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    • Julie has been nominated for two SAG Awards. In 2001, she was nominated for both Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role and Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for Billy Elliot.

    • As of January 2008, Julie stars in an advertising campaign promoting the use of smoke detectors.

    • Although Julie's mother was deeply disapproving of her choice of career, on her death Julie found that she had secretly collected newspaper cuttings recording her daughter's success.

    • Julie attended Holly Lodge Grammar School.

    • Julie and husband Grant Roffey own an organic farm in Suffolk.

    • In 1999, Julie was awarded an OBE for services to drama.

    • According to a BBC poll taken in 2006, Julie Walters is Britain's 4th favourite screen star.

    • When Julie was born, her umbilical cord was wrapped round her neck. She was not expected to survive and a priest was called to read the Last Rites to her and her mother.

    • Julie's daughter Maisie survived Luekemia at 2 years of age.

    • Julie has sold her life story for a record-breaking $4 million. The memoirs mark a record fee for a UK celebrity autobiography.

    • In 2003, Julie won a Best Actress BAFTA for her performance as Angela Maurer in Murder.

    • In 2002, Julie won a Best Actress BAFTA for her performance as Sheila Fitzpatrick in My Beautiful Son.

    • She starred as Vera in the 1991 film Stepping Out alongside Liza Minnelli.

    • Julie played June Edwards opposite singer Phil Collins in the 1988 film Buster, a film about a thief involved in the 1963 Great Train Robbery.

    • In 1987, Julie played Christine Painter in the controversial comedy Personal Services. The film was based on the true story of Cynthia Payne who ran a brothel for older men.

    • Julie played Adrian's mother in the first series of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 and 3/4, adapted from the Sue Townsend book. She did not appear in the second series due to other work commitments, Lulu replaced her in the role.

    • In 1995, she played Robert Lindsay's wife, Julie Diadoni in the drama Jake's Progress. In 1991, they had co-starred in G.B.H, however that time she played Linday's mother. Both dramas were written by play write Alan Bleasdale.

    • In 1994, Julie appeared alongside Victoria Wood in the comedy drama Pat and Margaret as Wood's long lost sister, glamorous soap opera star Pat.

    • In Victoria Wood's award winning comedy Dinnerladies, Julie plays Petula Gordino, Brenda's vagrant mother who professes to have close links with the rich and the famous.

    • In 2004, she was awarded a Best Actress BAFTA for her performance in the BBC's modern adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. She played Beth Craddock in the episode titled The Wife of Bath.

    • Julie co-starred in the 2003 film Calendar Girls. The ensemble cast included Helen Mirren (Prime Suspect), Annette Crosby (One Foot in The Grave) and fellow Acorn Antiques actress Celia Imrie.

    • Her first television appearance was in 1978 when she played Jean Watson in Empire Road.

    • In 1986, She played Mrs. Overall in Victoria Wood's classic television soap opera spoof Acorn Antiques. This show originated as a sketch on Victoria Wood As Seen On T.V and included regular co-stars Celia Imrie and Duncan Preston.

    • Julie performed in Alan Bennett's series Talking Heads. She performed Susan's monologue in the episode 'Her Big Chance.' She also played Marjory in an episode of Talking Heads 2 entitled 'The Outside Dog'.

    • In 2000, Julie was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance as determined dance teacher Mrs. Wilkinson in the film Billy Elliot. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for the movie.

    • She was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her performance as the disenchanted hairdresser who wants to study Literature in the 1983 film Educating Rita. She also won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical for the movie.

    • Julie starred in the stage production of Willy Russell's play Educating Rita before playing the role on screen alongside Michael Caine.

    • When Victoria Wood wrote her play Talent, she asked Julie to perform the role of the struggling cabaret singer.

    • Julie met fellow performer and comedienne Victoria Wood when they were both at Manchester Polytechnic. Since then, they have collaborated on numerous times on stage and screen.

    • She performed in Alan Bleasdale's first stage production 'Scully.' He went on to write ground breaking television dramas such as Boys from The Blackstuff and G.B.H

    • Early in her career, she worked at The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. It was here that she met award winning play write Alan Bleasdale who was a drama teacher at the time.

    • Julie's height is 5' 3" (1.60 m)

    • In 1997, Julie married Grant Roffey. They have a daughter called Maisie.

  • Quotes

    • Julie: My grandmother lived with us for a short time while I was a child. Old people tend to be slightly more eccentric - they can behave the way they want.

    • Julie: It seems that when you get to a certain age you almost give yourself permission to misbehave and say what you think. People allow it, with very old people.

    • Julie: I keep seeing myself in my daughter, and I see my mother in me and in her. Bloody hell.

    • Julie: I didn't come into the business to get awards or titles.

    • Julie: I can understand why people get annoyed at being remembered for one thing, but a lot of actors aren't remembered for anything.

    • Julie: I always loved my mother, felt loved, but she was judgmental. Her father in Ireland didn't approve of women generally, and she took on his values. She believed her own mother was foolish.

    • Julie: I'm interested in politics. I'm interested in what's going on in the world. How people behave and how your life is often in the hands of other people. My mother was Irish, so I was very aware of the Irish problem, even before 1969. My mother was always going on about absentee landlords, and the English. It was fascinating.

    • Julie: I was asked about doing a nude shoot for men's magazine GQ. I thought it was the funniest thing I'd ever heard.

    • Julie: Being a mother adds another emotional dimension, a feel for children that I didn't have before I had one. They were a pain before.

    • Julie: Self worth is everything. Without it life is a misery.

    • Julie: When I think of the future, I think of doing my washing so I've something to wear tomorrow.

    • Julie: My mother hated me abandoning it. I had to get my two brothers and father to stand between me and her when I handed in my notice. She then said if I took up acting I'd be in the gutter by the time I was 20.

      In her new autobiography, Julie writes about the turbulent relationship with her mother, after she quit a nursing qualification for acting.

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