|Dame Harriet Walter DBE|
Dame Harriet Walter discusses the role of women in Shakespeare plays as part of the RSC's "Stand up for Shakespeare" programme in January 2009
|Born||Harriet Mary Walter
24 September 1950
London, England, United Kingdom
She is the niece of renowned British actor Sir Christopher Lee, as the daughter of his elder sister Xandra Lee. On her father's side she is a great-great-great-granddaughter of John Walter, founder of The Times. She was educated at the Cranbourne Chase School. After turning down a university education, she was in turn rejected by five different drama schools before getting into the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Following her training, she gained early experience with the Joint Stock Theatre Company, Paines Plough touring, and the Duke's Playhouse, Lancaster. Her partner, until his death in 2004, was actor Peter Blythe. On 21 May 2011 she married Guy Schuessler, an American actor (stage name Guy Paul).
She has worked many times throughout her career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, in productions including Nicholas Nickleby (1980), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1981), All's Well That Ends Well (1981), The Castle (1985), Three Sisters (1988), The Duchess of Malfi (1989), Macbeth (1999), and Much Ado about Nothing (2002).
She was made an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1987. Other theatre work includes Three Birds Alighting on a Field (1991), Arcadia (1993), Hedda Gabler (1996), Ivanov (1997), and Mary Stuart (2005).
She is also a patron of the Shakespeare Schools Festival, a charity that enables school children across the UK to perform Shakespeare in professional theatres, and a patron of Prisoners Abroad, a charity that supports the welfare of Britons imprisoned overseas and their families.
She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2000 New Year Honours and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to drama.
Stage – notable performances
- 1981/2, Royal Shakespeare Company, Helena in All's Well That Ends Well
- 1987/8, Royal Shakespeare Company, Imogen in Cymbeline
- 1987/8, Royal Shakespeare Company, Viola in Twelfth Night (Olivier Award, "Actress of the Year in a Revival", for this production, A Question of Geography and Three Sisters, below)
- 1987/8, Royal Shakespeare Company, Dacha in A Question of Geography
- 1988, Royal Shakespeare Company, Masha in Chekhov'sThree Sisters
- 1989/90, Royal Shakespeare Company, Duchess in John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi
- 1991, Royal Court Theatre, and Broadway transfer, Biddy in Timberlake Wertenbaker's "Three Birds Alighting on a Field"
- 1993, Royal National Theatre, Lady Croom in Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
- 1999 Royal Shakespeare Company, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth
- 2002 Royal National Theatre Paige in Dinner by Moira Buffini, co-starring Nicholas Farrell and Catherine McCormack.
- 2005, Donmar Warehouse and West End, Mary Stuart by Schiller ("Best Actress" in Evening Standard Theatre Awards)
- 2006, Royal Shakespeare Company, Antony and Cleopatra
- 2009, Mary Stuart, Broadway transfer
- 2010, Royal National Theatre, Women Beware Women
- 2012/13 Donmar Theatre, Brutus in Julius Caesar (play) 
- George Eliot: A Scandalous Life (2002) (TV) – Mary Ann Evans/George Eliot
- London (2004) (TV) (BBC) – Virginia Woolf
- Rebecca (1979) – Clarice
- Play for Today: The Imitation Game (1980) – Cathy Raine
- Amy (1984) – Amy Johnson
- The Price (1985, mini series) – Frances Carr
- Strong Poison (1987) – Harriet Vane
- Have His Carcase (1987) – Harriet Vane
- Gaudy Night (1987) – Harriet Vane
- La Nuit Miraculeuse (1989)
- Ashenden (1991, miniseries) – Giulia Lazzari
- The Men's Room (1991, miniseries – Charity Walton
- Bye Bye Columbus (1991) – Queen Isabella
- The Hour of the Pig (1993) – Jeannine Martin
- Inspector Morse – The Day of the Devil (1993) – Dr. Esther Martin
- The Maitlands (1993) – Mrs. Dorothy Maitland
- Hard Times (1994) – Rachel
- A Dance to the Music of Time: segment two (1997, miniseries)- Mildred Blaides
- Norman Ormal: A Very Political Turtle (1998) – Felicity Ormal
- Unfinished Business (1998, TV Series) – Amy
- The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns (1999) – Queen Morag
