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Miranda Richardson

Actor

Biography

British actress Miranda Richardson makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as La Duchesse de Crakentorp (La Fille du régiment).

Richardson trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, began her career in repertory theatre and made her London stage debut in 1981. She has appeared in leading roles in productions at the National Theatre, Royal Court, in the West End, for Bristol Old Vic, Library Theatre Manchester and for the Derby Playhouse in Manchester among others. She received much acclaim in the title role of Orlando at the 50th Edinburgh International Festival in 1996. In 2009 she starred as Cerise in Grasses of a thousand colours. Richardson has also starred in more than fifty films, including Dance with a Stranger (Ruth Ellis), Empire of the Sun (Mrs Victor), The Crying Game (Jude), Damage (Ingrid Fleming), Enchanted April (Rose Arbuthnot), Tom and Viv (Vivienne Haigh-Wood), Sleepy Hollow (Lady Mary Van Tassel/Crone), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rita Skeeter), The Young Victoria (Duchess of Kent), Made in Dagenham (Barbara Castle), Belle (Lady Ashford) and Stronger (Patty Bauman).

Richardson’s more than sixty television film and series credits include ‘Blackadder’ (Elizabeth I and Amy Hardwood), After Pilkington (Penny), The Master Builder (Hilde Wangel), Fatherland (Charlie Maguire), A Dance to the Music of Time (Pamela Flitton), Parade’s End (Mrs Wannop), Girlfriends (Sue Thackery), Curfew (Lou Collins) and Good Omens (Madame Tracy). She has won Golden Globe Awards for Fatherland and Enchanted April, and a BAFTA Award for Damage, and been nominated for two Academy Awards, two Oscars and an Olivier Award among other nominations.

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