Julie Walters

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Wild Rose

8 Apr 20193 stars

Jessie Buckley is electric in this tale of a Scottish country singer striving to make it to Nashville

Beast's Jessie Buckley is the heart of this pleasing musical drama about a Glaswegian woman who won't let go of her dream. Reuniting with War & Peace director Tom Harper, Buckley plays Rose-Lynn Harlan, who skips out of prison, pulls cowboy boots over…

Julie Walters: Strictly inspired by Mamma Mia performance

19 Jul 2018

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Dame Julie Walters took inspiration from 'Strictly Come Dancing' for 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again'. The 68-year-old actress reprises her role as Rosie in the musical sequel and though she's always enjoyed the singing parts of the character, the…

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

18 Jul 20183 stars

Cher is divine and the mother-daughter love story is touching in this ABBA-fuelled sequel

Unless you have been in isolation during the hyping of this ABBA-fuelled sequel you must have heard that, if for nothing else, it is worth seeing for the fabulosity that is Cher. And it's no lie. Her character, Ruby, is referenced early in the busy plot…

Julie Walters: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is better than the original

27 Jun 2018

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Dame Julie Walters is convinced 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' is better than the original. The 68-year-old actress - who features among a star-studded cast in the much-anticipated new musical comedy - initially harboured fears about making another…

Dame Julie Walters says Dick Van Dyke is full of energy

21 Nov 2017

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Dame Julie Walters says Dick Van Dyke has been able to dance "all day" on the set of 'Mary Poppins Returns' and is "full of energy". The 67-year-old actress plays housekeeper Ellen in the reboot of 'Mary Poppins' - with Emily Blunt taking over from…

Julie Walters says singing is easier in Mamma Mia 2

6 Nov 2017

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Dame Julie Walters is finding the dancing and singing for 'Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again' a lot "easier" than before. The 67-year-old actress starred as Rosie Mulligan in the hit 2008 movie adaptation of the hit musical and reprises her role in the…

Dame Julie Walters's Bond ambition

22 Oct 2017

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Dame Julie Walters wants to play a Bond villain. The 67-year-old actress recently worked with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli on 'Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool' and Julie lobbied her for a role in the next film in the spy franchise. She told…

Dame Julie Walters slams gender pay gap

26 Jul 2017

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Dame Julie Walters has slammed the gender gap in the movie business. Last week, the BBC were forced to reveal the pay of their employees and the information has caused a lot of controversy as many male stars earn more than the female staff, now, the…

Jenn Murray: Julie Walters made mistakes to put us at ease

25 May 2016

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Julie Walters deliberately made mistakes on the set of 'Brooklyn' to put her younger cast members at ease. Jenn Murray - who stars as Dolores in the drama film - says she was put at ease by her co-star Julie, who plays Mrs. Kehoe, revealing the…

Indian Summers is axed

26 Apr 2016

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'Indian Summers' has been axed. The Channel 4 period drama, which stars Julie Walters and Henry Lloyd-Hughes, has been dropped by the network after just two series in order to make room for other shows. The channel said in a statement: "We're…

Julie Walters for I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!?

15 Mar 2016

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Julie Walters wants to compete on 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!' - but fears she's "too old" now. The 66-year-old actress is keen to slip into her jungle gear and head out into the Australian outback when the tough jungle-based show returns…

Julie Walters: I was 'derailed' by fame

7 Mar 2016

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Julie Walters was "derailed" by fame. The 'Mamma Mia' star admits there was a time when she felt as though she was the "best thing since sliced bread" and thought anyone who didn't employ her wasn't worth bothering with. She said: "Looking back…

Interview: Julie Walters – 'The political temperature has gone up a little bit, there’s no doubt about that.'

4 Mar 2016

Veteran actor stars in the second series of Indian Summers

Indian Summers was a vibrant period piece that tackled the UK's relationship with India during the time of the British Raj. An intriguing drama that mixed a murder mystery with complex issues of racism and Britain's colonial past, and series two jumps…

Julie Walters fears being offered good roles

1 Nov 2015

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Dame Julie Walters "dreads" being offered a good movie role. The 65-year-old star - who is currently busy filming the second series of 'Indian Summers' in Malaysia - only takes on parts she really wants to do, but doesn't want to spend all her time…

Brooklyn

12 Oct 20154 stars

LFF 2015: Saoirse Ronan excels in this adaptation of the romantic bestseller

Screenwriter Nick Hornby’s masterful adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s bestselling novel may be set in the 1950s, but its ideas about immigration, displacement and the evolution of the family unit are entirely modern in their outlook thanks to its…

TV review: Indian Summers, Channel 4

10 Feb 20152 stars

Lukewarm dip into the muddy waters of British colonialism

It would be fair to say that Channel 4 are banking on Indian Summers being one of their hit drama series for 2015, given that a reputed £14m has been shelled out on its production. A quick scan of its cast list suggests that the loot hasn’t gone on…

Julie Walters refused to play 'downstairs' role in Downton Abbey

30 Jan 2015

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Julie Walters was never cast in 'Downton Abbey' because she refuses to play "downstairs" roles. The award-winning actress - who's played working-class characters in popular hits such as 'Educating Rita' and 'Billy Elliot' - would have liked to have…

Julie Walters 'ignorant' about British empire

29 Jan 2015

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Julie Walters was "ignorant" about the history of the British Empire before making 'Indian Summers'. The 64-year-old actress has confessed she knew very little about British-run India before signing up to star in the new Channel 4 period drama, which…

Julie Walters didn't fit in at school

29 Nov 2014

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Julie Walters didn't fit in at school. The 'Mamma Mia!' actress has felt like an outsider as a child and claims she was slapped by teachers at her private convent school on numerous occasions for pronouncing words in her native Birmingham…

Julie Walters discovered acting through mime

27 Nov 2014

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Julie Walters discovered her acting talent during a mime lesson. The 64-year-old actress first realized how much she enjoyed performing after a nun forced her to mime in front of the class in primary school. Recalling her first moment in the…

Paddington

24 Nov 20144 stars

The beloved bear is brought to the big screen by Paul King's charming adaptation

Ever since his creation in 1958 by author Michael Bond generations of children have grown up with Paddington Bear, so writer-director Paul King (The Mighty Boosh, Bunny and the Bull) faced no small task in bringing the hirsute hero to the big screen. By…

Julie Walters wants to be Bond villain

22 Nov 2014

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Julie Walters' dream role is to play James Bond villain. The 64-year-old actress would love to play an over-the-top baddie in the famous spy series, after being inspired by the actress Lotte Lenya, who played the main antaognist in the 1963 film…

Effie Gray

7 Oct 20143 stars

Victorian biopic featuring Dakota Fanning alongside screenwriter Emma Thompson

Delayed by two years due to legal wranglings surrounding Emma Thompson's screenplay, director Richard Laxton's period piece focuses on the early life of Euphemia 'Effie' Gray (Dakota Fanning), a young Scottish woman who marries older art critic John…

Julie Walters set for Coronation Street role

29 Jun 2014

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Julie Walters is set to land her dream 'Coronation Street' role. The 'Harry Potter' and 'Mamma Mia' actress has reportedly been in line for a part on the soap "for quite a while", and it is said show bosses are just trying to figure out the "right…

Julie Walters cast in Indian Summers drama

29 Apr 2014

TV gossip

Julie Walters will star in new Channel 4 drama, 'Indian Summers'. The 'Harry Potter' actress has been cast as expat society member Cynthia in the 10-part series about the last days of British colonial rule in 1932, according to…