Oscar Actors: Richardson, Miranda–Background, Career, Awards

One of the most accomplished and celebrated British stage and cinema actresses, Miranda trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theater School and subsequently performed in many plays, the highlights including Albee’s Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, Terry Johnson’s Insignificance, Sam Shepard’s A Lie Of The Mind, and the one woman piece Orlando for Robert Wilson.

MirandaRichardson first astonished cinema audiences in Mike Newell’s DANCE WITH A STRANGER, in which she played Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in England.

In 1992, she garnered rave reviews for her performances in Neil Jordan’s THE CRYING GAME, Mike Newell’s ENCHANGED APRIL, and Louis Malle’s DAMAGE. She also received a Golden Globe for ENCHANTED APRIL and was Oscar-nominated for DAMAGE. In 1995 she received a second Oscar nomination for Brian Gilbert’s TOM AND VIV.

Further stand out film credits include HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Stephen Daldry’s THE HOURS, David Cronenberg’s SPIDER, Tim Burton’s SLEEPY HOLLOW, CHICKEN RUN and Steven Spielberg’s EMPIRE OF THE SUN.

Her television credits include Stephen Poliakoff’s The Lost Prince, BBC’s Dance To The Music Of Time, Absolutely Fabulous, and Blackadder, and HBO’s Fatherland, for which she received a Golden Globe Award.