Miranda Richardson

Biography: British actress Miranda Richardson is an extraordinarily gifted performer who has firmly established herself as one of Britain's greatest actresses, and has proved her versatily in a number of critically acclaimed stage and screen roles, including Ruth Ellis, the unfairly sentenced, last woman to be hanged in Britain in Mike Newell's 1985 film drama 'Dance with a Stranger'; Jude O'Hara, the malicious IRA operative in the 1992 Oscar winner 'The Crying Game'; Lady Van Tassel, the demonic eighteenth century murderess in Tim Burton's stylish 1999 horror fantasy 'Sleepy Hollow'; Vanessa Bell, the loving and lively sister of Virginia Woolf in the 2002 Oscar-winning drama 'The Hours'; and Rita Skeeter, the vindictive tabloid journalist in the upcoming blockbuster 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'.

Born to middle-class parents on 3 March 1958, Richardson showed a talent for stepping inside of characters during her youth, and originally intended to be a vet, before taking up
acting. After leaving school at 17, Richardson enrolled at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where she studied for three years alongside Daniel Day-Lewis among others. Extensive stage experience preceeded her star-making role as Ruth Ellis in 'Dance with a Stranger', a film that won the rising English actress an Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress. Steven Spielberg (after seeing her as Ellis) immiedately cast her as a prisoner-of-war in his epic Second World War drama 'Empire of the Sun' (1987).

However, it was not until 1993 when Richardson first received international attention. She delivered three immensely praised performances, as the meek Rose in 'Enchanted April', the deadly Jude in 'The Crying Game', and the wronged Ingrid in 'Damage'. All of these roles won Miranda much critical attention and numerous accolades, most notably a BAFTA and Academy Award nomination for 'Damage', and a Golden Globe for 'Enchanted April'. Two years later, she played Vivienne Haigh-Wood in the biopic 'Tom & Viv', a film which won her yet another Academy Award nomination.

Further film roles included Carolyn Stilton in 'Kansas City' (1995), Patsy Carpenter in 'The Evening Star' (1996), 'The Apostle' (1997), 'Sleepy Hollow' (1999), 'Chicken Run' (2000), 'Get Carter' (2000) and 'Snow White' (2001). In 2002, she received acclaim for her roles in the films 'The Hours' and 'Spider'. In the latter, she amazed in three completely different roles. Into the new millennium, Richardson has continued to appear in high profile roles in a number of notable films, including 'The Prince and Me' (2004), 'The Phantom of the Opera' (2004) and 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' (2005), in which she plays poisonous tabloid journalist Rita Skeeter.
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Miranda Richardson's Scores

  • Movies
Average career score: 58
Highest Metascore: 90 The Crying Game
Lowest Metascore: 20 Spinning Into Butter
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
22 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Maleficent May 30, 2014 Queen Ulla / Queen Ulla tbd
tbd Belle May 2, 2014 Lady Ashford / Lady Ashford tbd
56 Turtle: The Incredible Journey Jun 24, 2011 Narrator tbd
65 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I Nov 19, 2010 Rita Skeeter 7.5
65 Made in Dagenham Nov 19, 2010 Barbara Castle 7.1
64 The Young Victoria Dec 18, 2009 Duchess Of Kent 8.1
20 Spinning Into Butter Mar 27, 2009 Dean Catherine Kenney 4.3
42 Fred Claus Nov 9, 2007 Annette Claus 4.6
39 Provoked: A True Story May 11, 2007 Veronica Scott tbd
66 Paris, je t'aime May 4, 2007 La Femme Au Trench Rouge (Segment "Bastille") 7.0
61 Wah-Wah May 12, 2006 Lauren Compton 7.9
40 The Phantom of the Opera Dec 22, 2004 Madame Giry 8.3
63 The Rage in Placid Lake May 21, 2004 Sylvia Lake 9.0
47 The Prince and Me Apr 2, 2004 Queen Rosalind 7.3
81 The Hours Dec 27, 2002 Vanessa Bell 8.6
83 Spider Dec 20, 2002 Yvonne/Mrs. Cleg 6.9
24 Get Carter Oct 6, 2000 Gloria 5.3
88 Chicken Run Jun 21, 2000 Mrs. Tweedy 7.6
65 Sleepy Hollow Nov 19, 1999 Lady Van Tassel/Crone 7.7
29 The King and I Mar 19, 1999 Anna Leonowens 3.8
83 The Apostle Dec 17, 1997 Toosie 7.5
57 Kansas City Aug 16, 1996 Carolyn Stilton tbd
90 The Crying Game Nov 25, 1992 Jude 8.0
60 Empire of the Sun Dec 9, 1987 Mrs. Victor 8.5