Julie Walters

English actress (b. 1950)

Dame Julia Mary Walters DBE (born 22 February 1950) is a British actress, known professionally as Julie Walters. She was born at St Chad's Hospital, Edgbaston, Birmingham, which was then the hospital covering Smethwick, Staffordshire. Her movie roles include the title role in Educating Rita, June Edwards in Buster, Molly Weasley in the Harry Potter series and Sandra Wilkinson in Billy Elliot. She has also acted on television and on stage, and was a long-time collaborator with Victoria Wood. She trained as a nurse before entering acting.

Dame Julie Walters

Julia Mary Walters

(1950-02-22) 22 February 1950 (age 74)
Years active1972–present
Grant Roffey
(m. 1997)
Partner(s)Pete Postlethwaite

Walters starred as Mrs. Bird in Paddington and Paddington 2.

In February 2020, Walters said she was diagnosed and successfully treated for stage-3 bowel cancer in 2019.[1]


Year(s) Title Role Notes
1975 Second City Firsts TV: 1 episode
1977 The Liver Birds Girl in surgery TV: 1 episode
1978 Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf Woman in waiting room TV film
1978/1982 Play for Today Debbie/Valerie TV: 2 episodes
1979 Empire Road Jean Watson TV: 2 episodes
1979–1981 Screenplay Frances/Julie TV: 3 episodes
1980 Nearly a Happy Ending Julie Stephens TV film
1981 Wood and Walters Various roles TV
1981 BBC2 Playhouse Mrs Morgan TV: 1 episode
1982 Boys from the Blackstuff Angie Todd TV: 1 episode
1982 Objects of Affection June Potter TV: 1 episode
1983 Educating Rita Susan "Rita" White
1984 Love and Marriage Bonnie TV: 1 episode
1985 She'll Be Wearing Pink Pyjamas Fran
1985 Dreamchild Dormouse Voice
1985 The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ Pauline Mole TV: 5 episodes
1985 Car Trouble Jacqueline Spong
1985–1986 Victoria Wood As Seen On TV Various characters TV: 13 episodes
1987 Personal Services Christina Painter
1987 Prick Up Your Ears Elsie Orton
1987 Theatre Night Lulu TV: 1 episode
1986–1987 Acorn Antiques Mrs. Overall TV: 6 episodes
1988 Talking Heads Lesley TV: 1 episode: "Her Big Chance"
1988 Buster June Edwards
1988 Mack the Knife Mrs Peachum
1989 Victoria Wood Various roles TV: 3 episodes
1990 Killing Dad or How to Love Your Mother Judith
1991 Julie Walters and Friends Herself/Various roles TV
1991 G.B.H. Mrs Murray TV: 7 episodes
1991 Stepping Out Vera
1992 Just Like a Woman Monica
1992 Victoria Wood's All Day Breakfast Various roles TV
1985/1993 Screen Two Mavis / Monica TV: 2 episodes
1993 Screen One Diana Longden TV: 1 episode
1994 Bambino Mio Alice TV film
1994 Sister My Sister Madame Danzard
1994 Pat and Margaret Pat TV
1994 Requiem Apache Mrs Capstan TV film
1995 Jake's Progress Julie Diadoni TV: 6 episodes
1995 Little Red Riding Hood Little Red Riding Hood / Grandma
1996 Intimate Relations Marjorie Beasley
1996 Brazen Hussies Maureen Hardcastle TV film
1997 Bathtime Miss Gideon
1997 Melissa Paula Hepburn TV: 5 episodes
1998 Jack and the Beanstalk Fairy Godmother TV film
1998 Girls' Night Jackie Simpson
1998 Titanic Town Bernie McPhelimy
1998 Talking Heads 2 Marjory TV: 1 episode: "The Outside Dog"
1998–2000 Dinnerladies Petula TV: 9 episodes
1999 Oliver Twist Mrs Mann TV: 4 episodes
2000 Billy Elliot Mrs Wilkinson
2000 All Forgotten Princess Zasyekin
2001 My Beautiful Son Sheila Fitzpatrick TV
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Molly Weasley
2002 Murder Angela Maurer TV: 4 episodes
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Molly Weasley
2002 Before You Go Theresa
2003 Calendar Girls Annie
2003 The Return Lizzie Hunt TV
2003 The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath Beth TV
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Molly Weasley
2004 Mickybo and Me Mickybo's Ma
2005 Wah-Wah Gwen Traherne
2005 Ahead of the Class Marie Stubbs TV
2006 Driving Lessons Evie Walton
2006 The Ruby in the Smoke Mrs Holland TV
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Molly Weasley
2007 Becoming Jane Mrs Austen
2008 Mamma Mia! Rosie
2008 Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story Mary Whitehouse TV
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Molly Weasley
2009 A Short Stay in Switzerland Dr Anne Turner TV
2009 Victoria Wood's Mid Life Christmas Bo Beaumont/Mrs. Overall TV
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Molly Weasley
2010 Mo Mo Mowlam TV
2011 Gnomeo and Juliet Miss Montague (voice)
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Molly Weasley
2011 The Jury Emma Watts TV
2012 Brave Witch (voice) In pre-production
2012 Henry IV, Part I and Part II Mistress Quickly TV films
2012 Thread of Evidence Betty Beesom Filming


  • (London debut) Irene Tinsley, Funny Peculiar, Mermaid Theatre, then Garrick Theatre, London, 1976
  • Vera, Breezeblock Park, Mermaid Theatre, then Whitehall Theatre, London, 1977
  • Irene Goodnight, Flaming Bodies, ICA Theatre, London, 1979
  • Rita, Educating Rita, Royal Shakespeare Company, London, 1980
  • Having a Ball, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London, 1981
  • Dotty, Jumpers, Royal Exchange Manchester, 1984
  • Fool for Love, Royal National Theatre, London, 1984–85
  • Macbeth, Leicester Haymarket Theatre, 1985
  • When I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout, Whitehall Theatre, 1986
  • Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Comedy Theatre, 1989
  • Serafina, The Rose Tattoo, Playhouse, London, 1991
  • All My Sons, Royal National Theatre, 2000
  • Acorn Antiques: The Musical, 2005
  • Also appeared in The Taming of the Shrew, produced in Liverpool, England; and in Jumpers, Royal Exchange; performed with *Everyman Theatre, Liverpool and Bristol Old Vic.


Year Work Role Awards
1983 Educating Rita Susan White Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actress
2001 Billy Elliot Georgia Wilkinson BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
All My Sons Kate Keller Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress
2002 My Beautiful Son Sheila Fitzpatrick British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
2003 Murder Angela Maurer British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
2004 Canterbury Tales Beth British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
2009 A Short Stay in Switzerland Dr Anne Turner International Emmy Award for Best Actress
2010 Mo Mo Mowlam British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
2011 International Emmy Award for Best Actress

Julie Walters has won 7 BAFTA Awards, (including a special BAFTA that she received at a tribute evening in 2003) a Golden Globe, an Olivier, two International Emmys and has been nominated for two Academy Awards.


  1. "Dame Julie Walters reveals shock of bowel cancer diagnosis". BBC. 20 February 2020.

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