- Dalziel and Pascoe Time to Go (1999) – Mary Waddell (guest appearance)
- Black Cab – Busy Body (2000) – Jane (guest appearance)
- Waking the Dead – A Simple Sacrifice (2001) – Annie Keel (guest appearance)
- My Uncle Silas II (2003) – Pamela Farrell (guest appearance)
- Spooks – aka MI-5 (USA) – Who Guards the Guards? (2004) – Deep Throat (guest appearance)
- Messiah: The Harrowing (2005) – Prof Robb
- New Tricks – Episode #2.3 (2005) – Madeline (guest appearance)
- Midsomer Murders – Orchis Fatalis (2005) – Margaret Winstanley (guest appearance)
- Ballet Shoes (2007) – Dr Smith
- Cat Among the Pigeons (2008) – Honoria Bulstrode
- Little Dorrit (2008) – Mrs. Gowan (guest appearance)
- The Palace (2008) – Joanna Woodward (guest appearance)
- Law & Order: UK (2009-2012) – Detective Inspector Natalie Chandler
- Midsomer Murders - Death and the Divas (2013) - Diana Davenport (guest appearance)
- Downton Abbey - Season 4 (2013) - Lady Shackleton (guest appearance)
- By Any Means (2013)
- Reflections (1984) – Ottilie Garinger
- The Good Father (1985) – Emmy Hooper
- Turtle Diary (1985) – Harriet Sims (bookstore clerk)
- Milou en mai (1990) – Lily
- They Never Slept (1990) – Amelia Cleverly
- A Man You Don't Meet Every Day (1994) – Charlotte
- Sense and Sensibility (1995) – Fanny Dashwood
- The Leading Man (1996) – Liz Flett
- Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1997) – Julia Comstock
- Bedrooms and Hallways (1998) – Sybil
- The Governess (1998) – Mrs. Cavendish
- Onegin (1999) – Mme. Larina
- Villa des Roses (2002) – Olive
- Bright Young Things (2003) – Lady Maitland
- Chromophobia (2005) – Penelope Aylesbury
- Babel (2006) – Lilly
- Atonement (2007) – Emily Tallis
- Cheri (2009) – La Loupiote
- The Young Victoria (2009) – Queen Adelaide
- Morris: A Life with Bells On (2009) – Professor Compton Chamberlayne
- From Time to Time (2009) - Lady Gresham
- A Royal Affair (2012) – Augusta, Princess of Wales
- The Wedding Video - Alex (2012)
- Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation
- Scenes of Seduction, radio play written by Timberlake Wertenbaker and directed by Ned Chaillet, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 7 Mar 2005 – Catherine.
- Desmond Olivier Dingle (as herself), broadcast on BBC7 on 28 February 2007, episode 2 of 6, duration 30 minutes
- The Arts and How they was done (Radio Show) (as herself), broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between 4 April and 9 May 2007, episodes 1 and 6 out of 6, duration 30 minuteses
- I, Claudius, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 December 2010 – Livia, wife of Augustus.
- Guest in Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4 on 26 June 2011.
- Macbeth (Actors on Shakespeare) (2002). Faber and Faber, London. ISBN 0-571-21407-X
- Other People's Shoes (2003). Nick Hern Books, London. ISBN 1-85459-751-5. Autobiography.
- Facing It, Reflections on images of older women (2010). Self Published, London. ISBN 978-0-9566497-1-3
- Fox, Chloe (2007-02-03). "The world of Harriet Walter, actress". The Daily Telegraph
- Posted on: 8 April 2011 07:49 (2011-04-08). "News: Stationers celebrate Times links". InPublishing. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
- Aida Edemariam (15 January 2011). "Life's looking up, Dame Harriet". The Guardian.
- "Walter, Harriet Mary". Who's Who. Oxford, England: A & C Black. 1995.
- Shorter, Eric (6 August 2004). "Obituary: Peter Blythe". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 November 2010.
- Culture. "Harriet Walter: 'Why I am getting married at 60'". Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
- "Dame Harriet Walter | Shakespeare Schools Festival". Ssf.uk.com. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
- The London Gazette: . 31 December 2010.
- "Billy Elliot musical dominates Broadway's Tony award shortlist". The Guardian. 5 May 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2010.
- "Olivier Winners 1988". The Official London Theatre Guide. 24 April 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
- "BBC News report on critical reception". Retrieved 6 December 2012.
- "Scenes of Seduction · British Universities Film & Video Council". Bufvc.ac.uk. 2005-03-07. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
- Harriet Walter at the Internet Movie Database
- Company Members : Harriet Walter at the Royal National Theatre
- Official website