“In both, we are asking humanity to do something it’s never done before – not to progress, to put the brakes on, to go into reverse, to dismantle some of the things we’ve got used to.”. She is to star in the third season of BBC America’s Killing Eve, in the new Julian Fellowes period drama Belgravia, in Herself, an Irish film about a single mother directed by Phyllida Lloyd – and in another big film, as yet unnamed. She said early in the run she was occasionally tempted to hop on the nearby Eurostar. In each situation, I’m either the wise old lady who’s done lots of stuff or the clueless person who’d never done a Star Wars movie. “It’s a sort of grab-what-you-can-when-it-comes feeling,” she says. Harriet Walter was born on September 24, 1950 in London, England as Harriet Mary Walter. Will Jamie Laing be second-time lucky? Won the London Evening Standard Best Actress award for her stage portrayal in 'Mary Stuart'. Newsquest Media Group Ltd, Loudwater Mill, Station Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. Press Association 2020. She has high cheekbones and that downward slant to her eyelids that’s so attractive in people who’ve lived a bit. | A mortician’s windowless basement couldn’t be more harshly lit than the room chosen for this interview, but Walter’s natural warmth quickly mitigates the glare. She quotes the openly-discussed gender issue in The End where her young granddaughter (who has also tried to commit suicide) is transitioning from female to male, and a bewildered Edie struggles to overcome her prejudices. Please review our, Join the conversation, log in or register to comment, Harriet Walter photographed for the Telegraph last month, The role that led to a deluge of fanmail: Harriet Walter in Star Wars Episode VII, "Shakespeare, I would love you to come back and do some rewrites": Harriet Walter in the Donmar’s Julius Caesar, As Clementine Churchill with John Lithgow in The Crown, Harriet Walter as Lady Shackleton in Downton Abbey.
“It would be nice to think there was a cause and effect: because I’d done my years in the theatre, these are the rewards. Edie has a possibility of change.
She is an actress, known for Sense and Sensibility (1995), The Young Victoria (2009) and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
I probably meet a whole new team of people four times a year. That’s about it.”. I'm childish and silly. Her experience as Lady Shackleton, twinned with Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess in Downton Abbey, made her feel as if she was “among friends” and she was such a politically intelligent Clementine Churchill in the Netflix series The Crown that audiences had to rethink Winston’s wife as a key player. Edie’s suitcases clank with booze. It has got to come from the person themselves before the point where they can no longer express their wishes.”. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. I try to accept doubt, and I try to live with indecision. Harriet Walter on feminising Shakespeare, Star Wars fandom and why TV is more nerve-wracking than the stage “My strangest experience was my six words in Star Wars… “I’ve had more fanmail from that than anything I’ve ever done.”. She joked that she even “came close to doing a ‘Stephen Fry’,” referring to the actor walking out on West End play Cell Mates in 1995, pleading stage fright. She can be a surly 16-year-old one moment, and an overbearing, critical mother the next.”, At the core of The End is assisted dying, a subject Walter thinks should be better aired. Nominated for the 2009 Tony Award for Best Performance for a Leading Actress in a Play for "Mary Stuart". “One day, you’re going to come in here, and find me dead,” she mutters, facial muscles working, hatchet-faced. Her films include The Sense of an Ending, Suite Française, Sense and Sensibility, Young Victoria and Louis Malle’s Milou en mai. Whether acting on Broadway, in blockbusters or in new TV comedy drama, The End, Harriet Walter has learnt to accept life’s fuzzy logic. “It’s something we all need to take on.”. I don't need much more than seven and a half hours, but I probably get six. And she has. She was awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2011 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to drama. It has been signed in blue Ink. Who are you talking to when you talk to them? “The reason I revisit it, though less often now, is not because I want to indulge in misery – I don’t any more. Surely, she argues, by marshalling all the richness of the English language, we can find the right formula to legalise assisted dying without jeopardising the vulnerable. Strictly Come Dancing 2020: can Nicola Adams go all the way? Her Nina in Thomas Kilroy’s Irish version of The Seagull in 1981 with Anna Massey, Alan Rickman and Anton Lesser, marked a career turning point. It’s just not possible to believe it. “I feel churlish for saying this, but many of us feel excluded, and I would love you to come back and do some rewrites.” Tongue-in-cheek, she hopes the Bard doesn’t mind that she has been playing three of his male protagonists recently – in Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female trilogy Julius Caesar, Henry IV and The Tempest, set in a women’s prison. Harriet Walter: My six words in Star Wars got a better response than the rest of my career put together Whether acting on Broadway, in blockbusters or in new TV comedy drama, The End, Harriet Walter has learnt to accept life’s fuzzy logic By Elizabeth Grice 1 February 2020 • 11:00am Premium . However, Dame Harriet said despite that she still feels most comfortable on the stage. But if I had really wanted them, I think I would have done something about it, and anyway, I didn't have the man in my life at the time. Acting allowed her to disprove her parents’ typecasting of her as “a bit timid and hypersensitive”. Walter is amused by the “immortality” conferred by Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) “I did six – or was it eight? In her sparkling book Brutus and other Heroines: Playing Shakespeare’s Roles for Women, she writes a teasing letter to William Shakespeare, urging him to do better by women. So it’s much more nerve-racking,” she said. “In every area of life, I hate people who leap to judgments. “When somebody close to you dies, you can never understand it,” she says. “I found a lovely new husband, plenty of work, my life quality was restored and good. This site is part of Newsquest's audited local newspaper network. “She has locked herself up from early motherhood, and now, she’s suddenly being encouraged to smoke dope, let her hair down, have an affair, flirt. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, View agent, publicist, legal and company contact details on IMDbPro, Surprising Stars of the 'Star Wars' Movies, Know their craft (a pleasure to be watching). Harriet has signed in blue sharpie pen. She says she is prouder of her three theatre-based books on acting (plus a photography book, Facing It, celebrating older women) than of any part she has played “because they’re the only thing I’ve done that I’ve initiated and finished. She played Mary Wollstonecraft, the mother of "Frankenstein" author. Walter portrayed Lady Shackleton in the television series Downton Abbey, has appeared in such films as Sense and Sensibility (1995) and Atonement (2007), and starred in the ITV drama series Law & Order: UK (2009–14). If you are dissatisfied with the response provided you can contact IPSO here. She said: “When it got really terrifying, I did think that I could just walk across the road and get on the Eurostar.
Patron of the Net Curtains Theatre Company. The actress, 66, has won accolades including an Olivier Award for her stage performances and has appeared in hit television series such as The Crown and Call The Midwife. HP10 9TY | 01676637 | Registered in England & Wales. She told Radio Times: “My strangest experience was my six words in Star Wars. Most people tease me because I'm a bit daft. Data returned from the Piano 'meterActive/meterExpired' callback event.
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