|Julie Walters Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 3 in|
|Date of Birth||February 22, 1950|
Julie Walters is a successful English actress and author. She has received many accolades including BAFTA Awards and Golden Globe Awards. She is known for her roles in Educating Rita, Billy Elliot, Personal Services, Prick Up Your Ears, Buster, Stepping Out, Sister My Sister, Girls’ Night, Becoming Jane, Mamma Mia!, Brave, Brooklyn, My Beautiful Son, Murder, and Mo. Julie was confirmed with the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2017.
Julia Mary Walters
Edgbaston, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Plaistow, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Julie Walters studied at a convent school and later shifted to Holly Lodge Grammar School for Girls on Holly Lane in Smethwick. She took nurse training at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham when she was 18 years old.
Later, she had a change in career and enrolled in English and drama lessons at Manchester Metropolitan University.
- Father – Thomas Walters (Builder, Decorator)
- Mother – Mary Bridget (Postal Clerk)
- Siblings – Tom Walters (Brother), Kevin Walters (Brother)
- Others – Jill Walters (Sister-In-Law), Sarah V. Roffey (Sister-In-Law), Martin John (Uncle), Joseph John (Uncle), Thomas Francis Walters (Paternal Grandfather), Thomas Walters (Paternal Great Grandfather), Sarah J. (Paternal Great Grandmother), Amy Selina C. Crisp (Paternal Grandmother), Stephen Henry Crisp (Paternal Great Grandfather), Elizabeth/Eliza Bourne (Paternal Great Grandmother), Patrick O’Brien (Maternal Grandfather), John O’Brien (Maternal Great Grandfather), Maria Buchanan (Maternal Great Grandmother), Bridget Clarke (Maternal Grandmother), Anthony Clarke (Maternal Great Grandfather), Bridget Staunton (Maternal Great Grandmother)
Julie Walters is managed by –
- Independent Talent Group Ltd., Talent Agency, London, United Kingdom
- ICM Partners, Talent and Literary Agency, Los Angeles, California, United States
5 ft 3 in or 160 cm
56 kg or 123.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Julie Walters has dated –
- D. T. Boyfriend (1969-1974) – In July 1969, Julie started dating a British fellow D. T. Boyfriend. It was D.T. who saw her acting skills and suggested she take acting lessons. In 1973, the couple got engaged; however, they separated in 1974.
- Pete Postlethwaite (1974–1979) – In 1974, Julie began a relationship with British actor, Pete Postlethwaite. The couple dated for around 5 years, before splitting up in 1979.
- Grant Roffey – Julie began a relationship with Automobile Association patrolman Grant Roffey whom she met in a bar in Fulham. They have a daughter together named Maisie Mae Roffey (b. April 26, 1988). The couple married much later in 1997 in New York City. They own an organic farm in West Sussex.
Race / Ethnicity
She has English ancestry on her father’s side and has Irish ancestry on her mother’s side.
- Short hairstyle
- Pointed chin
- Deep set eyes
Julie Walters has done endorsement work for brands like –
- Glist washing-up liquid
- Asda supermarket
- Clorets breath freshener
- Cussons Imperial Leather soap
- Nintendo DS Brain Training
- Bisto gravy granules
Best Known For
Her performances in films and TV series including Educating Rita (1983) as Susan “Rita” White, Billy Elliot (2000) as Mrs. Wilkinson, Becoming Jane (2007) as Mrs. Austen, Mamma Mia! (2008) as Rosie, Brooklyn (2015) as Mrs. Kehoe, My Beautiful Son (2001) as Sheila Fitzpatrick, Murder (2002) as Angela Maurer, The Canterbury Tales (2003) as Beth, and Mo (2010) as Mo Mowlam
In 1983, she made her theatrical film debut in the comedy-drama film Educating Rita as Rita.
In 1985, she made her debut as a voice-over actress in the biographical comedy-drama film Dreamchild as Dormouse.
First TV Show
In 1975, she made her first TV show appearance on the drama series Second City Firsts as Terry.
In 1999, she lent her voice for the documentary TV mini-series Laughter in the House: The Story of British Sitcom.
Julie Walters is not too keen on maintaining a workout regime. Living an active lifestyle, she has a more relaxed approach to fitness.
As for her diet, she has a sweet tooth and does not believe in dieting. She claims dieting is depressing and makes one all the more miserable.
Julie Walters Favorite Things
- Hotel – Ritz-Carlton on Central Park in New York
- Children’s Book – The Borrowers (1952) by Mary Norton
- Scene To Film – The “Waterloo” sequence from the film Mamma Mia! (2008)
Julie Walters Facts
- She did her first job at the age of 15 in an insurance company.
- She worked as a nurse for 18 months at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, on the ophthalmic, casualty, and coronary care wards.
- In the mid-1970s, she worked with the Everyman Theatre Company in Liverpool.
- In 2001, she was ranked the #1 “Greatest British Films Actresses” by Orange Film Survey.
- Julie’s mother was upset when she switched her career from a nurse to acting. However, after her mother’s death, she found a box stuffed with newspaper clippings of Julie’s success story as an actress.
- In 1999, for her services to the drama, she was confirmed with the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
- At the age of 2, Julie’s daughter Maisie was diagnosed with leukemia, but she recovered inspiring Julie to write the book “Baby Talk” (1990).
- Julie almost died at birth as the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck, but, she was delivered safely and survived.
- In 2008, for her services to the drama, she received the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) award as part of the Queen’s New Years Honours List.
