Cover from Julie Walters 2008 Autobiography
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Date of birth: February 22, 1950
Place of birth: Birmingham, England
Julie Walters is a paradoxical figure in that she is both star and celebrity yet she is also Everywoman. Enormously popular in the UK Julie Walters first started out in TV comedy before landing her first film role as Rita in Educating Rita. Although this brought to the attention of international movie makers Walters has largely eschewed Hollywood remaining on the British acting scene working across mainstream theatre and TV drama as well as playing roles in many films. Her performances are always fully committed but are often characters associated with warmth, directness and wit. Her Britishness is far away from the Home Counties model and the heritage industry style of film populated by actors such as Helena Bonham-Carter and increasingly Kiera Knightley. The characters Walters plays are associated very much with ordinary people who are working class or lower middle class. In this sense Walters can be said to represnt a far more realistic version of Britain than many of her fellow actors. This may well account for the estem with which she is commonly held.
- 2008 - Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince
- 2008 - Mamma Mia!
- 2007 - Becoming Jane
- 2007 - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- 2006 - Driving Lessons
- 2005 - Wah-Wah
- 2004 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- 2003 - Calendar Girls
- 2002 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- 2001 - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
- 2001 - Before You Go
- 2000 - Billy Elliot
- 1998 - Titanic Town
- 1997 - Girls' Night
- 1995 - Intimate Relations
- 1994 - Sister My Sister
- 1992 - Just Like a Woman
- 1991 - Stepping Out
- 1989 - Killing Dad
- 1988 - Buster
- 1987 - Personal Services
- 1987 - Prick Up Your Ears
- 1985 - Car Trouble
- 1984 - She'll Be Wearing Pink Pyjamas
- 1983 - Educating Rita
- 1976 - Occupy!