Walter, Harriet 1950–

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Walter, Harriet 1950–


Full name, Harriet Mary Walter; born September 24, 1950, in the United Kingdom; daughter of Roderick Walter and Xandra Carandini (maiden name, Lee; later known as Lady de Trafford); niece of Christopher Lee (an actor). Education: Attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Addresses: Contact—Conway van Gelder, Ltd., 18-21 Jermyn St., London SW1Y 6HP, England.

Career: Actress. Royal Shakespeare Company, associate artist, 1987; Peter Hall's Cannon's Mouth (a classical theatre company), associate artist, beginning 2003, associated with other theatre groups, including Plaines Plough, Common Stock, Joint Stock, and 7:84.

Member: Amnesty International, Friends of the Earth.

Awards, Honors: Sony Radio Best Actress Award, 1988 and 1992; Laurence Olivier Theatre Award, best actress in a revival, Society of West End Theatre, 1989, for Twelfth Night, A Question of Geography, and The Three Sisters; Theatre World Award and Drama Desk Award nomination, outstanding actress in a play, both 1994, for Three Birds Alighting on a Field; decorated Commander of the British Empire, 1999; Laurence Olivier Theatre Award nomination, best actress, 2001, for Life × 3; Honorary D.Litt., University of Birmingham, 2001; British Independent Film Award nomination, best actress, 2002, for Villa des roses; Evening Standard Award, best actress, 2005, for Mary Stuart.


Stage Appearances:

Madeline Bray, milliner, Miss Ledrock, Sprouter, waitress, and young fiancee, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (also known as Nicholas Nickleby), Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1980–81.

Ophelia, Hamlet, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1980–81.

Cloud Nine, Royal Court Theatre, 1980–81.

The Seagull, Royal Court Theatre, 1980–81.

Helena, All's Well That Ends Well, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court Theatre, 1980–81, then Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1983.

Helena, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1981, Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, 1982, Barbican Theatre, London, 1982.

Skinner, The Castle, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Pit, London, 1985.

Imogen, Cymbeline, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1987.

Daria Bielskina, A Question of Geography, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Other Place, 1987, Gulbenkian Studio, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, 1988, The Pit, 1988.

Viola, Twelfth Night (also known as Twelfth Night, or What You Will), Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1987, Theatre Royal, 1988, Barbican Theatre, 1988.

Masha, The Three Sisters, Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, 1988.

Title role, The Duchess of Malfi, Royal Shakespeare Company, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1989, Newcastle Playhouse, Newcastleupon-Tyne, England, 1990, The Pit, 1990.

Biddy, Three Birds Alighting on a Field, Royal Court Theatre, c. 1991, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I, New York City, 1994.

Lady Croom, Arcadia, Royal National Theatre, Lyttelton Theatre, London, c. 1993.

Anna, Old Times, Wyndham's Theatre, London, 1995.

Claire, Sweet Panic, Hampstead Theatre, London, 1996.

Title role, Hedda Gabler, Chichester Theatre, Chichester, England, 1996.

Julie Cavendish, The Royal Family, Haymarket Theatre Royal, London, 1996.

Anna, Ivanov, Almeida Theatre, London, c. 1997.

Celia Smithers, The Late Middle Classes, Palace Theatre, Watford, England, 1999.

Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, Royal Shakespeare Company, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1999–2000, Young Vic Theatre, The Cut, London, 2000, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 2000, Roundhouse Theatre, London, 2001.

Reader, Morte d'Arthur, Royal Shakespeare Company, Almeida Theatre, 2000.

Sonia, Life × 3, Royal National Theatre, Lyttelton Theatre, London, 2000–2001, also produced at the Old Vic.

Beatrice, Much Ado about Nothing, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Haymarket Theatre Royal, and Theatre Royal, all 2002.

Paige, Dinner, Royal National Theatre, Loft Theatre, London, 2002, also produced at Wyndham's Theatre.

Lori, Us and Them, Hampstead Theatre, London, 2003.

Reader, The Hollow Crown, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 2005.

Queen Elizabeth I, Mary Stuart, Apollo Theatre, London, 2005–2006.

Appeared as Portia, The Merchant of Venice, Manchester Royal Exchange, Manchester, England. Appeared in other productions, including The Children's Hour, Royal National Theatre; The Possessed, Almeida Theatre; and a production at the Duke's Playhouse, Lancaster, England 1974.

Major Tours:

Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, Royal Shakespeare Company, English and international cities, c. 1999–2000.

Appeared in tours.

Film Appearances:

(Scenes deleted) Woman in asylum, The French Lieutenant's Woman, United Artists, 1981.

Ottilie Garinger, Reflections, Artificial Eye, 1984.

Harriet Sims (bookstore clerk), Turtle Diary, Samuel Goldwyn, 1985.

