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Miranda Richardson Biography and Filmography
Miranda Richardson
Birthday: March 3, 1958
Birth Place: Southport, Lancashire, England, UK
Height: 5' 5"
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Known for her vibrant, intelligent portrayals of women who run the gamut from cold-blooded killers to long-suffering wives, Miranda Richardson is one of the British cinema's foremost purveyors of elegant, energetic dysfunction. Born in Southport, Lancashire, on March 3, 1958, Richardson began acting in school plays and left school at the age of 17 to study drama at the Bristol Old Vic Theatres School. Following her graduation, she acted in repertory theatre, becoming affiliated with Manchester's Liberty Theatre in 1979. Obtaining her Equity card, Richardson performed in a number of regional productions before moving on to the London stage in 1981. While performing on the stage, she also began acting on television and then in film. Her first big break came when she was cast as the real-life Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be executed for murder in Britain, in Mike Newell's Dance with a Stranger (1985). Her astonishing performance as a woman destroyed by her dependence on her loutish lover (played by a sulky Rupert Everett) earned wide critical acclaim, but Richardson remained fairly unknown outside of Britain.In 1987, having turned down the opportunity to play the role that went to Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction, the actress appeared in her first American outing, Steven Spielberg's adaptation of J.G. Ballard's Empire of the Sun. Richardson's portrayal of a doctor's wife interned in a Japanese prison camp provided what little sensual heat there was to be found in the film, but it was not until five years later that American audiences finally took notice of her.In 1992, Richardson had substantial roles in both Damage and The Crying Game. Playing the long-suffering wife of a philandering MP (Jeremy Irons) in the former and a murderous IRA operative in the latter, she impressed both critics and audiences with the spellbinding range and depth of her performances. Her work in both films received a number of honors, including a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her work in Damage and a BAFTA award in the same category for her portrayal of The Crying Game's Jude. In addition, Richardson won a Golden Globe for her work in another film that year, Mike Newell's Enchanted April, in which she played one of a group of British women who find liberation in the hills of Tuscany.Richardson received her second Oscar nomination and third BAFTA nomination two years later, for her vivid, full-blooded performance in Tom and Viv, in which she played the aristocratic, unstable wife of T.S. Eliot. She subsequently did starring work in films of widely varying quality, turning in particularly memorable performances in Robert Altman's Kansas City (1996) and Robert Duvall's The Apostle (1997). In the first, she demonstrated great wit as a politician's drug-addicted wife, while in the second, she made her small role as a radio station secretary one of the film's most memorable features.Following a turn in David Hare's The Designated Mourner (which was filmed in 1997 as the actors were also performing in its original production on the London stage) and a delightfully nasty stint as the evil queen in Merlin (1998), Richardson could be seen in a number of projects in 1999. Two of these were particularly high-profile, the first being Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow, in which Richardson did time in a bodice and fright wig to portray a mysterious woman of questionable intention. The second, George Hickenlooper's The Big Brass Ring, was a political drama that featured the actress as the wife of a gubernatorial candidate (William Hurt) whose campaign is severely threatened by his past indiscretions.Richardson ushered in the new millenium with a role in the remake of the classic British crime-thriller Get Carter and by lending her voice to the claymation family film Chicken Run. In 2002, she wowed critics both with her performance in The Hours as well as in David Cronenberg's Spider, a film that had Richardson playing three different characters opposite Ralph Fiennes. After a handful of small films in 2003, the actress returned to the megaplexes as the Queen of Denmark in 2004's The Prince & Me.
