Miranda Richardson was born on March 3, 1958 in Southport, Lancashire, England. The second daughter of middle-class parents, she had a talent for acting from an early age. She enrolled at the world famous Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where she studied alongside Daniel Day-Lewis and, in 1981, made her stage debut in Moving at the Queen’s Theatre in London.
Miranda made her film debut in 1985 as Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in the United Kingdom, in Dance with a Stranger. Shortly after, in 1986, she appeared on television as Queen Elizabeth I in BBC’s Blackadder II.
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Miranda joined the Harry Potter series in 2005, appearing as the sensationalist-seeking, ethically-questionable Daily Prophet reporter Rita Skeeter in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Absent from the following two films, Miranda reprised her role as Skeeter in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.
Reflecting on the opportunity to be a part of the Harry Potter series, Miranda had nothing but praise:
I think it’s a great thing to be part of. I do. Truly. I think it’s something that’s gonna last even though special effects move on at pace. I think that the storytelling, which is the prime importance, is pretty great during that franchise. I think there’s a back and forth that happens. The kids don’t just see the movie. They do read the books. It doesn’t matter if they read them before or after. There’s a wish and a will to get involved in that world, which is great.
- Miranda originally wanted to be a veterinarian.
- Prior to being cast in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Miranda worked with director Mike Newell on Dance with a Stranger and Enchanted April.
- She has been interested in falconry since the age of 12, when she saw a kestrel, and trains birds when she can.
- If she could have a superpower, she could be Carbo Woman: inhaling noxious fumes and saving the planet.
- When it comes to stage roles, she loves taking on new or unvisited material.
- 1993 – BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress for Damage
- 1993 – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy for Enchanted April
- 1995 – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for TV for Fatherland
Building on her love of animals, Miranda has supported to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for many years. She was a key speaker at the 2006 Icount Rally in London, speaking out against climate change, and has appeared in numerous television programs highlighting endangered animals.
Miranda serves on the WWF Council of Ambassadors, a distinguished group of senior volunteers, where she continues to promote animal welfare.
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