The Purbeck Film Festival extends a heartfelt thank you to Dame Harriet Walter who came to the Rex Cinema in Wareham on Saturday, 30 October to introduce her latest film ‘Herself’, followed by a Q&A after the screening.
Dame Harriet Mary Walter DBE is a British stage and screen actress. Her film appearances include Sense and Sensibility (1995), The Governess (1998), Villa des Roses (2002), Atonement (2007), The Young Victoria (2009), A Royal Affair (2012), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Denial (2016), The Sense of an Ending (2017), Rocketman (2019) and Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel (2021).
On television she starred as Natalie Chandler in the ITV drama series Law & Order: UK (2009–14), as Lady Prudence Shackleton in four episodes of Downton Abbey (2013–15), in the miniseries London Spy (2015), as Clementine Churchill in The Crown (2016), in Patrick Melrose (2018), as Lady Caroline Collingwood in Succession (2018–19) and in the third season of Killing Eve (2020). She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2011 for services to drama. Walter began her career in 1974 and made her Broadway debut in 1983.
For her work in various Royal Shakespeare Company productions, including Twelfth Night (1987–88) and Three Sisters (1988), she won the 1988 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Revival. Her other notable work for the RSC includes leading roles in Macbeth (1999) and Antony and Cleopatra (2006). She won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress for her role as Elizabeth I in the 2005 London revival of Mary Stuart, and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play when she reprised the role on Broadway in 2009. She reprised her roles of Brutus in Julius Caesar (2012) and the title role in Henry IV (2014), as well as playing Prospero in The Tempest, as part of an all-female Shakespeare trilogy in 2016. She has worked many times throughout her career with the Royal Shakespeare Company and was made an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1987.