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Julie Walters

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Walters at the premiere of Paddington, November 2014
Julia Mary Walters

22 February 1950 (1950-02-22) (age 70)
Alma mater Manchester Polytechnic
Occupation Actress, author
Years active 1972–present
Home town Smethwick, England
Grant Roffey (m. 1997)
Partner(s) Pete Postlethwaite (c. 1974–1979)
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Dame Julia Mary Walters, (born 22 February 1950) is an English actress and writer. She is the recipient of four BAFTA TV Awards, two BAFTA Film Awards, a BAFTA Fellowship, and a Golden Globe. She has been nominated twice for an Academy Award, in the categories of Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.

Walters came to international prominence in 1983, for playing the title role in Educating Rita. It won her a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. The 2000 film Billy Elliot also won her a BAFTA. She played Molly Weasley in seven of the eight Harry Potter films (2001–2011).

In 2006, she came fourth in ITV's poll of the public's 50 Greatest TV stars in Britain. In 2008, she released her autobiography titled That's Another Story.

Early life

Walters was born in St Chad's Hospital, Edgbaston, Birmingham. Walters had an early education at a convent school and later at Holly Lodge Grammar School for Girls in Smethwick.

Her first job was in insurance at the age of 15. At 18 she trained as a student nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. Walters decided to leave nursing, and studied English and drama at Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Metropolitan University). She worked for the Everyman Theatre Company in Liverpool in the mid-1970s, alongside several other notable performers.

Personal life

Walters was engaged in the early 1970s but called off the wedding three weeks before, feeling she was not ready for marriage. She was in a relationship with actor Pete Postlethwaite for five years in the mid-1970s.

Walters' married Grant Roffey in New York City in 1997, the couple have a daughter. The couple live on an organic farm run by Roffey near Plaistow, West Sussex.

In August 2014, she featured in the first episode in the eleventh series of the BBC genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? The programme revealed that her maternal ancestors played an active part in the 19th-century Irish Land Wars.


Walters was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1999 Birthday Honours, Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours, and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to drama.

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