Iconic British actress Julie Walters awarded Damehood

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Postby Wayne » Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:07 pm


Julie Walters named Dame Commander by the Queen

Actress Julie Walters has been made a dame by the Queen in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

The Bafta-winning star was named Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to drama.

Dame Julie, 67, has starred in Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia!, Calendar Girls and the Harry Potter films.

She described receiving the honour, almost 35 years after her breakout role in Educating Rita, as "fantastic", adding: "It's not really real."

Dame Julie, who said she "weeded the garden" in celebration at the news, said: "It was slightly nerve-wracking, 'when do I curtsey?' But everyone is the same.

"It's one of those things where you feel relieved [when you've done it], then you look back and think 'how fabulous'.

"I thought 'I wish my parents were here'."

The star, originally from Smethwick, West Midlands, said she was given special dispensation for a day off from shooting the Mamma Mia! sequel to go to the palace, adding the experience was "numbing".

"The Queen said 'It's so marvellous that you've got this, I'm so pleased' and 'How long have you been doing acting?'

"I said '43 years' and she said 'In so many different things, well done."'

Comparing it to accolades awarded during her career, she added: "It's a different thing, it's the Government and the Queen, it's just a very different feel.

"It's a lovely thing, I can't explain it. The Baftas are fantastic and really important but it is about the business, and this is too but it's also about the country so it's special in that sense."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bi ... m-41903710
She's one of my favourite small-screen actors of all-time, this is totally deserved! 8-)
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Postby Biebz » Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:08 pm

Yes! Love her!
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Postby Wayne » Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:13 pm

Her body of work is INSANE - literally so much good stuff over the years on both the small screen and big screen.

But one of my favourite programs she ever did and the one that probably sticks with me most is Ahead of the Class...

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Postby BehindBreakaway » Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:24 pm

Love me some Julie Walters!!
3 months and I'm still sober, picked all my weeds but kept the flowers!
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Postby Spartan » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:15 pm

I already thought she was a Dame but this is very deserved, she has such a natural, warming gift.
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Postby menime123 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:18 pm

Such a wonderful actress. I once spent an evening at the theatre, watching her from the front row, acting her heart out alongside Helen McCrory and Rory Kinnear... just wonderful (those two are the best of their generation, believe me).

I wish she’d do her Corrie stint she has on her bucket list. I’d love to see her causing mayhem on the cobbles :lol:
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