Julie Walters | Biography
Julia Mary "Julie" Walters is an English actress and writer. She has been known as a successful stage performer of longstanding qualifications. She has been involved in many of the most important theatrical progressions of the last 25 years. She has won two BAFTA Film Awards, four BAFTA TV Awards and received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2014. Additional to it, she has been well famous for being a best-selling author and an award-winning screen actress. She has been taken part in one of the most successful franchises in screen history, playing Mrs Weasley in the Harry Potter movies. Worldwide fame and critical respect – really, she has it all.
Walters was born in St. Chad's Hospital, Edgbaston, Birmingham, Warwickshire on the 22nd of February, 1950, then the maternity hospital for Smethwick, Staffordshire. Her parents, Mary Bridget, an Irish Catholic postal clerk born in Ireland, and Thomas Walters, an English builder and decorator, lived at 69 Bishopton Road, near Lightwoods Park, Bearwood area of Smethwick. She is the youngest of five children and the third to survive birth. She did not have an academic background, there being no books kept in the house, and Julie was not a good student. By the time she reached Holly Lodge Grammar School she was a habitual truant, her misbehavior made easier by the fact that both Thomas and Mary worked full-time. Eventually she was given a letter to take home, a letter asking her parents not to send her back to school. Canny Julie opened it and binned it, instead telling her parents she'd decided to leave the Lower Sixth and find work. To her mother's delight, she'd begin training as a nurse at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Her mother was always worried about her future as long as she lived. She had been helping her daughter to find a proper motivation in her life so that she wont have to depend on anyone for her living. When her mother died, in 1989, Walters was deeply moved to find amongst her possessions a box stuffed with newspaper clippings recording Julie's many successes.
Her first job was in insurance at the age of 15. At 18 she trained as a nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, and worked on the ophthalmic, casualty and coronary care wards during the 18 months she spent there. Walters decided to leave nursing, and studied English and drama at Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Metropolitan University) and pursued a career in the performing arts. Walters worked for the Everyman Theatre Company in Liverpool in the mid-1970s, alongside several other notable performers: Bill Nighy, Pete Postlethwaite, Jonathan Pryce, Willy Russell and Alan Bleasdale. Walters first received notice as the occasional partner of comedienne Victoria Wood, whom she had briefly met in Manchester. Before making her London stage debut in Educating Rita, Walters had worked in regional theatre, stand-up comedy and cabaret. Her first serious acting role on TV was in the classic Boys from the Blackstuff in 1982, and she broke into films with her Academy-Award-nominated, BAFTA Best Actress award-winning and Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical/Comedy award-winning performance opposite Michael Caine in Educating Rita (1983), a role she had created on the West End stage. By 2000s Walters had won numerous other acting awards, and was appointed officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1999 and raised to commander level (CBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours for her services to drama. In 2001 she won a Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in Arthur Miller's All My Sons. She received her second Oscar nomination and won a BAFTA for her supporting role as the ballet teacher in Billy Elliot (2000). In 2002 she again won a BAFTA for her performance as Paul Reiser's mother in My Beautiful Son.
Very charming and intelligent Walter had very steady pace in her early days. But after her mother’s death, she finally decided to stand firm on her base and since then she has been getting sequence of success on every single day. Talking about her personal life, she is living with Grant Roffey, an Automobile Association patrol man. The couple has a daughter, Maisie Mae Roffey. They has not married till 1997 but after being in a relation for 11 years they finally decided to move to New York City, where they are living on an organic farm run by Roffey near Plaistow, West Sussex.
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