Miranda Richardson

Miranda Richardson

Mar. 3rd, 1958
Born in
Southport, Lancashire, England, UK
5' 5"

Miranda Richardson's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Black Adder (UK) TV Show
Black Adder (UK)
Rubicon TV Show
World Without End TV Show
World Without End
Merlin (1998) (UK) TV Show
Merlin (1998) (UK)
Parade's End (UK) TV Show
Parade's End (UK)
Merlin's Apprentice (UK) TV Show
Merlin's Apprentice (UK)
And Then There Were None (UK) TV Show
And Then There Were None (UK)
Mapp And Lucia (UK) TV Show
Mapp And Lucia (UK)
A Woman of Substance TV Show
A Woman of Substance
Unnatural Causes (UK) TV Show
Unnatural Causes (UK)

Main Movie Roles

2015 - Testament Of Youth
2014 - Belle
2014 - Muppets Most Wanted
2011 - Turtle: The Incredible Journey
2010 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
2010 - Made in Dagenham
2009 - The Young Victoria
2008 - Kis Vuk
2007 - Puffball
2007 - Spinning Into Butter
2007 - Fred Claus
2006 - Paris, je t'aime
2006 - Southland Tales
2004 - The Phantom of the Opera
2003 - The Rage in Placid Lake
2003 - The Actors
2003 - Falling Angels
2002 - Spider
2002 - The Hours
2002 - Spider
2000 - Get Carter
2000 - Chicken Run
1999 - The Big Brass Ring
1999 - Blackadder Back & Forth
1999 - Sleepy Hollow
1999 - The King and I
1998 - St. Ives
1997 - The Apostle
1996 - The Evening Star
1996 - Kansas City
1994 - Tom & Viv
1993 - The Line, the Cross & the Curve
1992 - Damage
1992 - The Crying Game
1987 - Empire of the Sun
1987 - Eat the Rich

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Queen of Weevils (Voiced)
Sybil Birling
Queen Mary
Herself - Host
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Miranda Richardson was born in England on March 3, 1958. She comes from Southport in Lancashire (near Liverpool), and has one sister, eight years her senior. Her parents and sister are not involved in the performing arts. At an early age she performed in school plays, having shown a talent and desire to "turn herself into" other people. She has referred to it as "an emotional fusion; you think yourself into them". This mimicry could be of school friends or film stars. She left school (Southport High School for Girls) at the age of 17, and originally intended becoming a vet. She also considered studying English literature in college, but decided to concentrate on drama and enrolled at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (as did many well-known British actors). After three years she graduated and moved into repertory theatre. She became affiliated with the Library Theatre in Manchester in 1979, where she became an assistant stage manager. She obtained her Equity card, and after several regional productions, first appeared on the London stage (Moving at Queens Theatre) in 1981. British television roles soon followed, and then film. Since then, Miranda has moved into the international arena, and has made films in America, France and Spain. Television work (on both sides of the Atlantic) continues, as does some stage work. Her roles are diverse, but powerful and engaging. She has been quoted as stating "what I basically like is doing things I haven't done before" and this continually comes through in the variety of roles she has played in her career. She is also selective in the roles she takes, being uninterested in performing in the standard Hollywood fare, and preferring more offbeat roles. She was approached to play the Glenn Close role in Fatal Attraction (1987), but found it "regressive in its attitudes". Her attitude is summed up by a quote from an interview that appeared in the New York Times (Dec 27 1992): "I would rather do many small roles on TV, stage or film than one blockbuster that made me rich but had no acting. And if that's the choice I have to make, I think I've already made it". According to "1994 Current Biography Yearbook", she resides in South London with her two Siamese cats, Otis and Waldo. She has now moved to West London. Her hobbies include drawing, walking, gardening, fashion, falconry, and music. She, by her own admission, is a loner and lives rather modestly. An actor who studied with Ms Richardson at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre in the late 1970s described her as "a strong minded, specially gifted, rather pretty young woman who enjoys wearing jewelry. She wore toe rings, which in the late 1970s and especially in England, were a rarity and considered rather racy." He also remarked on her drive, even then, to be an actress of the highest caliber.

  • Wanted to become a vet.
  • She trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the late seventies with 'Daniel Day-Lewis' (qv), 'Amanda Redman' (qv), 'Jenny Seagrove' (qv) and 'Greta Scacchi' (qv).
  • She won successive Spoken Word Awards in 2002 and 2003 for her reading of Francesca Simon's 'Horrid Henry' in the audio books of the same name.
  • Cast, ironically, as Rita Skeeter, one of Hermione Granger's least favorite people, in _Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)_ (qv), after she did an impersonation of Hermione in "Harry Potter and the Secret Chamberpot of Azibaijan", a Comic Relief sketch, in 2003.
  • (1998) Involved, along with 'Sherilyn Fenn' (qv), 'Kate Winslet' (qv), 'Rufus Sewell' (qv) and 'Paul McGann (I)' (qv) in the 1998 film project "Johnny Hit and Run Pauline". The film was to be executive produced by 'Emma Thompson (I)' (qv), and written and directed by 'Fay Efrosini Lellios' (qv). The shooting was set to start in June 1998 in New Hampshire. The film was canceled due to financial withdrawal.
  • Grew up in Southport, Merseyside
  • Turned down a major role in the second series of _"Desperate Housewives" (2004)_ (qv) because it "snowballed into something that would be so disruptive" for her.
  • Graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

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