Miranda Richardson

Miranda Richardson

Age
56
Birthday
Mar. 3rd, 1958
Born in
Southport, Lancashire, England, UK
Height
5' 5"

Miranda Richardson's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Black Adder (UK) TV Show
Black Adder (UK)
Rubicon TV Show
Rubicon
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)
A Woman of Substance TV Show
A Woman of Substance
Unnatural Causes (UK) TV Show
Unnatural Causes (UK)
 

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Belle
2014 - Muppets Most Wanted
2010 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
2009 - The Young Victoria
2008 - Kis Vuk
2007 - Spinning Into Butter
2007 - Fred Claus
2007 - Puffball
2006 - Southland Tales
2006 - Paris, je t'aime
2005 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2004 - The Phantom of the Opera
2004 - The Prince and Me
2003 - Falling Angels
2003 - The Rage in Placid Lake
2003 - The Actors
2002 - Lost in La Mancha
2002 - Spider
2002 - The Hours
2000 - Get Carter
2000 - Chicken Run
1999 - The King and I
1999 - Blackadder Back & Forth
1999 - Sleepy Hollow
1997 - The Apostle
1996 - Kansas City
1996 - The Evening Star
1994 - Tom & Viv
1993 - The Line, the Cross & the Curve
1992 - Enchanted April
1992 - Damage
1992 - The Crying Game
1987 - Empire of the Sun
1987 - Eat the Rich

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Gudrun
1
Herself - Host
1
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BIOGRAPHY:

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.


TRIVIA:
  • Attended Southport High School for Girls (Southport, England)
  • Not related to actresses 'Joely Richardson' (qv) and 'Natasha Richardson (I)' (qv).
  • Gave up smoking after being hypnotised.
  • Wanted to become a vet.
  • Turned down the role, subsequently taken by 'Glenn Close' (qv), in _Fatal Attraction (1987)_ (qv)
  • When Richardson was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in _Tom & Viv (1994)_ (qv) 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".
  • Grew up in Southport, Merseyside
  • In one of the sketches on _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv) (20 March 1993), The Rain People, her character tells 'Phil Hartman (I)' (qv)'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 (I)' (qv)'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.


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