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Birth name: Miranda Jane Richardson.
Born: March 3, 1958 Southport, Merseyside, UK.
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m).
Miranda Richardson biography (bio):
Richardson was born in Southport, Merseyside. The second daughter of middle-class parents, she revealed a talent for acting from an early age.
She had originally intended to study veterinary medicine, but her squeamishness made this impractical. She enrolled at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where she studied alongside Daniel Day-Lewis. In 1981, she made her stage debut in Moving at the Queen's Theatre in London.
Three years later, she made her big screen debut as platinum blonde nightclub hostess Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in the United Kingdom in Mike Newell's critically acclaimed biographical drama, Dance With A Stranger. Her performance won her much praise, and within a year she had been cast by Steven Spielberg to appear in his World War II drama Empire of the Sun (1987).
Richardson is perhaps best known for her role as infantile Queen Elizabeth I, aka Queenie, in the British television comedy Blackadder II. Other television roles include the bitchy Pamela Flitton in A Dance To The Music Of Time (1997), Miss Gilchrist in St. Ives (1998), Bettina (the obsessive compulsive interior decorator) in Absolutely Fabulous, The Wicked Stepmother Hallmark's "Snow White: The Fairest Of Them All", along with Kristin Kreuk (2001) and the emotionally repressed Queen Mary in The Lost Prince (2003).
As well as a number of high profile supporting roles in the cinema, including Vanessa Bell in The Hours, Lady Van Tassel in Sleepy Hollow and Patsy Carpenter in The Evening Star, she has also won acclaim for her performances in The Crying Game and Enchanted April, for which she won a Golden Globe, beating a quartet of Hollywood heavyweights: Geena Davis, Whoopi Goldberg, Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep.
Two Academy Award nominations (for Damage and Tom & Viv) have not altered the actress's modesty. She refuses to discuss her private life in interviews, and takes both leading and supporting roles in a variety of different genres.
Her extensive film credits include worthy stints in a number of critically acclaimed independent features, among them Robert Altman's Kansas City (1996), Robert Duvall's The Apostle (1997) and Richard E. Grant's Wah-Wah (2005). In 2002, Richardson wowed critics with a triple-role stint (as Mrs Cleg, Yvonne and Mrs Wilkinson in a hallucination) alongside Ralph Fiennes in David Cronenberg's acclaimed thriller Spider, a film that won her a bevy of international critics awards.
More recently, Richardson appeared as Queen Rosalind of Denmark in the Julia Stiles vehicle The Prince And Me, and the ballet mistress Madame Giry in the long-awaited film version of The Phantom Of The Opera, starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum. She has also reprised her role as Queen Elizabeth in Blackadder for both a Christmas Special (Blackadder's Christmas Carol 1988), and a special edition for the Millennium (Blackadder: Back and Forth, 2000) which was originally screened at the millennium dome . Her latest screen incarnation is in the guise of Rita Skeeter, the toxic Daily Prophet journalist in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, released in November 2005.
-Queenie in Blackadder II.
-Lady Van Tassel in Sleepy Hollow.