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.

Filmography:
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
2006 Becoming Jane
2005 Wah-Wah
2004 Mickybo and Me
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
2003 Calendar Girls
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
2002 Before You Go
2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
2000 Billy Elliot
2000 All Forgotten
1998 Titanic Town
1998 Girls' Night
1997 Bathtime
1996 Intimate Relations
1994 Sister My Sister
1992 Just Like a Woman
1991 Stepping Out
1990 Mack the Knife
1989 Killing Dad or How to Love Your Mother
1988 Buster
1987 Prick Up Your Ears
1987 Personal Services
1985 Dreamchild
1985 Car Trouble
1984 She'll Be Wearing Pink Pyjamas
1983 Educating Rita