Kirdford residents congratulate Julie Walters

Julie Walters opens The Weald School's new drama studio. photo by derek martin
Julie Walters opens The Weald School's new drama studio. photo by derek martin

ONE of the nation’s best-loved actresses, Julie Walters, has been awarded an impressive accolade in recognition of her superb career.

And residents in the Midhurst and Petworth area have extended their congratulations to the Harry Potter actress, who is a resident of nearby Plaistow.

Julie was honoured at the British Independent Film Awards in London, on December 8, for her contribution to the film industry.

Sue Ransley, chairman of the Kirdford Village Shop committee, was delighted to welcome guest of honour Julie to officially open the shop in 2010.

Sue said: “We are very grateful for Julie’s support at the Kirdford Village Stores.

“She is always supporting local initiatives and we wish her very many congratulations on this well deserved award.

“Residents will be incredibly proud of her.”

The actress often lends her support to community events, having been involved with Plaistow pre-school’s maypole fete in previous years.

She also celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year when Plaistow and Ifold residents got together to mark the occasion in 2012.

Cllr Josef Ransley told the Observer: “As ward councillor for Kirdford and Wisborough Green I’m happy to say that I’m delighted the Film Industry has recognised Julie Walter’s contribution with this award.

“Locally we continue to benefit from her support for community projects and by just having such a talented and happy personality in our midst.”

She picked up the Richard Harris award, which recognises an outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.

It celebrates her acting career spanning more than four decades.

Julie began her acting career in television, working alongside comedian Victoria Wood.

She was nominated for an Oscar for her film breakthrough in the highly acclaimed 1983 film, Educating Rita and was nominated again in 2001 for her role as the ballet teacher in hit British film Billy Elliot.

Her forthcoming roles include Nan in The Harry Hill Movie and housekeeper Mrs Bird in next year’s Paddington.