A critically-acclaimed, two-time Oscar nominee for her roles in the films Damage (1992) and Tom & Viv (1994), Richardson has also appeared in films such as Empire of the Sun (1987) (scored by John Williams), The Crying Game (1992), Merlin (1998), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Chicken Run (2000), The Phantom of the Opera (2004) and The Young Victoria (2009).
On television, she is best known for her numerous appearances in Rowan Atkinson's Blackadder franchise, most notably as "Queenie" in Blackadder II (1986), which featured various Harry Potter cast. She also appeared in The Lost Prince (2003).
Born and raised in Southport, Lancashire, Richardson considered studying veterinary medicine or English literature, but ultimately chose to enrol in Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and to pursue acting as a career. Currently, she lives in West London with her pets, two cats and two dogs. An animal lover, she contributes to charities such as the World Wildlife Fund, the Humane Society of New York, and the World Society for the Protection of Animals.
Behind the scenes
- The Blackadder franchise, one of Miranda Richardson's notable works, featured various personnel relating to Harry Potter throughout its seven productions. Richardson has overlapping appearances with:
- Stephen Fry (UK audiobook narrator) in five productions.
- Rik Mayall (Peeves) in three productions.
- Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid) in two productions.
- Jim Broadbent (Horace Slughorn) in one production.
- Richardson has appeared in two productions outside the Harry Potter films with Albus Dumbledore actor Michael Gambon: the 1999 film Sleepy Hollow and the TV drama The Lost Prince.
- Richardson has also starred alongside several other actors and actresses from the Wizarding World franchise in various projects:
- Ciarán Hinds (Aberforth Dumbledore) in the 2004 film The Phantom of the Opera.
- Rhys Ifans (Xenophilius Lovegood) and Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley) in the 2005 film Midsummer Dream.
- Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) in the 2008 film A Fox's Tale.
- Jim Broadbent and Julian Glover (voice of Aragog) in the 2009 film The Young Victoria.
- Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) in the 2013 film Belle, in which Richardson plays the mother of Felton's character.