Miranda Jane Richardson (born 3 March 1958) is an English stage, film and television actress.
Richardson will return to the London stage for the first time in ten years, to play the lead in Wallace Shawn's new play, Grasses of a Thousand Colours at the Royal Court Theatre in May 2009. 
Richardson is well-known for her role as an infantile Queen Elizabeth I, aka Queenie, in the British television comedy Blackadder II (1986). Her portrayal of a troubled theatre-goer in Secret Friends (BBC 2 TV, 1990) was described as "a miniature tour de force... Miranda Richardson's finest hour, all in ten minutes" (The Sunday Times). Other television roles include the bitchy Pamela Flitton in A Dance to the Music of Time (1997), Miss Gilchrist in St. Ives (1998), Bettina the obsessive-compulsive interior decorator in Absolutely Fabulous, the sadistic Queen Elspeth in Hallmark's Snow White: The Fairest Of Them All (2001), and the emotionally repressed Queen Mary in The Lost Prince (2003).
Richardson has appeared in a number of high-profile supporting roles in the cinema, including Vanessa Bell in The Hours, Lady Van Tassel in Sleepy Hollow and Patsy Carpenter in The Evening Star. She also won acclaim for her performances in The Crying Game and Enchanted April, for which she won a Golden Globe, beating a quartet of Hollywood heavyweights: Geena Davis, Whoopi Goldberg, Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep.
Two of Richardson's Academy Award nominations (for Damage and Tom & Viv) have not affected her modesty. However, she refuses to discuss her private life in interviews and takes both leading and supporting roles in a variety of genres.
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