Miranda Richardson was born in England on March 3rd 1958. She comes from Southport in Lancashire (near Liverpool), and has one sister, eight years her senior. Her parents and sister are not involved in the performing arts.
At an early age, she performed in school plays, having shown a talent and desire to 'turn herself into' other people. She has referred to it as 'an emotional fusion; you think yourself into them'. This mimicry could be of school friends or film stars.
She left school (Southport High School for Girls) at the age of 17, and originally intended becoming a vet. She also considered studying English literature in College, but decided to concentrate on drama and enrolled at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (as did many well-known British actors). After three years she graduated and moved into repertory theatre. She became affiliated with the Library Theatre in Manchester in 1979, where she became an assistant stage manager. She obtained her Equity card, and after several regional productions, first appeared on the London stage (Moving at Queens Theatre) in 1981. British television roles soon followed, and then film. Since then, Miranda has moved into the international arena, and has made films in America, France and Spain. Television work (on both sides of the Atlantic) continues, as does some stage work.
Her roles are diverse, but powerful and engaging. She has been quoted as stating "what I basically like is doing things I haven't done before" and this continually comes through in the variety of roles she has played in her career. She is also selective in the roles she takes, being uninterested in performing in the standard Hollywood fare, and preferring more offbeat roles. Her attitude is summed up by a quote from an interview that appeared in the New York Times (Dec 27 1992) "I would rather do many small roles on TV, stage or film than one blockbuster that made me rich but had no acting. And if thats the choice I have to make, I think I've already made it".
Miranda currently lives in West London.
Her hobbies include drawing, walking, gardening, fashion, falconry, and music. She, by her own admission is a loner and lives rather modestly.
She is an animal lover, and has 2 cats (Emil and Ines), and 2 dogs (Liv and Ivo).
Charities that Miranda has supported include the World Society for the Protection of Animals, the World Wildlife Fund, Comic Relief, The Chelsea Royal Hospital, the Humane Society of New York, UK Childrens Hospices, Victoria Animal Hospital, the Tibetan Peace Garden project, the RSPCA and Alzheimers.