Was approached to star as Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction, but Glenn Close was cast instead.
She had a southern accent for Southern Bell Patsy Carpenter in 2006's Evening Star.
Miranda performed in school plays at an early age.
Charities that Miranda has supported include Comic Relief, The Chelsea Royal Hospital, the Humane Society of New York, UK Childrens Hospices, Victoria Animal Hospital and the Tibetan Peace Garden project.
Her hobbies include drawing, walking, gardening and fashion.
Miranda made her big screen debut as Ruth Ellis, in Mike Newell's Dance with a Stranger.
Miranda appeared as Rita Skeeter in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (November 2005).
Miranda has two cats, two dogs and an axolotl (aquatic salamander).
As of 2006, Miranda lives in London.
Miranda attended Southport High School for Girls in Southport, England.
One critic once described her face as an English sky.
Miranda wanted to become a vet but decided to follow an acting career.
Miranda gave up smoking through hypnosis.
Miranda left school at the age of 17.
Miranda has one sister (eight years her senior).
Her height is 5' 5" (1.65 m).
Golden Globe Award nomination - 1999: Merlin.
Golden Globe Award nomination - 2005: The Lost Prince.
Golden Globe Award Win - 1995: Fatherland.
Golden Globe Award nomination - 1995: Tom & Viv.
Golden Globe Award nomination - 2000: The Big Brass Ring.
Golden Globe Award nomination - 1993: Damage.
Golden Globe Award Win - 1993: Enchanted April.
BAFTA Award nomination - 2004: The Lost Prince.
BAFTA Award nomination - 1998: A Dance To The Music Of Time.
BAFTA Award nomination - 1995: Tom & Viv.
BAFTA Award nomination - 1993: The Crying Game.
BAFTA Award Win - 1993: Damage.
BAFTA Award nomination - 1988: After Pilkington.
Academy Award nomination - 1995: Best Actress for the movie Tom & Viv.
Academy Award nomination - 1993: Best Supporting Actress for the movie Damage.
Miranda Richardson: Somebody referred to me as a ringleader, which I wouldn't have classed myself as, but anyway, there you go.
Miranda Richardson: You can have a laugh in Los Angeles, or you can weep in Los Angeles, depending on your attitude towards it.
Miranda Richardson: I would rather do many small roles on TV, stage or film than one blockbuster that made me rich but had no acting.
Miranda Richardson: I like people to be surprised by the turn of events. I don't want things just to be pat and formulaic. If there's some sort of internal combustion in the character or a desire to change the way things are going, that makes for conflict, which is the essence of drama.
Miranda Richardson: You can't please all the people all the time.