Telepathy (2007)
[ Nathalie Press ]
Caitlin (2006)
[ Rosamund Pike ]
Spinning Into Butter (2006)
[ Sarah Jessica Parker ]
Puffball (2006)
[ Kelly Reilly ][ Tina Kellegher ]
Southland Tales (2006)
[ Sarah Michelle Gellar ][ Mandy Moore ][ Janeane Garofalo ][ Bai Ling ][ Kristen Stewart ]
Paris, je t'aime (2006)
[ Natalie Portman ][ Maggie Gyllenhaal ][ Juliette Binoche ][ Emily Mortimer ][ Gena Rowlands ]
Provoked (2006)
[ Aishwarya Rai ][ Julie Wallace ]
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
[ Emma Watson ][ Maggie Smith ][ Bonnie Wright ][ Shirley Henderson ][ Afshan Azad ]
Gideon's Daughter (2005)
[ Emily Blunt ]
Starry Night (2005)
Wah-Wah (2005)
[ Emily Watson ][ Julie Walters ][ Celia Imrie ]
Sueño de una noche de San Juan, El (2005)
[ Romola Garai ][ Fiona Shaw ]
The Prince & Me (2004)
[ Julia Stiles ][ Alberta Watson ]
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
[ Minnie Driver ][ Emmy Rossum ][ Jennifer Ellison ][ Kyla Irlam ][ Kathryn Dunn ]
Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004)
[ Neve Campbell ]
Falling Angels (2003)
[ Katharine Isabelle ]
The Rage in Placid Lake (2003)
[ Claire Danes ][ Rose Byrne ]
The Actors (2003)
[ Lena Headley ]
Comic Relief 2003: The Big Hair Do (2003)
[ Jennifer Saunders ][ Dawn French ][ Sarah Alexander ][ Alison Steadman ]
The Lost Prince (2003)
[ Suzanne Burden ]
The Hours (2002)
[ Nicole Kidman ][ Claire Danes ][ Julianne Moore ][ Meryl Streep ][ Toni Collette ]
Spider (2002)
[ Lynn Redgrave ]
Snow White (2001)
[ Kristin Kreuk ][ Vera Farmiga ]
Get Carter (2000)
[ Rachael Leigh Cook ][ Rhona Mitra ][ Gretchen Mol ][ Lauren Lee Smith ][ Crystal Lowe ]
Chicken Run (2000)
[ Imelda Staunton ][ Julia Sawalha ][ Jane Horrocks ]
The Miracle Maker (2000)
[ Emily Mortimer ][ Julie Christie ]
The Magic of Vincent (2000)
[ Emilia Fox ]
The Big Brass Ring (1999)
[ Irene Jacob ]
The King and I (1999)
[ Barbra Streisand ]
Alice in Wonderland (1999)
[ Whoopie Goldberg ][ Tina Majorino ][ Joanna Lumley ]
Blackadder Back & Forth (1999)
[ Kate Moss ]
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
[ Christina Ricci ][ Claire Skinner ][ Kyla Irlam ]
Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang (1999)
[ Alison Pill ]
Ted & Ralph (1998)
[ Kathy Burke ][ Gina Bellman ][ Donna Ewin ]
St. Ives (1998)
[ Anna Friel ][ Cecile Pallas ][ Tina Jo Bagne ]
Merlin (1998)
[ Helena Bonham Carter ][ Isabella Rossellini ][ Lena Headley ][ Kyla Irlam ]
Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Not! (1998)
[ Jennifer Saunders ][ Joanna Lumley ][ Julia Sawalha ][ Jane Horrocks ][ Dawn French ]
The Scold's Bridle (1998)
[ Trudie Styler ][ Beth Winslett ]
The Apostle (1997)
[ Farrah Fawcett ][ Dolly Parton ][ June Carter Cash ][ Barbara Harris ]
The Designated Mourner (1997)
The Evening Star (1996)
[ Juliette Lewis ][ Shirley McLaine ][ Jennifer Grant ][ Marion Ross ][ Diane Peterson ]
Swann (1996)
[ Brenda Fricker ]
Kansas City (1996)
[ Jennifer Jason-Leigh ][ Jane Adams ][ Brooke Smith ]
The Night and the Moment (1995)
[ Lena Olin ][ Carole Richert ]
New Best Friend (1994)
Fatherland (1994)
[ Jean Marsh ][ Clare Higgins ]
Tom & Viv (1994)
[ Anna Chancellor ][ Rosemary Harris ][ Claire Holman ][ Linda Spurrier ]
Demonella (1993)
[ Jennifer Saunders ]
Space Virgins from Planet Sex (1993)
[ Jennifer Saunders ][ Dawn French ]
Century (1993)
[ Lena Headley ][ Anna Chancellor ][ Liza Walker ][ Fiona Walker ][ Dail Sullivan ]
The Line, the Cross & the Curve (1993)
[ Kate Bush ]
Damage (1992)
[ Juliette Binoche ][ Leslie Caron ]
The Crying Game (1992)