Emmy Hooper, The Good Father, Skouras Pictures, 1987.

Lily, Milou en mai (also known as May Fools, Milou in May, and Milou a maggio), 1989, Orion Classics, 1990.

Amelia Cleverly (cat lady), They Never Slept, 1990.

Jeannine Martin, The Hour of the Pig (also known as The Advocate), Miramax, 1993.

Charlotte, A Man You Don't Meet Every Day, [Great Britain], 1994.

Narrator, "The Fairy Queen," William Christie et les arts florissants, ou la passion du baroque (documentary), 1994.

Fanny Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility, Sony Pictures Classics, 1995.

Liz Flett, The Leading Man, BMG Independents/Northern Arts Entertainment, 1996.

Julia Comstock, Keep the Aspidistra Flying (also known as Comstock and Rosemary and A Merry War), Lions Gate Films, 1997.

Mrs. Cavendish, The Governess, Sony Pictures Classics, 1998.

Sybil, Bedrooms and Hallways, First Run Features, 1998.

Madame Larina, Onegin, Samuel Goldwyn, 1999.

Olive Burrell, Villa des roses, Upstream Pictures/Moonstone Entertainment, 2002.

Lady Maitland, Bright Young Things, FilmFour/ThinkFilm/Icon Film Distribution, 2003.

Penelope Aylesbury, Chromophobia, 2005.

Television Appearances; Series:

Frances Carr, The Price, Channel 4 (England), 1985.

Mildred Blaides, A Dance to the Music of Time, Channel 4, 1997.

Amy, Unfinished Business, BBC, 1998–99.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Clarice, Rebecca, BBC, c. 1978, also broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, c. 1980.

Harriet Vane, "Gaudy Night," A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery (also known as Gaudy Night: A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery), BBC-2, 1987, broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, 1987.

Harriet Vane, "Have His Carcase," A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery (also known as Have His Carcase: A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery), BBC-2, 1987, broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, 1987.

Harriet Vane, "Strong Poison" (also known as "Lord Peter Wimsey"), A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery (also known as A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery: Strong Poison), BBC-2, 1987, broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, 1987.

Charity Walton, The Men's Room, BBC, 1991.

Giulia Lazzari, Ashenden, BBC, 1991, Arts and Entertainment, 1992.

Queen Morag, The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns (also known as Leprechauns and Kampf der Kobolde), NBC, 1999.

Actress (segments three and four), In Search of Shakespeare, BBC, 2003, PBS, 2004.

Virginia Woolf, London, BBC, 2004.

Professor Robb, Messiah: The Harrowing, BBC, 2005.

Five Days, HBO, 2007.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Amy Johnson (title role), Amy, BBC, 1984.

La nuit miraculeuse, [France], 1989.

Queen Isabella, Bye Bye Columbus, BBC, 1991.

Felicity Ormal, Norman Ormal: A Very Political Turtle, [Great Britain], 1998.

Mary Ann Evans/George Eliot, George Eliot: A Scandalous Life, BBC, 2002.

Pamela Fareel, My Uncle Silas II, Yorkshire Television (England), c. 2002, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre (also known as ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre and Mobil Masterpiece Theatre), PBS, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Licking Hitler, 1974.

"Licking Hitler," Play for Today, BBC, 1978.

Cathy Raine, "The Imitation Game," Play for Today, BBC, 1980.

Herself, Refuse to Dance: The Theatre of Howard Barker, [Great Britain], 1986.

Mrs. Dorothy Maitland, "The Maitlands," Playhouse (also known as Playhouse: The Maitlands), BBC, 1993.

Rachel, Hard Times, BBC, 1994, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre (also known as ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre and Mobil Masterpiece Theatre), PBS, 1995.

Voice, The Churchills, PBS, Canadian television, and British television, 1996.

Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, Channel 4 (England), 2001.

Mary Wollstonecraft, Frankenstein: Birth of a Monster, BBC, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Royal Shakespeare Company actress number three, "Mr. Yummy Brownie," Girls on Top, Independent Television (England), 1986.

Dr. Esther Martin, "The Day of the Devil," Inspector Morse, Independent Television, 1993, also broadcast on Mystery!, PBS.

Narrator, "Jean Renoir: Part One—From La Belle Epoque to World War II," Omnibus, BBC, 1993.

Narrator, "Jean Renoir: Part Two—Hollywood and Beyond," Omnibus, BBC, 1993.

Mary Waddell, "Time to Go," Dalziel and Pascoe (also known as Dalziel and Pascoe: Time to Go), BBC, 1999, also broadcast on Arts and Entertainment.

Jane, "Busy Body," Black Cab, BBC, 2000.

