Julie Walters is known to young moviegoers as Molly Weasley in the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise. But the veteran actress has had a career spanning more than three decades and a long list of movies and television shows to her credit. The versatile actress, who is currently in her late ‘60s, went through almost all the major epochs of Hollywood in the last three decades. She chose acting as her career after a short stint as a student nurse in the early ‘70s. The young aspiring actress joined the Everyman Theatre Company in Liverpool where she worked with the likes of Bill Nighy, Pete Postlethwaite, Jonathan Pryce, Willy Russell, and Alan Bleasdale. Those formational days played a major role in shaping up her characteristic style and charm on stage.
Professional collaboration with comedian Victoria Wood turned out to be a stepping stone for Walters during the late ‘70s. Together they worked on the television adaptation of Wood’s play ‘Talent,’ which put her on the radar of casting directors. The Granada TV series ‘Wood and Walters’ launched the duo’s television career successfully in 1982. They continued the winning partnership with the BBC series ‘Victoria Wood As Seen on TV’ and ‘Acorn Antiques.’ The sketch comedy ‘Victoria Wood As Seen on TV,’ which ran on BBC Two from 1985 to 1987, introduces one of the most popular roles of Walters – Mrs Overall.
After sharpening her skills with several appearances in regional theater, stand-up comedies and cabaret, Walters ventured into London stage with ‘Educating Rita.’ She made her television acting debut in 1982 with ‘Boys from the Blackstuff.’ The actress got her breakout role in the movie adaptation of her West End play, ‘Educating Rita’ in 1983. Walters reprised her iconic character Rita in the film opposite Michael Caine. Her stunning performance as the titular character met with a slew of nominations including an Oscar, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. In 1985, she appeared as a mom on the television version of the popular comedic book series, ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole.’ Two years later, Walters played the lead role of Cynthia Payne in the film ‘Personal Services.’ Her major works during that period include ‘Buster,’ ‘Mack the Knife’ and ‘Stepping Out.’
After a series of supporting roles in the late ‘90s, Walter landed her second breakout role in the 2000 movie ‘Billy Elliot,’ which brought her an Oscar nomination and a BAFTA win for her performance as a ballet teacher. Two years later, she took home another BAFTA for her portrayal of Paul Reiser’s mother character in the film ‘My Beautiful Son.’ She joined the dark universe of Harry Potter with the 2001 movie ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer‘s Stone’ as Molly Weasley, a character she reprised in seven out of eight movies in the franchise.
In 2003, Walters played the role of a widow in the critically acclaimed movie ‘Calendar Girls’ alongside Helen Mirren. Her other major movies include ‘Personal Services, ‘Prick Up Your Ears’ (1987), ’Becoming Jane’ (2007), ‘Mamma Mia!’ (2008) and its sequel in 2018, ‘Paddington’ (2014) and its sequel in 2017, ‘Brooklyn’, and ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ (2018). She also appeared in several popular television shows like ‘Pat and Margaret’ (1994) and ‘Dinnerladies’ (1998–2000). So now you might be wondering what is the next Julie Walters movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Julie Walters films and TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Julie Walters movies would be as good as some of her recent ones.
2. The Secret Garden (2020)