Miranda Richardson is an British stage, film and television actress. She has been nominated for two Academy Awards, and has won two Golden Globes (with seven nominations) and a BAFTA (with seven nominations) so far during her career.
She made her film debut playing Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in the UK, in t Dance With a Stranger in 1985. That performance and her comedic Queen Elizabeth I, aka Queenie, in the British television comedy Blackadder II established her reputation.
Following Dance with a Stranger, she was offered and turned down numerous parts in which her character was unstable, including the Glenn Close role in Fatal Attraction.
Since then she played a wide variety of contemporary, period and fantasy roles encompassing both dramatic and comeic performances.
In 2014 she will be seen in Maleficent as a fairy queen who is Maleficent’s aunt.
World Without End (2012): In this period mini-series she played Mother Cecilia, a nun at the time of the Black Death.
Made in Dagenham (2009): In this movie she played British politician Barbara Castle.
The Young Victoria (2009): In this movie she played the Duchess of Sutherland, Queen Victoria’s mother.
Southland Tales (2007): In this movie she played Nana Mae Van Adler-Frost.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2006): She played Rita Skeeter, an unscrupulous journalist for The Daily Prophet.
Wah-Wah (2006): She played Lauren in this movie set during the last days of the British Empire in Africa in 1960s.
Gideon’s Daughter (2006): She played bereaved mother Stella in this TV drama by Stephen Poliakoff.
The Phantom of the Opera (2004): She played Madame Giry in the film adaptation.
Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004): She played Eva Braun in this parody.
The Rage in Placid Lake (2003): She played Sylvia Lake.
The Lost Prince (2003). She played Queen Mary in this itelevision drama about the life of Prince John – the epileptic youngest child of Britain's King George V and Queen Mary – who died at the age of thirteen in 1919.
Spider (2002): She played three roles in this David Cronenberg movie: Spider’s mother, Yvonne and a fantasy Mrs Wilkingson.
The Hours (2002): She played Virginia Woolf’s sister Vanessa Bell.
Snow White (2001): In this TV movie she played the hideous sorceress Elspeth who becomes Snow White’s step-mother after being transformed into a beautiful woman.
Blackadder: Back & Forth (2000): She reprised the role of Queen Elizabeth I for the millennium special.
Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang (1999): She played Miss Fowl in this children’s fantasy.
Alice in Wonderland (1999): She played both the Queen of Hearts and a Society Woman in this TV version.
Merlin (1998): She played both Queen Mab and the Lady of the Lake.
Kansas City (1996): In this Robert Altman movie she played the laudanum-addicted Mrs Stilton.
Tom & Viv (1994): She played Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot, the first wife of TS Eliot.
The Crying Game (1992). She played Jude, an IRA volunteer.
True Adventures of Christopher Columbus (1992): She played Queen Isabella in this TV comedy.
Blackadder II (1986): She played the childish Queen Elizabeth I, aka Queenie, in this classic TV comedy.
Dance with a Stranger (1985): She played Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain.