School for Girls for misbehavior - and went to work at an insurance company at the age of 15. Walters briefly trained as a nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, but left to pursue a long-standing dream of becoming an actor Studies in English and drama at Manchester Metropolitan University preceded her first stage roles with the Everyman Theatre Company, where she performed with fellow future stars like Jonathan Pryce, Bill Nighy and Pete Posthlewaite, with whom she was romantically involved during the 1970s. Stints in improvisational comedy and cabaret, as well as guest roles on television, preceded her first stab at stardom as a freethinking hairdresser from Liverpool who aspires to better herself in Willy Russell's play "Educating Rita" (1980). Walters earned critical raves for her performance, which was followed by a successful collaborative partnership with actress and playwright Victoria Wood, whom she had met while both were appearing in a 1978 sketch revue, "In at the Death." Their collaborations included a TV adaptation of Wood's play "Talent" (ITV, 1979) and two sketch comedy series, "Wood and Walters" (ITV, 1981-82) and "Victoria Wood As Seen on TV" (BBC Two, 1985-87), which yielded one of Walters' most popular comic characters, the elderly tea lady Mrs. Overall, on the soap opera spoof "Acorn Antiques." The character and sketch would earn a devoted fan following and an award-winning musical adaptation, directed by Trevor Nunn, in 2005. In 1983, Walters stepped into the spotlight in the film version of "Educating Rita," directed by Lewis Gilbert and co-starring Michael Caine as the alcoholic professor whose love of literature is reignited by Walters' Rita. For her performance, Walters earned an Oscar nomination, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for Best Actress in a Leading Role - the first of seven - and soon settled into steady character work in both dramatic and comedic features and television. Walters was a naïve waitress who supplemented her income by renting her apartment to escorts in Terry Jones' "Personal Services" (1987), the playwright Joe Orton's mother in Stephen Frears' "Prick Up Your Ears" (1987), and a mother who becomes involved in Irish-English peace relations in "Titanic Town" (1998), one year before she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). On television, she reunited with Wood for a 1991 special, "Julie Walters and Friends" (ITV) and the series "Dinnerladies" (BBC One, 1998-2000), about workers at a factory canteen in Manchester. In 2000, she netted her second Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, as well as a second BAFTA, as the dedicated dance teacher of a young Irish boy in Stephen Daldry's "Billy Elliot"; the success of the film led to a slew of high-profile film projects, including a recurring role as Molly Weasley in the "Harry Potter" film franchise, save for "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005). Walters also played one of a group of middle-aged women who produced a nude calendar to raise money for cancer research in "Calendar Girls" (2003), and netted BAFTA TV Awards for the comedy "Strange Relations" (ITV, 2001), with Paul Reiser; a grieving mother in "Murder" (2002); an updated Wife of Bath in BBC One's "Canterbury Tales" (2003); and as Northern Ireland Secretary of State Mo Mowlam in "Mo" (Channel 4, 2010). Between these projects, Walters played Jane Austen's mother in "Becoming Jane" (2007), the vivacious Rosie in "Mamma Mia!" (2008), the kindly Mrs. Bird in "Paddington" (2014) and its 2017 sequel, and a feisty boardinghouse owner in "Brooklyn" (2015), which brought her 16th BAFTA nomination, while also finding time to be named Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2008. Walters remained remarkably busy in her sixth decade, penning a 2008 autobiography, That's Another Story, paying tribute to Wood, who died in 2016, with the documentary series "Our Friend Victoria" (BBC, 2017), enjoying major supporting roles in "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!" and "Mary Poppins Returns" (both 2018), while also being named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2017.

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The Queen and Us

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2022

The Queen: 70 Glorious Years

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TV Show
2022

Terry Pratchett's The Abominable Snow Baby

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Granny
TV Show
2021

Dreamflight: Calming Stories

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TV Show
2021

Dreamflight: Calming Stories

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TV Show
2021

Scotland's Coastal Railways with Julie Walters

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2021

The Gruffalo and Me: The Remarkable Julia Donaldson

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TV Show
2020

The Magical World of Julia Donaldson

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2020

Chefs' Burnt Bits

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2020

For the Love of Britain

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TV Show
2020

For the Love of Britain

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2020

Soapy Slip-Ups

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2020

VE Day 75

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2020

The National Television Awards Celebrate 25 Years

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2020

The Secret Garden

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Mrs. Medlock
Movie
2020

Tainstvennyy sad

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Movie
2020

Master Moley By Royal Invitation

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Mrs Moley / The Queen
TV Show
2019

Weasels - Feisty And Fearless

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TV Show
2019

Safe at Last: Inside a Women's Refuge

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TV Show
2019

The Queen's Corgi

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The Queen
Movie
2019

Colin Firth Feat. Stellan Skarsgard, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan: Dancing Queen

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TV Show
2018

My Wonderful Life

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TV Show
2018

Sherlock Gnomes

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Mrs. Montague
Movie
2018

Mamma Mia! Here We Go AgainStream

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Rosie
Movie
2018
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Mary Poppins Returns

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Ellen
Movie
2018

Wild Rose

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Marion
Movie
2018

Coastal Railways With Julie Walters

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TV Show
2017

Our Friend Victoria

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TV Show
2017

Our Friend Victoria

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2017

Paddington 2Stream

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Mrs. Bird
Movie
2017
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Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

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Bella Turner
Movie
2017

Paddington 2

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Mrs. Bird
Movie
2017

Arrivals

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2016

The Secret Life of Sue Townsend (Aged 68 3/4)

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2016

National TreasureStream

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Marie Finchley
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2016
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There's Something About Romcoms