- Though she shaved her head for her role in Mo (2010), she always wore a wig in public to look like herself.
- In 2009, she received a star in the Birmingham Walk of Stars on Birmingham’s Golden Mile, Broad Street.
- While filming the dance sequence “Dancing Queen” in Mamma Mia! (2008), she tripped over some rocks and injured herself, but she managed to complete her scene.
- Peter Morgan wrote the role of the female barrister in the film The Jury (2002) with Julie in mind.
- She was a part of every Harry Potter film, except the 4th part titled Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), where her character was cut due to the excessive length of the script. However, she returned for the 5th installment.
- She had to sport 7 different hairstyles for her role in Educating Rita (1983).
- The production company thought of replacing Julie with Dolly Parton in Educating Rita (1983), as they felt she was not bankable enough for the role.
- She had wanted to keep her wand from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) but left it behind as she was misinformed that props were not allowed to be taken.
- She is allergic to yeast.
- In 2010, she received a double nomination in BAFTA Awards for the “Best Actress” category for her roles in Mo (2010) and A Short Stay in Switzerland (2009), winning for her former role as Mo Mowlam.
- She has been a part of numerous highest-grossing British films at the UK box office that includes Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), Mamma Mia! (2008), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011).
- She has worked with her ‘Harry Potter’ co-stars outside of the franchise and includes playing Rupert Grint‘s mother in Driving Lessons (2006) and co-starring with Domhnall Gleeson in Brooklyn (2015).
- In 1962, she made her stage debut in a school play of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
- At the age of 3, she learned to play the ukulele.
- She took a 7-year long break from theatre work so she could look after her sick daughter.
- In 2014, she was included in the “30 Most Powerful Women in British TV and Radio” list created by the Radio Times.
- When she was in Holly Lodge Grammar School, she was expelled for misbehavior.
- She is one of the most popular guests on The Graham Norton Show and in 2015, she visited the show 3 times within a year.
- She claims that she has been often confused with Jane Seymour, Judi Dench, and Julie Andrews.
- Julie had no prior ballet experience when she took up the role of a teacher in Billy Elliot (2000).
- She has worked with director Lewis Gilbert in many films, including Educating Rita (1983), Stepping Out (1991), and Before You Go (2002).
- In January 2016, she presented a 3D breast screening equipment known as tomosynthesis machine at Royal Surrey County Hospital during a special ceremony.
- She states Michael Caine to be her acting mentor and best friend.
- When she met Cher for the first time on the set of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018), she rushed to give her a hug resulting in her glasses getting tangled in Cher’s white wig and tarnishing it.
- She admitted in taking up the role in Mack the Knife (1989) to pay off her mortgage.
- While she was working with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli on Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017), she suggested in casting her as the next female villain in Bond 25 (2020); however, she never heard back from the producer.
- Her happiest moment has been seeing her daughter, Maisie’s face for the first time.
- Her greatest fear is untoward happening to her child.
- A living person she most admires is her dentist.
- Her earliest childhood memory was the smell of the hood on her pram when her mother wiped it with a damp cloth.
- The trait she most deplores in herself is the desire to please everyone.
- The trait she most deplores in others is intolerance.
- Her most embarrassing moment was when a woman recognized her in spite of her wearing a Dutch fitted cap.
- Her most treasured possession is the things Maisie, her daughter, made when she was little.
- People’s inhumanity makes her depressed.
- A feature she most dislikes about herself is her shoulders.
- According to her, a person who should play her in the film of her life is Tracey Ullman.
- Her most unappealing habit is eating like a pig and licking her plate when she’s eating alone.
- Her fancy dress costume of choice would be a nun’s attire.
- The worst thing anyone’s said to her was when her daughter was very ill at the age of 2, and someone came up and said, ‘Is this the famous daughter with leukemia?’
- Her guiltiest pleasure is eating chocolate.
- The greatest love of her life is her daughter Maisie and her husband, Grant.
- The best kiss of her life is the first kiss given by Grant.
- She would invite Ian Charleson, her mum, and dad to her dream dinner party.
- The phrases she most overuse is ‘As the actress said to the bishop’.
- The worst job she has ever done is testing ill people’s stools at a hospital.
- She does crosswords from The Guardian to relax.
- Her closest encounter with death was in Corfu where she went swimming and almost drowned when a storm whipped her up before she reached a rock, but a man pulled her out just in time.
- Her family has been her greatest achievement.
- She would like to be remembered as someone good.
- Her best holiday was at Marbella for Easter with her husband, Grant, their daughter, Maisie, and her brothers along with their wives and children.
- For a perfect holiday, she needs good food, good company, good weather, and some good books.
- She always carries 2 or 3 novels with her when she travels.
- The worst hotel she has ever stayed in was in Manchester.
- Her worst holiday was at Looe, a small town in England, as it rained for the most part.
- The biggest packing mistake she has made is packing hair conditioner without securing the top properly, thereby ruining her favorite things in the bag.
- The thing she hates about the holidays is the preparation.
- She worked on her novel Maggie’s Tree for 7 years before it was published in 2007 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
- She received £1.6 million advances for her autobiography, That’s Another Story, from her publisher.
- In 2017, she was honored with Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her services to drama.
- In 2018, she was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer. She recovered from cancer later. But, she made a decision to take fewer acting projects from then onwards.
- In 2022, the filming of Channel 4’s Truelove was stopped after Julie sought medical advice for severe back pain. In February 2023, it was announced that she had pulled out of the show to focus on her recovery and recuperation.
- She is not active on social media.
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