Annie Keel, "A Simple Sacrifice," Waking the Dead, BBC, 2001.

Deep Throat, "Who Guards the Guards?," Spooks (also known as MI-5), BBC and Arts and Entertainment, 2004.

Herself, "Stage vs. Critics," University Challenge, BBC, 2004.

Duchess of Malfi, "Sleeping Murder," Agatha Christie's "Marple" (also known as Marple and Marple: Sleeping Murder), Independent Television, 2005.

Margaret Winstanley, "Orchis Fatalis," Midsomer Murders, Independent Television and Arts and Entertainment, 2005.

Herself, Sunday AM, BBC, 2005.

Madeline, New Tricks, BBC, 2005.

Radio Appearances:

Herself, "Sharpen Your Memory," The Memory Experience, BBC Radio 4, 2006.

Appeared in BBC Radio productions of Ballet Shoes, Mrs. De Winter, Rebecca, and The Secret Garden.



Mary Stewart, Thunder on the Right, Chivers Audio Books, 1988.

Barbara Vine, A Dark Adapted Eye, Chivers Audio Books, 1990.

Olivia Manning, The Great Fortune, Chivers Audio Books, 1992.

Lynne Reid Banks, The L-Shaped Room, Chivers Audio Books, 1993.

William Boyd, Brazzaville Beach, Chivers Audio Books, 1993.

Olivia Manning, The Spoilt City, Chivers Audio Books, 1993.

Various authors, Classic Women's Short Stories, CSA Word, 1993, produced as Classic Short Stories for Women, CSA Word, 1995, Classic Women's Short Stories: V. 1, CSA Word, 1999, and Best of Women's Short Stories, CSA Word, 2004.

George Eliot, Middlemarch, Penguin Audiobooks, 1994.

Caroline Harvey, Legacy of Love, Chivers Audio Books, 1994.

Caroline Harvey, A Second Legacy, Chivers Audio Books, 1994.

Olivia Manning, Friends and Heroes, Chivers Audio Books, 1994.

Barbara Vine, Asta's Book, Chivers Audio Books, 1994.

Linda Davies, Nest of Vipers, Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1995.

Amanda Quick, Mistress, Bantam, 1995.

William Shakespeare, The Shakespeare Collection, Hodder Headline Audio, 1995.

Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, Penguin Audiobooks, 1996.

Hilary Mantel, An Experiment in Love, Chivers Audio Books, 1996.

William Shakespeare, Essential Shakespeare, High-bridge, 1996.

Various authors, Classic Women's Short Stories 1 and 2, CSA Word, 1996.

Nicci French, The Memory Game, Chivers Audio Books, 1997.

Sheena Mackay, The Orchard on Fire, Random House Audiobooks, 1997.

Clare Francis, A Dark Devotion, Chivers Audio Books, 1998.

Charles Dickens, Hard Times, CSA Word, 1999.

Nicci French, The Safe House, Penguin Audiobooks, 1999.

Various authors, Classic Women's Short Stories: V. 3, CSA Word, 1999.

Harriet Walter, Other People's Shoes: Thoughts on Acting (also known as Other People's Shoes), Penguin Audiobooks, 1999.

Various authors, Classic Women's Short Stories: V. 2, CSA Word, 1999, produced as Best of Women's Short Stories 2, CSA Word, 2006.

Lynne Reid Banks, The Backward Shadow, Chivers Audio Books, 2000.

Amanda Quick, Mischief, Random House Audio, 2000.

William Shakespeare, William Shakespeare: Readings from the Tragedies, Droffig, 2000.

Jane Austen, Lady Susan, Naxos Audiobooks, 2001.

Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, edited by Lin Salamo, Harriet Elinor Smith, and Walter Blair, illustrated by John Harley and E. W. Kemble, University of California Press, 2001.

William Shakespeare, King Lear, Naxos Audiobooks, 2002.

George Eliot, Middlemarch, Naxos Audiobooks, 2003.

Affiliated with various audio recordings.



Other People's Shoes: Thoughts on Acting (autobiography; also known as Other People's Shoes), Viking, 1998, produced as an audiobook by Penguin Audiobooks, 1999.

Nonfiction; Contributor:

Carol Rutters and others, Clamorous Voices—Shakespeare's Women Today, The Women's Press, 1988.

Various authors, Players of Shakespeare 3, introduction by Robert Smallwood, Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Mother's Reflections by Daughters, 1995.

William Shakespeare, Macbeth (part of Actors on Shakespeare series), edited by Colin Nicholson, Faber and Faber, 2002.



Evening Standard Hot Tickets, January 14, 2000, p. 19.

The Independent, September 6, 1994, p. 25; February 12, 1997, p. S4; November 27, 2003, pp. 12-13.

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