Julie Walters (Evie)
In "Driving Lessons” Julie Walters plays eccentric actress Evie Walton who helps young Ben (Rupert Grint) find himself, and in the process saves herself. "It's a great rites of passage story. There's a lot of mutual healing that goes on between this young man and this eccentric older actress. Evie was just heaven to play.”
Born in Birmingham, Julie Walters trained as a nurse. It is hard to imagine how British television, theatre and cinema could have coped had she stayed in her first profession.
Fortunately, she changed her mind, joined the Liverpool Everyman and met playwrights Alan Bleasdale, Alan Bennett and Willy Russell. And, soon after, Victoria Wood. These four, and others, keep her supplied with wonderful roles. Making the move to films, Julie received her first Oscar nomination for "Educating Rita” for which she also won a Golden Globe. Julie received her second Oscar nomination for her portrayal of as the stern but encouraging dance instructor in "Billy Elliot." And continuing to the present day, Julie plays Ron Weasley's mother in the "Harry Potter” movies. Most recently, she has appeared in a sell- out six months in the West End of London in "Acorn Antiques” by Victoria Wood and directed by Trevor Nunn.