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
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
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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