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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.
By United Press International
Julie Walters set for Richard Harris honor at the BIFAs

Julie Walters set for Richard Harris honor at the BIFAs

LONDON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Actress Julie Walters is to be honored at Sunday's Moet British Independent Film Awards in London, organizers announced.
Colin Firth to lend his voice to Paddington Bear

Colin Firth to lend his voice to Paddington Bear

LONDON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- British film star Colin Firth is to lend his voice to the animated character of Paddington Bear in an upcoming live-action family film, the BBC reported.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Feb. 22, 2013.
By United Press International
U.S. Olympic archers get 'Brave' preview

U.S. Olympic archers get 'Brave' preview

OGDEN, Utah, June 17 (UPI) -- DisneyPixar says it plans to screen its new animated movie "Brave" for members of the U.S. Olympic Team for Archery.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.
By United Press International
'Thick of It' wins big at BAFTAs

'Thick of It' wins big at BAFTAs

LONDON, June 7 (UPI) -- "The Thick of It" swept the sitcom categories at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts television awards ceremony in London.
'Mamma Mia!' No. 1 on U.S. album chart

'Mamma Mia!' No. 1 on U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- The soundtrack to the movie musical "Mamma Mia!" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart this week, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
Walters reveals childhood molestation

Walters reveals childhood molestation

LONDON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- British actress Julie Walters says she was working on her autobiography when she recalled being sexually abused when she was a child.
Stars to attend U.K. 'Mamma Mia!' premiere

Stars to attend U.K. 'Mamma Mia!' premiere

LONDON, June 26 (UPI) -- Universal Pictures said Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth are to appear at the upcoming London premiere of their movie musical "Mamma Mia!"
'Mamma Mia!' trailer to debut on ABC

'Mamma Mia!' trailer to debut on ABC

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., March 17 (UPI) -- The first full trailer for Hollywood's movie musical "Mamma Mia!" is to debut during ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," Universal Pictures has announced.

Minogue receives queen's award

LONDON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue has been tapped by Britain's Queen Elizabeth to receive an Order of the British Empire.

Mama Mia hits mi-mi-milestone

NEW YORK, July 5 (UPI) -- The feel-good ABBA musical, "Mamma Mia!," Thursday became the 19th longest-running production in Broadway history, Playbill.com has reported.

Grint, Walters reunite for new film

NEW YORK, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- British actor Rupert Grint has reunited with his "Harry Potter" mum, Julie Walters, for the coming-of-age film, "Driving Lessons."

Helena Bonham Carter to join 'Potter' cast

BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Actress Helena Bonham Carter will join the cast of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," Warner Bros. Pictures announced in Burbank, Calif.
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British actress Julie Walters attends the world premiere of "The chronicles of Narnia:the lion,the witch and the wardrobe" at Royal Albert Hall in London on December 7, 2005.(UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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Julie Walters, CBE (born February 22, 1950) is an English actress and novelist. She came to international prominence in 1983 for Educating Rita, performing in the title role opposite Michael Caine. It was a role she had created on the West End stage and it won her BAFTA and Golden Globe awards for Best Actress. She is, perhaps, best known internationally for her on-screen characterisation of Molly Weasley, the matriarch of the Weasley family, in the acclaimed Harry Potter motion picture octalogy, which includes the soon-to-be-released Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. In 2006, she came fourth in ITV's poll of the public's 50 Greatest Stars in the UK.

Julia Mary Walters was born in Smethwick, Sandwell to parents Mary Bridget (née O'Brien), a postal clerk of Irish Catholic extraction, and Thomas Walters, a builder and decorator. The youngest of three children and only girl, Walters had an early education at a convent school and later at Holly Lodge Grammar School for Girls on Holly Lane in Smethwick, although she was asked to leave at the end of her lower sixth due to her "high jinks". In an interview with Alison Oddey, Walters said about her early schooling: "I was never going to be academic, so suggested that I try teaching or nursing I'd been asked to leave school, so I thought I'd better do it."

Her first job was in insurance at the age of 15. At 18 she trained as a nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham and worked on the Ophthalmic, Casualty and Coronary Care wards during the 18 months she spent there. She fell madly in love with her first proper boyfriend who then left to study sociology in Manchester. Walters decided to leave nursing and follow her boyfriend to Manchester and study English and Drama at Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Metropolitan University) and pursued a career in the performing arts. Walters worked for the Everyman Theatre Company in Liverpool in the mid 1970s, alongside several other notable performers: Bill Nighy, Pete Postlethwaite, Jonathan Pryce, Willy Russell and Alan Bleasdale.

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