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Academy Award-winner JULIE CHRISTIE recently completed a role in the third installment of the beloved Harry Potter series in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

The daughter of an India-based British tea planter, Christie was born in Chukua, Assam, India and grew up on her father's tea plantation. Educated in England and on the Continent, she planned to become an artist or linguist before enrolling in the Central School of Speech Training in London. She first stepped on stage with the Frinton Repertory of Essex in 1957, sealing her professional fate for the next four and a half decades.

In 1963, while performing a recurring role in the popular British TV series, A for Andromeda, Christie made her film debut with a small part in Crooks Anonymous. After her performance in The Fast Lady, director John Schlesinger gave her a supporting role in Billy Liar, which won attention from the critics and a subsequent supporting part in his 1965 feature Young Cassidy. Later that same year, Schlesinger made her a star by casting her in the title role of the drama Darling which earned her a Best Actress Oscar and a BAFTA award.

Christie's star continued to rise when David Lean picked her as Lara in his classic Doctor Zhivago. She followed this with a dual role in Francois Truffant's Fahrenheit 451, then teamed again with Schlesinger to star in Far From the Madding Crowd and played the title role in Richard Lester's Petulia.

She reigned as one of the films world's premiere leading ladies throughout the 1970's in such films as The Go-Between, Nashville and Don't Look Now. During this period, she also starred with Warren Beatty in three seminal films of the decade: McCabe and Mrs. Miller, which earned her another Academy Award nomination, Shampoo and Heaven Can Wait.

Christie's subsequent credits include Dragonheart, Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet and Afterglow for which she received her third Oscar nomination in 1998.


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