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2016

A Grand Night In: The Story Of Aardman

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2015

Parking Wars

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2015

Very British Problems

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2015

In Conversation

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2015

Heathrow: Britain's Busiest Airport

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2015

VE Day 70

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2015

Artsnight

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2015

Indian SummersStream

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Cynthia
TV Show
2015

BrooklynStream

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Mrs. Kehoe
Movie
2015
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PaddingtonStream

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Mrs. Bird
Movie
2014
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Effie Gray

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Margaret Cox Ruskin
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2014

Paddington

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Mrs. Bird
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2014

The Hollow CrownStream

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2013
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One Chance

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Yvonne Potts
Movie
2013

Justin and the Knights of Valour

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Gran
Movie
2013

The Harry Hill Movie

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Nan
Movie
2013

Victoria Derbyshire

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2012

The Legend of Mor'du

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The Witch
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2012

BraveStream

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The Witch
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2012
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The Jonathan Ross ShowStream

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2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2Stream

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Molly Weasley
Movie
2011
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Gnomeo & Juliet

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Miss Montague
Movie
2011

Victoria Wood In

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Joy-Ann
TV Show
2010

Celebrity Mastermind

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TV Show
2010

Mo

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Mo Mowlam
TV Show
2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1Stream

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Mrs. Weasley
Movie
2010
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Mo

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Mo Mowlam
Movie
2010

Victoria Wood's Midlife Christmas

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Bo Beaumont / Mrs. Overall
TV Show
2009

Victoria Wood: Seen on TV

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TV Show
2009

A Short Stay in Switzerland

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Dr. Anne Turner
TV Show
2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceStream

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Mrs. Weasley
Movie
2009
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A Short Stay in Switzerland

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Dr. Anne Turner
Movie
2009

Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story

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Mary Whitehouse
TV Show
2008

Masterpiece Classic

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TV Show
2008

Mamma Mia!Stream

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Rosie
Movie
2008
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Oliver Twist

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Mrs Mann
TV Show
2007

The Graham Norton ShowStream

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2007

Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixStream

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Mrs. Weasley
Movie
2007
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Becoming Jane

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Mrs. Austen
Movie
2007

The Choir

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TV Show
2006

Driving Lessons

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Evie Walter
Movie
2006

Acorn Antiques: The Musical

Actor
Bo Beaumont / Mrs Overall (Not Bingo Nights)
Movie
2006

The Ruby in the Smoke

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Mrs. Holland
Movie
2006

Victoria Wood : A BAFTA Tribute

Self
TV Show
2005

Wah-Wah

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Gwen Traherne
Movie
2005

Ahead of the Class

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Movie
2005

The ITV2 Pantomime

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TV Show
2004

Who Do You Think You Are?

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2004

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanStream

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Mrs. Weasley
Movie
2004
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Mickybo and Me

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Mickybo's Ma
Movie
2004

Canterbury Tales

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TV Show
2003

Calendar Girls

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Annie
Movie
2003

The Return

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Lizzie Hunt
Movie
2003

Murder

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Angela Maurer
TV Show
2002

The Jury

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Emma Watts
TV Show
2002

My Beautiful Son

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Sheila Fitzpatrick
Movie
2002

Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsStream

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Mrs. Molly Weasley
Movie
2002
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Before You Go

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Theresa
Movie
2002

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneStream

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Mrs. Weasley
Movie
2001
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Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings

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TV Show
2000

Talking Heads 2

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Marjory
TV Show
2000

Lover's Prayer

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Princess Zasyekin
Movie
2000

Billy ElliotStream

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Mrs. Wilkinson
Movie
2000
85%

Oliver Twist

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TV Show
1999

dinnerladies

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Petula
TV Show
1998

Girls' Night

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Jackie Simpson
Movie
1998

Titanic Town

Actor
Bernie McPhelimy
Movie
1998

Intimate Relations

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Marjorie Beasley
Movie
1996

Brazen Hussies

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Maureen Hardcastle
Movie
1996

Jake's Progress

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Julie Diadoni
TV Show
1995

Bambino Mio

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Alice
Movie
1994

Pat and Margaret

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Pat Bedford
Movie
1994

Requiem Apache

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Mrs. Capstan
Movie
1994

Sister My Sister

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Madame Danzard
Movie
1994

The Summer House

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Movie
1993

The Wedding Gift

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Diana Longden
Movie
1993

Victoria Wood's All Day Breakfast

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TV Show
1992

Just Like a Woman

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Monica
Movie
1992

G.B.H.

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TV Show
1991

Stepping Out

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Vera
Movie
1991

Killing Dad

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Judith
Movie
1989

Mack the Knife

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Mrs. Peachum
Movie
1989

Jack and the Beanstalk

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Fairy Godmother
TV Show
1988

Talking Heads

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Marjory
TV Show
1988

Buster

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June Edwards
Movie
1988

Abrete de Orejas

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Movie
1987

Prick Up Your EarsStream

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Elsie Orton
Movie
1987
95%

Personal Services

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Christine Painter
Movie
1987

La Jaguar de mon mari

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Movie
1986

Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV

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TV Show
1985

Car Trouble

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Jacqueline
Movie
1985

She'll Be Wearing Pink Pajamas

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Fran
Movie
1985

She'll Be Wearing Pink Pyjamas

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Fran
Movie
1984

Natural World

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TV Show
1983

Educating Rita

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Rita, aka Susan
Movie
1983

Boys From the Blackstuff

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Angie Todd
TV Show
1982

Occupy!

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Movie
1976

Second City Firsts

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Terry
TV Show
1973

Great PerformancesStream

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TV Show
1972