In 1975, she made her London stage debut in the aptly-titled comedy Funny Peculiar, and continued to do cabaret until she landed a solo role in Willy Russell’s Educating Rita. Since then, she has kept up a steady stream of film and television stunts, and has earned the reputation of being one of Britain’s most talented actresses. Some of her well known roles include the dance teacher in Billy Elliot (2000), Calender Girls (2003) and Rosie in Mamma Mia (2008).
In 1997, she married Grant Roffrey after a twelve-year-relationship. The couple have one daughter, Maisie. In 1999, Julie was awarded an OBE, and in 2008 was made a CBE for her services to drama.
- New documentary announced to celebrate the career of Julie Walters - A new BBC2 documentary has been announced to celebrate the illustrious career of Julie Walters!
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The role of Molly Weasley made Julie recognisable internationally. The character really came into her own in Deathly Hallows – Part 2, when Mrs Weasley duels with Bellatrix Lestrange and kills her after screaming the now infamous line, “not my daughter, you bitch!”
In 2003, Julie’s portrayal of Molly Weasley was voted second best movie portrayal of a mother, by Blockbuster customers.
Julie said that when she was offered the role, it was impossible to turn down:
“That was about ‘this is so important to kids’. It was a phenomenon and my daughter was nine when it came out – just the right age. I read the book long before the film and when they said, about three or four years later, we’re going to make a film and would you like to play Mrs Weasley, I thought ‘absolutely! I want to be part of that. What fun!”
- Julie’s mother wanted her to be a nurse, and was upset by her choice of career. When she died in 1989, Julie found a box of newspaper cuttings in her posession, detailing all her sucesses.
- Julie’s birth was complicated, and the umbicial cord wrapped around her neck. A priest was called to give both her mother and Julie the Last Rites.
- Julie’s first job was in insurance at the age of 15.
- When she was 18 she trained as nurse.
- When her daughter was 2, she was diagnosed with leukaemia, and Julie gave up work to look after her. Thankfully, she recovered.
- Julie was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Billy Elliot (2000).
- She was ranked first in the 2001 Orange survey of the Greatest British Film Actresses.
- She was awarded a CBE for services to drama in 2008.
- Although she played Victoria Wood’s mother on Dinnerladies, she is only three years older.
- She was awarded the Lawrence Olivier Theater Award in 2001, for Best Actress and her role in All My Sons.
- In 2006, she came 6th in ITV’s poll of the Public’s Greatest Stars.
- In 2006, she starred in Driving Lessons alongside Rupert Grint.
- In the summer of 2006, Julie published her first novel, Maggie’s Tree.
- In 2009, Julie was awarded a star in the Birmingham Walk of Stars.
- Julie has appeared in many commericals, including for ASDA, and lv.com.
- Julie has won seven BAFTA awards, including a special BAFTA in 2003 that she received at a tribute evening.
- Julie has appeared in several musicals over her career. Most notable is Mamma Mia, where she starred alongside Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan and sung on the soundtrack.
- Julie said in an interview in 2008 that her worst job ever was testing ill people’s stools.
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