Mr. Wakefield's Crusade (1992)
[ Pam Ferris ]
Enchanted April (1992)
[ Joan Plowright ][ Polly Walker ]
Old Times (1991)
[ Kate Nelligan ]
Mio caro dottor Gräsler (1991)
[ Kristin Scott-Thomas ][ Sarah-Jane Fenton ][ Teri Tordai ]
Broken Skin (1991)
Redemption (1991)
[ Lindsay Duncan ]
Les Dogs (1990)
[ Julie Wallace ]
The Fool (1990)
[ Miriam Margolyes ][ Irina Brook ]
The Untouchable Version (1989)
Ball-Trap on the Cote Sauvage (1989)
[ Zoe Wanamaker ]
Sueño del mono loco, El (1989)
[ Arielle Dombasle ][ Liza Walker ][ Anemone ][ Micky Sebastian ][ Nadine Sapena ]
The Undiscovered Version (1989)
Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988)
[ Miriam Margolyes ][ Nicola Bryant ]
Empire of the Sun (1987)
[ Paula Hamilton ]
Sweet as You Are (1987)
Eat the Rich (1987)
[ Jennifer Saunders ][ Dawn French ][ Kathy Burke ][ Koo Stark ][ Fiona Richmond ]
After Pilkington (1987)
The Dream Lover (1986)
[ Adrienne Corri ]
Beer (1986)
Money (1986)
Potato (1986)
Head (1986)
Dance with a Stranger (1985)
[ Joanne Whalley-Kilmer ]
The Death of a Heart (1985)
[ Patricia Hodge ]
Underworld (1985)
[ Ingrid Pitt ][ Irina Brook ]
The Innocent (1985)
The First Day (1980)
  • Turned down the role, subsequently taken by Glenn Close, in Fatal Attraction (1987)
  • Played roles in four unrelated movies in which her character was in charge of having heads cut off: Alice in Wonderland (1999) (TV), as the Queen of Hearts; Sleepy Hollow (1999), as the Western Woods Crone; "Blackadder II" (1986), as Queen Elizabeth; and Chicken Run (2000), as Mrs. Tweedy.
  • Attended Southport High School for Girls (Southport, England)
  • Father: William Alan Richardson (Marketing Executive). Mother: Marian Georgina Richardson. Sister: Lesley Richardson (Chiropodist, born in 1949).
  • Gave up smoking after being hypnotised.
  • Grew up in Southport, Merseyside
  • Wanted to become a vet.
  • One critic wrote that "Miranda Richardson has a face like an English sky".
  • In one of the sketches on "Saturday Night Live" (1975) (20 March 1993), The Rain People, her character tells Phil Hartman's character that she draws inspiration for a particularly emotional scene from a childhood experience. She awoke after a bad crash, saw her father's face, and told him that she was alright. Then, she saw that it was just her father's severed head in her lap. This makes both actors cry, and produces a great scene for which Phil Hartman's character wins the Oscar. He takes credit for the scene and claims the story as his own (and messes up the details). Miranda's character is so angry she screams, "I want his severed head in my lap!" several times.
  • Cast, ironically, as Rita Skeeter, one of Hermione Granger's least favorite people, in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), after she did an impersonation of Hermione in "Harry Potter and the Secret Chamberpot of Azibaijan", a Comic Relief sketch, in 2003.
  • She trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the late seventies with Daniel Day-Lewis, Amanda Redman, Jenny Seagrove and Greta Scacchi.
  • When Richardson was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in Tom & Viv (1994) she was seen as the least likely nominee to actually win. She was so unlikely and the film was so seldom heard of that a TNT public telephone poll cited her film as "Tom and Vic".
  • Nominated for the 1987 Olivier Award for Actress of the Year for her work in "A Lie of the Mind."
  • Graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

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